cockle shells and arks

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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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Seashell Identification: How It Began

I am not a seashell expert, just an everyday person who has recently taken an interest in identifying the Florida shells I have collected over the years.   While walking the Florida beaches during the many years I lived there, picking up pretty seashells was just part of life. It was something to keep the kids happy […]

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