Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
short spindle shell, Australian tulip shell, horse conch
A common species of sea snail, tulip shells are quite large spirals with nodules on the shoulders and a horn-like projection out the front of the main body. The foot can be vivid red in colour and the shell may vary considerably in colour between locations. These carnivorous snails prey on invertebrates during the night.
Whilst these shellfish are edible, they can be quite tough.
Found in waters 0-100 metres in crevices on sheltered and moderately exposed reef systems. Widely distributed around Tasmania.
The bleached shell is often seen washed up in rock pools or on beaches. Limit your catch of these large shellfish as taking large amounts of predators from an ecosystem can have serious impacts on other species.
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