These sea shells from the coast of Florida are not all the same.
The red and purple ones are Calico Scallops. My reference book tells me that the Calico can be spotted with red or purple. They are found on the East coast of the U.S. from North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.
The white one with brown stripes looks like it might be a Cross-Barred Venus shell.
I have been using this photo of the shells in a circle as my avatar at Narrow Road Designs and the photo was taken by me. I don’t live near the beach any longer so I had to substitute sugar for the beach sand. (The beaches in the Florida panhandle do have whitish sand).
- Donate a Seashell Kit to Your Child’s School (seashellsbymillhill.com)
- Finding Shells (and Other Creatures) on The East Coast of Florida (seashellsbymillhill.com)
- Would You Have a Seashell Driveway? (seashellsbymillhill.com)