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Identifying Seashells; The Murex Family

A characteristic of the Murex shell is that it has spikes or spines shooting out all over it.¬† Finding one is good shape is difficult because of the rolling in the surf and sand which breaks off the spikes. Mine … Continue reading

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Seashell Identification – Common Atlantic Shells

We always called this long thin shell (pictured on top of two *Pen Shells) a “fingernail”. The correct name for it is a Jackknife Clam. I believe this one might be the “Minor Jackknife Clam” since it was found in … Continue reading

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Ridges on the Olive Shell

The animal that lives inside the Olive Shell (family Olividae), has a powerful “foot” that helps it burrow down into the sand and hide in order to grab it’s pray as it passes by. They feed on bivalves¬†(mostly shells with … Continue reading

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The Alphabet on Cone Shells

Harlan Wittkopf has had 35 years to find cone shells on the beaches of Sanibel Island and he has quite a nice collection of Alphabet cones.¬† In fact, his collection is so extensive (alphabet cones are fairly rare) that he … Continue reading

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Seashell ID: The Strawberry Conch

Here is your seashell lesson for the day. This shell is one of my most interesting of my “Gastropods” or shells in one piece… interesting to me anyway because of the pretty color inside. I just recently discovered that it’s … Continue reading

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