More than 70,000 animals belong to the Phylum Molluska. These animals are defined by hard outer shells which protect their soft bodies--those octopi and squid which no longer have outer shells have internal fragments of these shells. Mollusks can be found in a variety of habitats from trees to freshwater streams to tidal pools to ocean deeps. These size of these animals ranges from 1/10 inch to over 70 feet in length. They can weigh anywhere from 3/100,000 of an ounce to more than 500 pounds.
Clams, oysters, snails, chitons, octopi, and squid are all members of the Phylum Molluska.
Many people know the mollusks of this area by the seashells they leave behind. Most of these seashells were made and used by mollusks, but some belonged to crustaceans or other marine invertebrates. There is one regulation on shelling at Cape Lookout: each person is limited to 2 gallons of shells per day. But please, leave the shells with animals in them.
Some of the most common and notable mollusks in this area are listed below.