Kellet’s Whelk

Aquarium Inhabitant Bio

Kelletia kelletii


A large sea snail. Can be identified by its long and narrow cream-colored shell and orange "foot," which is the body of the snail visible outside of the shell. The shells of Kellet's Whelk are commonly covered by encrusting algae.

Habitat and distribution

Can typically be found on the seafloor of rocky reefs and kelp beds. Ranges from central California to central Baja California.


A carnivorous scavenger, Kellet's whelk typically feed on dead organisms on the seafloor.

Fun Fact

Although the Kellet's Whelk is primarily a scavenger, it can also act as an active predator, attacking and consuming other small invertebrates.