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its shaped kind of like a lightning whelk except its barely an inch and its tanish. I found it in west palm beach florida. i have no idea what it could be!
Sounds like it is a juvenile lightning whelk (Busycon sinistrum or Busycon contrarium - there is some discussion regarding the proper name). They start life a lot smaller than an inch, only a few millimeters in length. Check your specimen against this picture ...

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thats it!!!!!!!! <img src="images/smiley/clap.gif" alt="" border="0" />