Seashell Identification: How It Began

Florida 2008
Image by mathewingram via Flickr

I am not a seashell expert, just an everyday person who has recently taken an interest in identifying the Florida shells I have collected over the years.  

While walking the Florida beaches during the many years I lived there, picking up pretty seashells was just part of life. It was something to keep the kids happy on vacation and we always went home with a bucket of their favorite shells. …..continue reading

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  1. Caron White says:

    Thank you so much for leaving such nice comments on my blog! So glad to find yours too, make sure to follow me on Facebook at “Caron’s Beach House” – love meeting fellow beachcombers. You ought to see my basement full of Sanibel Shells…

    Caron

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  2. Found a puffy, roundish shell like creation with five slits on it. Some say it’s the inside of a sea urchin but we’ve opened several and nothing like it. It’s white, about 1.5 to 2 inches , very light. Can you identify this for us? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Patricia,
      Could your “shell” be a sea cookie?
      https://seashellsbymillhill.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/types-of-sand-dollars/

      It sounds like it’s an Echinoderm of some kind – those include the sand dollars and sea urchins. They are not actually “seashells”.

      Try this link (below)- it has a lot of photos of living sea life. Or search on line for others. I don’t know where you found it either, but I don’t know much about them.

      http://www.starfish.ch/reef/echinoderms.html

      Glad you visited my blog! Please return and let me know if you find it’s name!

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  3. You have some of the best seashells shots!

    I have to hope the parents were looking with sympathy but I doubt they all were. The sales girl looked pretty unhappy with me when we left. Oh well.

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  4. centria says:

    My parents have a place down on Fort Myers Beach and we like to go shelling, especially down at Lovers Key. I will try to remember your site next time we go down there, to better identify our shells.

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    1. Thanks centria, for visiting. I stayed on Fort Myers Beach in the 80’s and I’m sure it is now much more built up, but the beaches will always be beautiful.

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