Fotuto shell musical instrument

Shell of the species Charonia variegata with an orifice at its apex. This shell which is abundant in the waters surrounding the island was very useful, first as a food and also as a household item and for body ornaments. In this case it was made into a musical instrument some sort of a trumpet. By blowing air through the orifice it was possible to get bass tones out of it. This instrument was called Fotuto and it could be played during festivities but also to warn the fishermen about bad weather or to ask for help from any seafaring craft.