Official State Shell of New Jersey
New Jersey designated knobbed whelk (Busycon carica gmelin) as the official state shell in 1995. Knobbed whelk shells can be found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey. All State Fish, Shells & Aquatic Life
Commonly called a conch shell, the shell of the knobbed whelk is large, solid, and pear-shaped, coiling from left to right (as seen from its apex). The knobbed whelk is yellowish-gray in color, with brownish purple axial streaks in juveniles.