Classifying Seashells

I am not in love with science.  I call my shells by their common names and pay little attention to the Latin names and don’t really care which “family” they belong to, but I realize that some people might. So this is my attempt to explain the classification of seashells, beginning with the “Class”. The…

The Red Abalone

Abalones live where the rocks are, near shore or sometimes in quite deep water, and move around on a large, muscular foot.  This is the best reason I can think of for not finding them in Florida – not many rocks.  I’ve never seen one here, nor are they mentioned in my seashell ID book….

The Abalone Shell Family

Probably you have heard of, or own, abalone jewelry and it comes from the large Abalone shell. Abalones have an iridescent shell (inside) that is collected to use for making jewelry and other things.  Because they are much sought after for these uses, certain species have been greatly depleted. The single characteristic of the Abalone…