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AJ Baxter is a Professional Geologist and amateur photographer who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All of the images in this blog were captured and processed by him during his frequent and on-going journeys and adventures in Belize, Central America. His photographic focus is on fine art, nature and landscape images while at the same time providing a visual insight into travel & tourism in Belize. His inspiration is a hybrid blend:  part scientific, part artistic, and part romantic - all fueled by an urge to travel and discover.
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Gorgeous conch shell

Up north on Ambergris Caye while pushing in a road the operator unearthed old conch shells that were over 30 inches across.

Five types of conch found in the Caribbean

Now like most of you I grew up at Caye partially and ate Conchs Fritters and Conch Soup. I thought conch was conch not knowing that there are a variety found in the Caribbean. Yes, Alan just pull this Caye gal out a hole. I decided to read up on the Indian Fighting Conch. At times we donít think about the type of food we eat, the laborers or how it land on our plate. Thanks to laws in place to prevent overfishing. You next time at the cayes look at the conchs on your next dive. You may be able to tell the difference.

Why are they called Fighting Conch?

They got the name "fighting conch" because when you pick them up they have a defense reaction whereby they swing their operculum around and try to cut you. In other words, they fight you.

Below are photos of five types of conchs found in the Caribbean.

Mexican Fighting Conch (Strombus gacilor)
Florida Fighting Conch (Strombus Alatus)
Indian Fighting Conch (Strombus pugilist)
Caribbean Queen Conch (Strombus Gigas)
Milk Conch

Mexico Fighting Conch

Florida Fighting Conch

Indian Fighting Conch growth stages

Caribbean Queen Conch, this is the one we eat.

Milk Conch

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