More about the common whelk

What they eat?

The common whelk is common in coastal areas of the north Atlantic; in Europe it spans from Norway to Spain and from Labrador to New Jersey along the North American seaboard. In Sweden it is most common in the Skagerak and Kattegatt, but sparse in the Öresund and southern Baltic. The common whelk thrives in cold water areas where the salinity is between 2% and 3%. This species is found on most types of bottoms, but in Swedish waters is far more common on soft bottoms between
5-200m. It appears as though the common whelk prefers different types of food and environments during different phases in its life, for example the young tend to live in shallower water than the older.

Whelk on soft bottom

The whelk is common on soft bottoms. 



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