horse conch without knobs

Horse Conch Called “Knobless Wonder”

When a reader left me a comment about my big horse conch photo, saying that it looked unusual, I began to look more closely at the horse conch photos I had taken and compare them with photos online. Apparently the horse conchs I usually find are called “knobless wonder”. This is because they lack the […]

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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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seashell collection

Zana’s Seashell Legacy

Zana is my friend’s mom and she died not too long ago. She had been living with her daughter, my friend Judy, until her death. I was living in New Hampshire at the time, so I never got a chance to say good-bye to Zana (who had the coolest name ever!). But the other day […]

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kitten paw seashells

The Amazing Lions Paw Seashell

Did you know that it is possible to find animal paws in the ocean?  That’s right, two different shells are named after the paws of animals. Both are a form of scallop shell. The first one we will talk about is exceptionally large for a scallop. It has all the right stuff to be a […]

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Pink Conch

Shells in Sun Will Fade

The beautiful coloring of shells won’t last forever and especially if you put them outdoors in the sun.  I have learned this the hard way! I bought a couple of large pink conchs about 20 years ago (I no longer buy seashells) and I’ve been putting them on my sunny porch railing in summer.  Lately […]

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