Whelks in general are fairly resistant to physical
stress, and many intertidal species are exposed to
and well adapted to deal with much harsher
conditions than a little toss through the air.
Unless the snail actually collided with a rock
when you threw it and sustained significant damage
to the shell, there is a good chance that the
whelk that you encountered on your trip to Florida
is still happily cruising the sea floor.
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