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I captured this Lightning Whelk on the breaker rocks on North Beach in Corpus Christi. Sometimes, when the water is clear you can see hundreds of them lining the rocks. If the waves are really crashing, they get washed up on shore. Many of my mornings are spent picking them up and putting them back on the water.


ocean, sea, nature, crab, shell, corpus christi, lightning whelks


  • Gayle Dolinger
    Gayle Dolingerover 4 years ago

    very nice!

  • That was fast Gayle. Thank you.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonover 4 years ago

    how wonderful, Regenia! i can see that little critter under that shell!

  • Thank you Gail. I had to sit very quiet for a while to get him to come out. Geronimo was very curious and it took a few times for me to convince him to sit very still. As soon as it would move, he had to check it out. LOL.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • Elizabeth Bennefeld
    Elizabeth Benn...over 4 years ago

    That’s darling! Congratulations on convincing Geronimo. Don’t think either of my two would sit still.

  • He has been a good student Liz. I think he understands what I am doing. Once I get his picture out of the way, he usually lets me work.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    How fabulous – what a great capture.

  • Thank you so much.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • Conanicut
    Conanicutover 4 years ago

    Cool – gorgeous shot.

  • Thank you Steve. I am so glad you are here!

    – Regenia Brabham

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldover 4 years ago

    Perfect capture…I miss the beach! Thank you for bringing it to me.

  • Thank you Susan. I hope to bring you lots more.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 4 years ago

    Yes, we “shell”! Like this very much!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Regenia Brabham

  • Karen  Roberts
    Karen Robertsover 4 years ago

    Oh wow! I have never seen the critter inside one of these shells!

  • They are so cool Karen. They draw up so tiny on the inside. I had never seen one out either since they are so skittish.

    – Regenia Brabham

  • peggym
    peggymover 4 years ago

    I really like this one Regenia!!Peggy

  • Thanks so much Peggy!!

    – Regenia Brabham

  • RichardKnight
    RichardKnightover 4 years ago

    This is so interesting. What are these crabs called? They do not have shells of their own, so they look for the shells of dead animals, move in, and then tote the shells around with them.

  • Thank you Richard. Erik was nice enough to leave the name for us. They are called Lightning Whelks. I have found the occasional empty one but have only kept two of them since they are great mobile homes for the others.

    – Regenia Brabham

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