|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda|
or Baler Shell
Most volutes are carnivorous. The melon shell has a strikingly patterned body and can reach very large sizes (length up to 23cm). They occur on sandy/muddy substrates, usually in deeper sublittoral waters but are occasionally washed up on the shore. They are edible. Their empty shells are used as water-balers by fishermen in many parts of the world to scoop water out of their boats.
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre