Orange seashell with hermit crab

Video of Big Hermit Crab in the Wild

While searching the backwater beach at low tide, I found a big lightning whelk shell encrusted with barnacles. I thought that either it was alive, with the snail inside, or a hermit crab had taken up residence. It turned out to be the latter. Most of the time hermit crabs will quickly duck down deep […]

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Florida starfish nine-legged, five-legged

Sea Life Specimens Under Glass

At Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach there is a display of sea life specimens under glass. At the pavilion by the parking area this case of seashells, sea urchins, sand dollars and sea stars (starfish) can be found near the public bathrooms. The photos aren’t very good because of glare, but I thought […]

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tulip shell crown conch hermit crabs

Gorgeous True and Banded Tulip Shells

Tulip shells can be some of the prettiest I ever find, but I rarely find them! Then, the other day when we boated up to a new (for us) little sand bar, it turned out to be the ‘island of tulip shells’. Tulip snails can be found all around the coastline of Florida, or just […]

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