Collecting and Buying Real Sea Glass

Collecting 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…

Coloring Page Printout – 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…

The Beautiful Queen (Emperor) Helmet Shell

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…

The Huge Lion’s Paw Seashell

    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….