Check the Shore For Seashells After Hurricane Irene Passes

After hurricane Irene comes by and does her damage to the east coast, one thought to make you smile is that possibly the seashells washed ashore will offer a nice variety. The churning ocean water will most likely dredge up some empty shells (and other things) and deposit them along the beaches. Even in Florida,…

Seashell Identification – Is This a Wentletrap?

I have a long, spiral shell with golden brown markings that I found along the Florida coastline. I’m not sure if it was found on the Gulf coast or on the beaches south of Daytona. I honestly don’t remember where most of my sea treasures came from, but we headed to the east coast beaches…

Free Seashell Coloring Pages Update

Over at Squidoo, I have a lens full of FREE, printable coloring sheets and I have spent this morning updating it with new shell outlines. (I also have a few listed here. Just go to the page link at the top of this blog.) I have a questionnaire there asking what people are looking for…

Identifying Seashells; The Murex Family

A characteristic of the Murex shell is that it has spikes or spines shooting out all over it.  Finding one is good shape is difficult because of the rolling in the surf and sand which breaks off the spikes. Mine is was purchased many years ago and has broken spikes, but is still pretty.  BUT, not…

Jingle Shells aka Mermaids’ Toenails

Jingle shells (Anomia ephippium) are not hard to find on the beaches of Florida.  This picture shows my collection.  They can also be found from Massachusetts to Brazil according to my seashell book. They have been given the nickname “Mermaid’s Toenails” and I can see why.  They are wrinkled and polished looking and come in…