Free Coloring Pages, Once Again – The Junonia

spotted junonia seashellOne of the things I used to offer on this blog was free, printable coloring pages with pictures of seashells. Readers seemed to appreciate the printables and I’ve wanted to bring them back.

I have begun to create some new pages that contain seashell outlines. These coloring pages are free to anyone for personal or classroom use. Homeschool moms and dads especially like to use them in their marine biology studies.

Aside from schooling, these free pages can be used to keep youngsters happy when they may otherwise be bored. Take along for a car or plane trip to keep the kids occupied and away from the tech devices. Use at the kids table at a wedding event. Be sure to provide lots of crayons and felt pens in a wide array of colors.

Kids, and even adults, may learn something from the images. I’ll provide the common name of the shell (what I call it!) and the scientific name, if possible. I’ll include a real photo of the shell on my blog, when possible, just in case that is helpful.

You may be able to find old coloring page images on this blog, but from here on out the pages will be newly created. Some of the old ones may have a reference to “Squidoo”, which is defunct. The new pages will have my SeashellsbyMillhill blog listed.

Let’s start the coloring collection with a favorite shell called the junonia, or Scaphella junonia (scientific name). It’s also known as Juno’s volute. I have written about this shell before. I don’t have one in my collection of shells mainly because I have only visited Sanibel Island a couple of times. And both times I knew nothing about collecting rare seashells. I’m sure I was an oddball on the island at the time, since most people visiting Sanibel know it’s a shellers paradise.

Click on the image below and print! Enjoy…..

junonia shell coloring page

Read a story about the history of, and finding of a junonia at Concologists of America.

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My amazing St Croix Fishing Rod

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St. Croix fishing rod review.

Originally posted on CartersFLcharters:

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I absolutely love my St Croix (Mojo Inshore) Fishing Rod! It is a 7′ rod with a medium heavy stiffness and a fast action. The medium heavy weight is for decent size fish. You never know how big of a fish you will catch in the Intra Coastal here in Florida. The fast action is for fast and powerful hook setting for those fish that are tough to set hooks on such as sheepshead with rows of human like teeth.

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The Secret to Collecting Seashells You’ll Keep

collecting seashellsBeaches everywhere have sea life and seashells, but some beaches are better for collecting seashells than others. The secret to collecting seashells you will want to keep, and display, is twofold. First, figure out what it is you are looking for, in general. Do you want a great big fabulous shell for the coffee table or mantle? Or, are you looking for a bunch of shells to use in a craft project? Maybe you dream of finding a whole sand dollar, or you need more cockle shells for a picture frame.

There are shells that are very common and others that are rare finds. Some people search for years for that special junonia or lion’s paw or other coveted shell. Every vacation to the tropics is partially spent eyeing the beach sand and snorkeling in hopes of getting lucky. The shell must not be occupied, which further narrows down the availability. Taking seashells that are inhabited is usually against the law. Often empty shells become a home to hermit crabs or some other sea creatures which move in after the mollusk dies. You can’t collect those either.

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Tropical Beach Shells

Obviously if you want to collect special shells, sand dollars, starfish and sea urchins, you should know where to go to find them. There are no guarantees, but it’s a good idea to search where there is a greater possibility of success.  Know the laws of the area before you collect anything. Also, don’t spend all your time searching at the waters edge. Shells wash up with the tide, so check out the dune area for shells left behind after high tide.

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Olive Shells

Do your research when planning a vacation, or traveling to a nearby beach. The west coast of Florida is known for it’s wonderful beachcombing opportunities. The Keys also have an abundance of shells, and the water is so clear that it may be the perfect place to easily find a beautiful specimen.

Small, whole shells can be found almost anywhere, and they can be quite striking as well. Even bits and pieces that belonged to large shells are interesting finds. It’s best to just enjoy the variety and hope for something extraordinary. That’s the fun of shelling.

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Seashell With Orange Inside

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Seashell

This pretty picture of a seashell with orange inside came from a contributor at the Pixabay site. I’ve noticed over the years that more and more wonderful seashell photography has been added to the free to use, public domain site.

I will be honest and say that I don’t know what this shell is. Users of Pixbay don’t usually list where the shell was found, and users live all over the world. The one who uploaded this shell picture is from the Czech Republic.

This shell is a gastropod with a short spire (top swirl). The only info I have are the tag words posted with the picture, which are “seashell”, “sea”, and “the clams”. A clam shell is a bi-valve – comes in two parts – so I would say this is not a clam. At least it’s not any kind of clam I have seen.

If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a whelk or a conch, which does not really narrow it down much!  It looks to me like the tail of the shell might be broken.  See how the dark orange on the inner lip abruptly ends?  If it once had a longer tail the shell would take on a different appearance.  And how long was the tail?  We can only guess.

We also don’t know the true size of this shell.  It could be quite large, or the photo could be a macro image of a very tiny shell.  All this information is used to identify mollusks, and we don’t have access to it.  I’m not even sure if the photo below (by the same user at Pixabay) is of this same shell, but I assume it is.

Do you have any guesses as to what type of shell it is?  Maybe you know it’s name.  If so, please share.

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Spiral top of a Seashell

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