Did you know the sound of the ocean you hear when putting your ear to a conch is our own blood rushing in your brain with every heartbeat or some say it it the surrounding sounds resonating within the shell?
Either way it is WAY COOL, just ask any child or Diver!
The Conch is a beautiful creature. As more and more industries harvest this wonderful shell and meat, newer divers are finding it harder and harder to see one on their underseas adventures. However recently on my trip to the Florida Keys, I was able to spot a healthy population of the Conchs in areas not too many divers get to dive. As I dove around looking, I would pick up one and check inside and it was a very very cool feeling to see the lovely conch checking me out. Almost every Conch I touched had a living Queen inside. As I went over the grassy areas, I became better at spotting the little eye stalks stick out from under their gorgeous Home-shell. Occasionally, I would turn over a shell because nothing was moving to see if it were vacant and low and behold I found Mr./Mrs. Crabbs hanging out. Even underwater, I could hear the laughter from the other divers as I jumped not expecting Crabbs to reach for me, sucked down a few PSI for sure.
After regaining my composure, I was on a mission to find a few Conch shells that were vacant to turn into football trumpet horns. My sons football team depends on me to bring the noise. High School rules state we can not bring artificial noise makers. So the Waddell Conch blowing begins, Lenny-my father-on-law (Rest in Peace) would cut the tip just right to make the most unusual sound. A sound so authentically natural and loud, the announcer would have to stop talking until the sound of the horn had faded away.
The shell sound is known around the globe as the shell trumpet or Triton's trumpet. I like to call it the "FB Horn" and it makes the football opponents stand up and take notice and it is a little errie on a Friday night under the lights. If I forget the conch, which if any of you know me then you know I have left it before, the kids go crazy, "Mrs. Waddell don't you know we can hear it on the field!" Then the parents start in on me. So this year I will have several to choose from, I just hope I can cut them the way, Lenny did. Wish me luck! As you can see this is a family blowing event, Devin has the largest lungs and can really make it sound!
As a dive leader, I teach the divers I train and dive with to respect the ocean and all the creatures. Make sure of the current status of what you would are thinking of taking and that is not a home for other creatures. By doing a little homework, we can preserve the oceans and its Keep for future generations. So the next time you buy jewelry and/or eat some conch know each harvester should be following the rules of the ocean and laws set in place. Do the research and in the countries that are known to NOT follow the rules....do not eat or by the jewelry. Send Harvesters a message and maybe if each one of us take action our new upcoming young diver will be able to share the same wonderful experiences we are experiencing today.
AES will be hosting another trip down to the Keys with a private oceanfront home and private charter going where we want to dive and collect shells and lobster and a few fishes....if you would like to join us or add to your scuba training visit our website
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Happy Diving --- Genette