Laura's horse conch

Laura D. just arrived on Sanibel and very excited to find some good shells. This is an email she sent me….

“…..we got up at 5:30 this morning and went out in the dark (with head lamps in the rain) and found tons of urchins, 2 nice figs And this horse conch!!!! I looked inside and was so excited to see an empty perfect shell! Right in the middle of the beach!!!
I put it in my bucket open side up and ten minutes later noticed some redish claws!! It was home to a big crab! I was bummed but we put him back in the water:) It was quite a morning!”

Those sneaky “squatter” crabs!