Speaking “Seashell” Means Delving Into the Life of Mollusks

In my Florida life, a seashell was a seashell.  Some were prettier than others, some were larger and I just called them shells and never knew they were actually mollusks.  In fact, when I found a nice shell, I never gave much thought to what had once lived inside. Now I have learned to speak…

Seashell Markings and Bore Holes

I have collected some shells and pieces of shells that are full of holes or have crazy lines etched in the top. Sometime a shell will have a perfect hole all the way through it, just as if it was meant to be hung on a wire to make a pretty necklace. I never knew…

The Mighty Florida Horse Conch

The Florida horse conch (Pleuroploca gigantea) seashell is the state shell.  With all the seashells found along the many beaches in that state, do you ever wonder how they chose just one and why?  Sorry, but I don’t know the answer – if I find out I’ll post it here – but I imagine because…

The Frog Shell

The frog shell is not extremely pretty as it tends to be covered in “limy deposits”.  The St. Thomas Frog Shell (Bursa thomae) got it’s name because it was first discovered in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It’s a small shell, growing only to a little over an inch long. Another frog shell –…

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…