Strombus alatus Gmelin, 1791 Living Specimen
Florida Fighting Conch

    In sand near the high tide mark just south of the boulders of the south St. Johns River Jetty, Mayport Naval Station Beach, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 9/27/2011 (87 mm.). This species is present offshore in northeast Florida at SCUBA diving depths and empty shells in various stages of decay are periodically found washed on to the beach. However, in over two decades of actively shelling the beaches of Duval County this is the first live specimen that this reporter has found intertidally.