09-05-2007, 08:12 AM
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How to tell when a Conch is dead?
Funky topic I know. I went to Hilton Head for the holiday weekend and slashed a giant slice across the bottom of my foot whilst swimming in the ocean. I retrieved my attacker and it was a conch shell smaller than your fist with the slug dude still inside.
I took the shell back with me and after 3 days of the thing being out of water it is not dead. If I try to grab the slug by the hard foot it just retracts back up inside the shell. How can this thing live for so long out of water?
Yesterday I placed it down inside a small freshwater tank that I had sitting around with one tiny little fish in it. The conch retracted up tight and from time to time a bubble comes out.
Any ideas how to tell when the guy has died? Once dead what is the best way to remove the slug so I can keep the shell? Is there any kind of glaze I can put on the shell to shine it up a bit (it's a very pretty shell)?