The Florida fighting conch is a plant eating mollusk. Its name likely is derived from the feisty attitude it displays when picked up rather than from any violent tendencies toward other snails. True members of the conch family, these 3-4 inch long snails have two notches at the front of their shells that their unusually large, stalked eyes project through. Fighting conchs often move in hops. They pick up their shell, leap forward a short distance in normal travel, or a few inches in escape mode, then pick up the shell and leap forward again. Storms and currents sometimes cause these snails to wash up along barrier island beaches in large numbers.