The Giant Horse Conch is the Death Star of the Mollusk World

(Photo: Jax Shells/Amy Tripp)

The Giant Horse Conch (Triplofusus giganteus) can grow up to 24 inches across. It's most commonly found off the Atlantic coast of Florida at depths of 43 to 223 feet. If you go scuba diving there, the Giant Horse Conch is waiting for you. And it's hungry.


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This video shows the monster hunting non-human prey: a Tulip Snail. I highly recommend watching the entire video, including the battle between scavenging hermit crabs at the end.

-via Rocket News 24


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I can't see the video bc I'm at work, but I couldn't resist the urge to correct the fact that in the picture, the horse conch is attacking a lightning whelk, not a tulip snail.
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The metric system? Too weird. Look, this creature can grow up to 0.00149129086 furlongs across and live at depths between 0.064622604 and 0.338025929 furlongs.

That's a lot easier to visualize.
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Conch Ceviche:

Ingredients:

•1 lb. ground Conch (Available in our Market)
•1 - 1/2 Large White Onions, Chopped
•4 large Tomatoes, Chopped
•4 Green Peppers, Chopped (Green, Yellow & Red for Color)
•8 Pepperoncini Diced
•1/4 cup of Pepperoncini Juice
•2 cups of Lime Juice (Fresh Squeezed is Best, or use Key West Lime Juice)
•Salt & Pepper to Taste
Preparations:

Wash ground conch and squeeze all excess water out. Place Conch in a glass container (do not use metal as an off flavor will occur). Cover ground conch with lime juice and chill for several hours, preferably overnight. Drain excess lime juice not absorbed from conch. (Don't squeeze it out, just tip the bowl and let excess run off) Add vegetables, pepperoncinis and pepperoncini juice. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Recommendations:

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours prior to serving. Keeps great for 4-5 days. Serve with crackers (we recommend Triskets!)
Recipe serves 12-14 guests.
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