Fossilized Busycon Whelk
Busycon is a genus of very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks, in the family Buccinidae. These snails are commonly known in the U.S. as whelks or Busycon whelks. Busycon comes from the Greek: bous meaning cow and sykon meaning fig; translating to large fig. This is one of the few genera of gastropods in which the shell may coil either to the right or the left. These fossils date to the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era (65 million to 136 million years ago). This example was found at Windmill Point, in Lancaster County, Virginia along the Chesapeake Bay (in sight of the light house). Size: 6 inches long by 2 ¼ inches wide at its maximum and 1/2 inches wide at its minimum. This example is naturally worn and shows detail of inside shell.