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Beach Glass, Seashells and Sea Creatures in Photos

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am still getting settled in my new place, but soon I will be out on the beach and boat finding new things to share on my blog.
For now, enjoy these photos from the public domain. Find them all at the Pixabay site. Each one has a link to the photographer who shared them.

green beach glass
Credit: Wokandapix

Learn about sea glass so you’ll know which colors are most rare and how some people sell it as real, but it’s been hand tumbled.

purple beach glass
Credit: Halfpintohoney
baby at beach big seashell
Credit: Pixabay

What kind of seashell is this next to the baby? My guess is a Queen Helmet (Cassis madagascariensis), as they can be as big as 12 inches.

squid sea life
Credit: Marcel
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New Photos, Mom and Baby Lightning Whelk Shells

two seashells with openings showing
Gastropods – Dextral and Sinistral

Not too long ago I was going through my seashell collection and came across this little shell again. The one pictured on the right in this picture to the left.

I never knew what it was and then suddenly it hit me – a juvenile lightning whelk! I knew because I finally looked long enough to realize that the opening is on the left side – it’s a sinistral shell! Then I looked at the lines and little bumps forming at the top and when compared to a more mature lightning whelk it’s easy to see that this one is just a baby.  So I have a mom and baby – but I highly doubt they are really related!!  It’s just kinda cute.

Photo below shows the two together. Sorry but I have to add my blog name because some unscrupulous people like to help themselves to my photos. So all my pictures are uploaded at a very low resolution and they are only good to use like this – for a blog.  Please do not use photos that do not belong to you!  Add Zemanta to your blog – it’s a great photo archive.

I still don’t know what the other shell is in the photo above. Anyone?

juvenile and adult lightning whelk seashells
Baby and adult lightning Whelk shells

Pictures of My Florida Seashells

I’m writing this to try out the WordPress photo gallery feature so I thought I’d try to add some of my seashell photos and try it out.
I like this photo gallery and plan to use it more often. For now, I’ve added a few of my Florida seashell pictures. Can you name the shells?


Pen shells, Olive shells, King’s Crown – and again with the Lightning Whelk, Oysters, and one little shell I’m not sure of.

Photos of the Cross-barred Venus Shell

In my collection, the little white clam shells with brown splotches are named “Cross-barred Venus” (Chione cancellata). They are fairly small – up to 1 3/4 inches (4.4cm) long, and are easy to identify because of the ridges that run concentrically around the shell over the splotchy brown markings.

The lines can sometimes be very prominent as you can see in some of Patricia B. Mitchell’s shell collection.  And not all Venus shells will have the brown markings.

seashells
Cross-barred Venus Shells

The underside of the shell will most likely have some purple color to it. They are found from North Carolina to Brazil.

underneath shells
The underside of the shells

Ridges on the Olive Shell

The animal that lives inside the Olive Shell (family Olividae), has a powerful “foot” that helps it burrow down into the sand and hide in order to grab it’s pray as it passes by. They feed on bivalves (mostly shells with 2 halves) and crabs.

Olive Shell
Ridges of the Olive Shell

I took this close up photo to show the distinct ridges at the bottom of the Olive shell. This one is shaped like a Netted Olive or Lettered Olive, but lacks the markings. It’s more of a light gold color, so I’m not sure what it is.