Conch is pronounced “Konk” coming from a Greek word meaning shell. Conch Shells have been the official ‘unofficial’ symbol of Key West since they seceded from the U.S. in a mock ceremony back in 1982 becoming the Conch Republic.
Welcome to the “Conch Republic”. Read the hilarious true story on its naming by clicking on the link provided.
Once conch shells were easily found in shallow waters off the entire Keys. Your best bet these days as a ‘Land Lubber’ is seen below for sale in every souvenir shop by the hundreds throughout Key West and the Keys.