Red Abalone

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Red Abalone
Haliotis rufescens

Conservation Status: Not endangered, but protected by law

Size: Shell can be between 8-12 inches long. Weigh between 1 to 2 kilograms.

Range: West coast of North America.

Habitat: Rocky areas, attached underneath rocks; water up to 100 feet deep.

Diet: Feeds primarily on kelp, algae and plankton.

Breeding: February to April; a female can lay up to 2 million eggs.

Notes: The meat of the abalone is considered a delicacy and the consumption of it is seen as a symbol of a person’s high social status and wealth.

Description & Behavior
The red abalone has a large clam-like shell, reddish in color. Inside the red abalone shell is iridescent, silver in color. There are holes along one side of the red abalone’s shell for breathing. The red abalone has a large black foot underneath.