Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Biggest Shell in The World!

It was brought to my attention (thanks Julia) that the shell I had listed for Texas in a recent post was wrong. The official state shell of Texas is the Lightning Whelk Busycon perversum. This has now been corrected after extensive research. Well, basically I just googled Texas and some conchologists.

I found the Lightning Whelk listed as the official state shell in the Texas State Archives and on the website for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. So, I'm siding with the Texans and am happy to let the conchologists continue their discussion.

Now we all know that Texas prides itself with BIG things — BIG cars, BIG houses and BIG hair…




but did you know they also have the BIGGEST snail shell?

Not the biggest example, the actual biggest snail shell in the world!

Take a look at this baby…



World's largest snail shell

This world record shell is an Australian Trumpet and measures 30 inches (72.6 cm) in length.


Holy moly, could you imagine finding this washed up on the shore?



snail shell


 And that's not the only big shell they have on exhibit…





Compare...


I just love how they exhibit them in a BIG way…



Houston Museum of Natural Science

The record has been set straight, as far as I'm concerned…my daddy taught me to never argue with a Texan!

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History may house the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens and the Bailey's Shell Museum in Sanibel, Florida may be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks, but the display in Houston is AMAZING!

Here's a video tour with one of the curators and yes, he does say in the video that the Lightning Whelk Busycon perversum IS the state shell of Texas. Thanks David, for clearing this up for all of us.


Now for my fellow shellers, you might just want to watch this video for the information he gives on cones shells. Did you know that in other countries they are venomous? Whoa…I won't be looking for those on any dive trips. Not that I dive, but you know what I mean.




20 Thoughtful Comments:

Drawn to The Sea said...

Hey, you left out big egos, & big mouths!

I generally try to stay out of the ant bed, but Houston's museums & nature exhibits are wonderful.
Went to the shell hall several years ago, it's indeed a gorgeous display... hard to tear yourself away.

p.s. not all of us have big hair...just so ya know ;-)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is entirely awesome, Rhonda. It is like a dinosaur shell!! What a neat place to go! Do you have a record size shell in your collection [meaning record size for you}?

Thanks for your comments today....you are right, the room may have a beachy feel, the aqua is almost like sea glass!

XO,
Janew

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow! Now that is some shell, Rhonda! I always love going shelling with you...

XO,

Sheila (who is tired from her ordeal tonight and a bit out of sorts... LOL!)

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

All I have to say is WOW! Those shells are really HUGE!

merrilymarylee said...

Really interesting!

Conchologist, huh?!

Karen said...

How cool would it be to find one HALF that size!

jmac said...

Hey........easy on the big mouths....well, ok. Never mind. We do have pretty big mouths that overload our brains, often!!! But your daddy had wise advice....NEVER argue with a Texan...we like to win!! Always!!
Our lakehouse is in Uncertain, TX....where is it? Not sure. HA.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Awesome find...., great to know!!!!!! 30 inches, I'm trying to imagine that, haha! Just tweeded and facebooked this. So cool.

Kaybe said...

I'd like to see you sick that shell in the pocket of your shelling shorts. Gosh ...what am I thinking...we are mobile now thanks to our new beach carts.

Love ya !

Cat & Cricket said...

This rocks! Absolutely amazing!
Smiles~
Cricket

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very interesting. Great post.

CHERI said...

Honey, if you found a shell that big they'd have to tote you off the beach on a stretcher (along with a death grip on that thing)!

becky said...

Holy moly, alright! You gotta dive for those suckers, don't you if they're going to come up in such perfect condition?

becky said...

Holy moly, alright! You gotta dive for those suckers, don't you if they're going to come up in such perfect condition?

simpledaisy said...

Wow...can you even imagine finding a shell that big!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I can only imagine trying to display that shell in my house. It would take up most of my living room!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Holy Moly Rhonda
I've always wanted to say Holy Moly in a blog post but thought people might be offended.. hahaha... but this deserves a Holy Moly if anything does!!!

Brava Julia... Brava Rhonda.. ciao xxx Julie

The Muse said...

Loved loved loved this...I absorb facts like this like a sea sponge LOL
WOW, can you imagine finding something like that? (those)

PS loved your fb post about your shell finds, they were simply marvelous! ::)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow! Imagine the creature that crawled out of that one!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! That is the big momma of all shells there! OMG! If you came across that one on the beach I bet it was because you literally ran into it! LOL! Thanks for sharing this, I had no idea there was a shell that large anywhere. Leave it to Texas to have one! LOL! Love this!

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