Found a Unique Seashell Called The White Baby’s Ear

We’ve had a few cool days recently (60’s is cool here) so I decided to take a trip over to Smyrna Dunes Park to search the beach. And it turned out to be a very interesting shell-collecting afternoon.

In fact, I hit the seashell jackpot! One of the shells I found is called a White Baby’s Ear (Sinum perspectivum). I’ve never found one before!

Baby's ear seashell
Baby’s ear seashell

Hopefully you can see the tiny lines on this shell that make it interesting. It’s more of a gray color, but I put it in the afternoon sun to get the photos.

The swirl of this shell reminds me of the Shark’s Eye, and it is related to the Moonsnail, which is a smaller version of the Shark’s Eye. The Baby’s Ear looks like a flattened moonsnail.

Baby's ear seashell
Inside the little baby’s ear shell

The other version of the Baby’s Ear is the “Maculated Baby’s Ear” which has some brown streaks.  It’s always fun to find something different, but this shell is so tiny it would be tough to find another.  It was pure luck I noticed it in the sand.  It’s almost exactly the same color as the beach sand.

Many of the great shells I found recently were found because I stood still in one spot and really searched the beach around me.  They would be very easy to pass by while walking.

shells in the sand
The wind was covering, or maybe uncovering, shells along the beach

Author: Pam

Spending time on the water is the best, and blogging about the sea life found along the saltwater river and ocean is what I do. I’m also a designer at Zazzle and sell my work, with a lot of ocean themes, on the site.

11 thoughts on “Found a Unique Seashell Called The White Baby’s Ear”

  1. Hi June, I love the black shells. I don’t know anything about the baby’s ear, but they seem to be rare in my area.

  2. I look for these and find them all the time. Just found a black one that is beautiful. I’m in NC.

  3. That is a good idea-many animals will die in captivity if taken from the wild. It’s great that you have such a cool hobby! Your photos are definitely good enough to share-keep it up!

  4. Yes, I’ve collected a lot of the ones I photograph for this blog. I find many with hermit crabs inside, and I never collect anything that is occupied or living. That’s when I get a photo only, and hopefully it is good enough to share with my readers!

  5. I imagine there are many wonderful shells buried when the tide moves all that sand around. I find a lot of black shells in this area.

  6. The sand is so white no wonder it is so hard to see. In yellow sand white shells stand out. It’s yellow shells that are a problem. very pretty shell.

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