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This large shell is likely from the marine snail the Queen Conch, which is currently distributed along the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and nearby coastal waters. Historically, shells were traded from these coastal areas up north to the interior. This specimen was found in central Alberta, and is part of a project investigating the possibility of trade of these shells many centuries ago.
The Queen Conch can live well over 30 years, develops a very thick shell for protection, has a large thick lip (flared), is harvested by people for food, and is currently listed internationally as endangered.