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Collecting and Buying Real Sea Glass

sea glassCollecting your own sea glass assures you it’s real, but buying on line may give you pause. Is that necklace (with the hefty price tag) made of the real thing?

I may have come across sea glass during my treks to the ocean, but I never paid much attention to it. The kids and I collected seashells only.  Jelly fish and horseshoe crabs that had washed up on the beach were interesting, but I don’t recall finding any pretty, worn glass.   But there are collectors of sea glass, and they know what to look for.  Just like seashells, certain ones (colors) are rare, and therefore demand a higher price. Continue reading Collecting and Buying Real Sea Glass

Coloring Page Printout – Junonia

junonia art to color
Color This Junonia

The junonia seashell is rare and a coveted collector’s item.  The Sanibel Ialand area is the place to scour the seashore in hopes of finding one.  Even collecting a worn, or broken piece of this shell is a big deal.

Visit my previous post to see a picture of a real Junonia shell and learn a little more about this shell and a few others that are a bit rare to find.

Click on the picture which will take you to my Photo Bucket page where it can be printed.  Please use my picture for personal fun or classroom coloring.   It was not made for any type of commercial use.

The Beautiful Queen (Emperor) Helmet Shell

queen helmet
Image by sarah sosiak via Flickr

The Helmet seashells can be Kings or Queens, but surprisingly, the Queen Helmet (photo at Flickr) is larger. It’s scientific name is Cassis madagascariensis, which includes the word “madagascar”, the name given over 100 years ago when it was thought (incorrectly) that the shell was found on the island of Madagascar.

It is not easy to find a Queen Helmet, which is also known as an Emperor Helmet, as the populations are low, but it lives in shallow sandy water and on coral reefs to 30 feet deep.  In Florida, it is most often found in the Florida Keys.  They eat sea urchins and sand dollars.

The shell can be 12-14 inches long and has a wide opening with markings that resemble teeth.  The shell is chunky, lightly colored except for the opening which is a pretty yellow-tan.

The Unusual Shin-Bone Tibia Seashell Has a Long, Thin “Tail”

Tibia fusus Linnaeus, 1758 长笛螺 長鼻螺 長鼻鳳凰螺
Image by Easyparadise via Flickr

The Shin-bone Tibia shell is quite unique looking. It averages close to eight inches in length (20 cm.) and has a long, thing, extension, or tail that is not usually seen on shells. The Tibia fusus also has distinct “teeth” that are clearly seen jutting out from the opening.  The shell spirals to a point at the end and is tan and white.

I am especially happy to have come across pictures of this seashell as a reader of my Seashell Identification page asked about a shell that she described as looking like this one.  At the time, I had no idea what it could have been, but now I am quite sure this one must be it. Continue reading The Unusual Shin-Bone Tibia Seashell Has a Long, Thin “Tail”

The Huge Lion’s Paw Seashell


Lion's Paw Scollop
Image by photoholic1 via Flickr


The Lion’s Paw (Nodipecten nodosus) is a scallop shell, but a large and colorful one with sculpted ridges and bumps in a fan pattern resembling a paw.  Coloring can be orange to red or purple. It can be 6 inches (15.2 cm.) long and is sought after by collectors because of these characteristics.
It can be found on the eastern U.S. coast in water 30 – 160 feet deep from the Carolinas to the West Indies and Brazil.
source: National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Shells

Seashell Identification