Does Collecting Seashells Really Harm Beaches?

Don’t you feel guilty about collecting seashells? Apparently some people think you should. When I found this article entitled, “Hey Tourists: Leave Those Shells on The Beach Would Ya?” at the Care2.com site, I had to read it.  And then I shook my head. After all, I write about collecting seashells and that post is…

Do Angels Shed Their Wings?

If angels ever need to give their wings a rest, I imagine they shed them along the Florida coast or over the shallow water where they eventually wash up on shore for us to find in the form of long white seashells. The Angel Wing (Cyrtopleura costata) shells look just as you would picture them…

Free Seashell Coloring Pages Update

Over at Squidoo, I have a lens full of FREE, printable coloring sheets and I have spent this morning updating it with new shell outlines. (I also have a few listed here. Just go to the page link at the top of this blog.) I have a questionnaire there asking what people are looking for…

Can the Mangroves Survive This Oil Spill?

The first time I heard of the oil drilling platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, I immediately thought about Sanibel Island – and the Florida and gulf coastline – that is home to a huge and diverse variety of land and marine animals, including the mollusks. The oil spill will affect every living thing…

Jingle Shells aka Mermaids’ Toenails

Jingle shells (Anomia ephippium) are not hard to find on the beaches of Florida.  This picture shows my collection.  They can also be found from Massachusetts to Brazil according to my seashell book. They have been given the nickname “Mermaid’s Toenails” and I can see why.  They are wrinkled and polished looking and come in…