Are you a Shell Collector?
I am. Always have been. Thought I’d seen it All. And then I met the Ultimate Shell…
The Caribbean Queen Conch – a Jewel in the Turks & Caicos Island Crown.
Divers dive down to pluck the conch from the ocean floor using a “conch hook”. To remove the animal from its shell, the diver uses a mason’s hammer to knock a slit in the top of the shell to release the suction – called the “knock”. A knife is inserted into the hole to “jook” and cut the tendon that is attached to the inside upper spiral of the shell that anchors the conch to it. The technique is called “knock”, jook and pull” and it’s a very fast and efficient way to remove the conch. The shells are discarded and wash up on the beach. Over-fishing has depleted wild stocks of Conch. Conch is listed as a commercially endangered species.
To learn more about the Queen Conch, we visited the Caicos Conch Farm.
Making Conch Music. The same technique as blowing a trumpet…
After 1 year, the Conch are moved to the shallow water pens. Conch reach maturity at 4 years old.
Meeting Sally and Jerry Conch. The Elders at 12 years old. Slimy, yet impressive.
I was speechless the first time we uncovered a Queen Conch shell on our beach.
Magnificent. Conch are so impressive sitting half buried at the shore line. Like buried treasure.
No…we didn’t eat Conch. But we should have. Conch Salad, Conch Fritters and Conch Stew.
Maybe next time.
I did take some Conch Shells home. Carefully wrapped in clothes in the luggage. Truth be told, I had to leave some clothes behind to make room for the Conch. I was that enamored.
All So Very Magical.
Turks and Caicos is somewhere ideal for those who want to go on a luxury travel vacation or honeymoon. Turks and Caicos villas are truly amazing and well worth considering if you’re after your own private slice of Caribbean luxury.