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!
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.
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.