How to Draw a Whelk

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Whelk in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Whelk.

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How to Draw a Whelk - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the shell, using irregular lines and many points.

Step 2: Near the front of the shell, draw a head that resembles the letter "W."

Step 3: Draw the body that connects the head to the shell.

Step 4: Add a few lines to the spiral shell.

Step 5: Draw some more lines as detail on the whelk's shell, and your design is finished.

Interesting Facts about the Whelk

Whelks are short with a yellow, brown shell that also have lighter and darker spiral areas. In total, it has seven or eight “whorls” (spirals) and a large opening that tapers off to a point. When searching for food, the Whelk extends a “siphon” which funnels water to its gills. It is also used to smell its prey. Breeding occurs October to May – during which up to one thousand eggs are attached to rocks.

Did you know?

  • They are considered gastropods
  • They are carnivorous
  • Diet consist of mollusk and polychaete worms
  • Only part of the eggs laid will become fully developed
  • Can live up to ten years in the wild

Lesson Plan Idea – Using a poster board (or several) let kids glue pom poms to it to represent the Whelk eggs. Showing exactly how many eggs a female lays during a breeding season.You could also turn this into a math lesson – if only one hundred eggs developed fully, what fraction of the eggs survived? (Example)

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