cockle shells underside

Collecting Seashells: Grouping the Bivalves

The bivalve seashells, or shells that come in two parts or halves, can be similar in appearance, but not all bivalves are “clams”. I’m not scientifically minded, but I’ve been learning the difference between the shells I collect and photograph. I’ve gathered some photos of the more common bivalves I see on beaches and in […]

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atlantic giant cockle shell bivalve

Cockle Shells and Ark Shells

The cockle shell is easy to confuse with the ark shell. Arks are the ones you are most likely to find along Florida’s east coast beaches. Both types live in the sand near beaches, so it figures that their empty shells would be washed up on shore once the mollusk dies. Arks are fairly small […]

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