living fighting conch mollusk

See a Living Crown Conch Mollusk

At an island beach near the Ponce Inlet, on the central East coast of Florida, I discovered two of my favorite shells in shallow water. This is an area without many people (at least not when we visited) and whenever we visit I find some cool things. This day was no exception when I saw […]

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Mangroves Are Homes to The Shell-makers and Shell Thieves

The shell-makers are the mollusks, or sea snails, which begin life as tiny creatures who will make stunning and intricate homes we call shells. The shell thieves are the hermit crabs who take over the shells once the mollusk has died and left it empty. Let’s be clear, they have to steal these shells to […]

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end of Flagler Ave at the beach

Traveling to the Beach Checklist

The beach is such a big part of my life that packing to spend time on the sand is second nature. ¬†Whether boating to a deserted island, or driving onto the beaches here in New Smyrna, necessary take-alongs are nearly the same. For vacationers from out of state, and especially those unfamiliar with Florida beaches, […]

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arks

Why Are You Interested In Seashells?

When I began writing this blog about seashells I did so hoping to sell paper products containing my seashell photography, like the card below. I lived in New Hampshire at the time, which is funny because my shells had been collected when I lived in Florida. But my Zazzle business, and especially my seashell and […]

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horned helmet shells

Identifying The Helmet Shells

As I mentioned in a previous post I came across a collection of seashells which included large “helmet” shells. Or, at least, helmets were my best guess. I was not familiar with the helmet species, and I’ve had to do some research on the various helmets, especially the kinds found here in Florida. After much […]

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