Little Shell Cut in Half Among A Million Others

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.

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Shells left by the high tide

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.
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Once again I am reminded to look closely at what is beneath my feet on the beach.

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Inside of tiny shell

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.
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7 Comments Add yours

  1. So many people fail to look down when outside; while I am a sky watcher when roaming a beach I spend more time looking at the surface around me. There’s so much to see! I love the small tidal pools which seem to just team with life. Even up here when I visit the coastal areas in the Kenai Peninsula I always take time to roam the often rocky coasts in search of said tidal pools.

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      It’s too easy to miss the little bits of nature all around us. I’m sure your area has interesting beaches and tidal pools.

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  2. The Artist's Child says:

    Love “skeleton” shells. I have one small like this although it is a different type of shell. It looks like a spiral staircase or something from a Salvador Dali surrealist painting.

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      Skeleton shell… great choice of wording. I had a hard time figuring out what to call this one. It’s so cool to get a look inside the home of a snail.

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  3. I love the sculptured shape of broken shells

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      When I find something so tiny and interesting I wonder at how much I am missing by not looking closely enough.

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      1. sounds to me that you look pretty closely

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