huge horse conch seashell

The Florida Horse Conch Printable Coloring Page

The horse conch (scientific name: Pleuroploca gigantea) is the state shell of Florida. It can be very large – up to 2 feet long!  My photo above shows two empty shells that we found while boating on the river.  Read more about finding that 17 inch, huge horse conch shell. Please feel free to download and […]

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The Scotch Bonnet Seashell

The Scotch Bonnet seashell (Phalium granulatum) is a member of the helmet shell family and although some of the helmets can be quite large, the Scotch Bonnet is usually no larger than 3-4 inches.  It’s a whitish shell with rows of squarish spots that are tan or caramel colored which looks like a checker board.  […]

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The Wandering Meatloaf Seashell

Have you ever looked down and seen a giant, 13 inch brown thing moving through the water?  Sounds a bit nasty doesn’t it?  Think a slab of mom’s meatloaf with dents in it.  Actually the common name of this shell would be “Gumboot chiton” and it was named for it’s appearance to the rubber sole […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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