mollusks have weddings

We went to Atlantic City a few weeks ago, and saw lots of things on the beach that we wanted to believe were natural wonders and one actually pretty cool specimen:

It took a few minutes of internet searching to figure out what it was...
here's a clue:
the most expensive item at the asian grocery store
You're right! It IS a strand of egg pods, the casing from the eggs, from a large whelk (sea snail). The kind of whelk that produces this pod looks just like a large conch, but conches are found in warm water whereas whelks thrive in cold, jersey shore temperatures.

And now..


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