Conch Shell Tradition by Logan

Every evening at sundown we blow the conch and all the other boaters blow them at the same time.  It sounds really cool with the echoing in the bay.   A conch is the shell of a snail but it has 2 eyes and a little foot it walks around on.  They are very good eating.  To eat them, you cut a hole in the side of them at the 5th ring to get them out.  If you want a conch horn, you have to seal up that hole you made with some putty then at the 4th ring, you cut the top off the conch and it will look all spirally inside.  With a chisel, you hit the spiral out of it so it just looks like a funnel.

Conch shells are used for many different traditions.  One is at sunset, some are at weddings and a bathing ceremony.  These traditions take place in The Bahamas, The Caribbean and Hawaii.  Here is a picture of our conch.  This is the first one we caught.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset.  This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago.  The shells all make a different sound.  It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset. This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago. The shells all make a different sound. It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

There are some conch that are good to eat and some that are bad to eat.  The good type is a Queen Conch.  The type you don’t want to eat is a King Conch.  The King Conch look a lot more beautiful but they do not taste so good.  You can’t eat any conch that are in 20 feet of water (deep water).  They are called black conch.  They are the regular Queen Conch but if you eat them from deep water, it will make you sick.

Logan

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5 thoughts on “Conch Shell Tradition by Logan

  1. Logan, We want to eat conch when we are there next month. We will need your help picking the good ones. Also, we would love to bring home a conch shell for the boys. Maybe you could show us how to seal it so they can blow it, as well. Have a great trip the next few days!
    David & Valerie & Boys

  2. I have a conch shell but never know what to do to be able to use it as a horn. Thanks for the info. Maybe I can bring it to Idaho when you get back and you can help me with that.

    • If you don’t have the end cut off of it, I can do that for you. If you do have the end cut off of it, press your lips tightly together and make them ‘vibrate’. Make sure to blow hard. Sometimes you have to rotate the conch to get the right spot to make it blow. Logan

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