Every year we make a trip to the Gulf Specimen Lab in Panacea, Florida. They have many tanks where they keep creatures collected from the Gulf of Mexico. This is a Florida Horse Conch, which, in 1969, was declared the official state shell of Florida. It’s one of the largest univalves in the world and can reach a length of 24”. This one is only about 12” long. You can see the animal’s large, bright orange foot, which it uses to slowly move along the ocean bottom. The foot can be fully retracted into the shell.