Ever see those beautiful long, nautilus type shells along the shore here in Rockaway? We all love them, and sometimes pick them up and decorate our homes with them. In some cases, those shells are known as whelks, and were once ignored by fisherman as they searched for shrimp, squid and octopus. You see the squid could be turned into calamari, which served fried with red sauce, is an Italian staple. And polpo, served cold or hot, is the octopus that is found on many Mediterranean menus. Ever wonder then, what the heck scungilli is? Well, those are the sea creatures that live in the whelk shells, which can be found up and down the eastern seaboard. Essentially, they are sea snails! I hope I haven’t ruined that for you.