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During Captain Tim’s Morning Beach Walks you might encounter a Florida fighting conch, or at least one of its shells. The conchs live in water five to 25 feet deep. Don’t worry if you see one of these guys while you’re paddling about. Despite their name, the Florida fighting conchs aren’t looking to exchange blows (unless you’re a male interested in one of their lady friends). Their shells, which can grow up to four inches long, are a real treasure for beachcombers. Hit the beach after a nasty storm and you may find hundreds swept ashore. During their breeding season each spring, you may see the conchs closer to the shore. Unlike other mollusks, which lock themselves in their shells when pulled out of the water, the Florida fighting conch lives up to its name. It will thrash wildly, trying to escape. If you find a live shell, remember what Captain Tim always says: “If they’re home, leave them alone.”

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