Found a little shell which looked cut in half and added it to my collection. It was among the millions of shells piled along an island beach.
I haven’t been boating, fishing or beach-combing for a while. Sometimes life gets in the way of those things. Also, it’s been cool here in Florida – which I love, but my son with the boat thinks 60 degrees is “freezing”.
Also, I share my car with my youngest son and don’t have the freedom to up and go whenever I want. He is usually gone to work. So traveling to the beach has to wait.
Last time we were out fishing (not catching much, by the way) I took some photos along one of my favorite island beaches. I always end up with more photos than I use on my blog, so this is a good time to go back and find the good ones to share.
The shells were piled up from the tide, which made a cool little berm. I bent down to get a shell group photo. After I took the picture, I noticed the shell that was cut in half. Among all the little clams and broken bits, this spiral showing the inside whorls was a pretty cool find.
Once again I am reminded to look closely at what is beneath my feet on the beach.
I’ve been trying to figure out what type of gastropod it is. My best guess is a crown conch. It’s so small that I really don’t know, and juvenile shells can look vastly different that big shells. But this one has tiny bumps, which could have eventually turned into the spikes you see on a King’s Crown, also known as a Crown Conch.
Another reason I chose the Crown shell as the ID is that I see lots of them in this area. They are the perfect home for hermit crabs is seems. So it makes sense that this little one would be that type.