Orange seashell with hermit crab

Video of Big Hermit Crab in the Wild

While searching the backwater beach at low tide, I found a big lightning whelk shell encrusted with barnacles. I thought that either it was alive, with the snail inside, or a hermit crab had taken up residence. It turned out to be the latter. Most of the time hermit crabs will quickly duck down deep […]

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crown conchs, hermit crab, coffee melampus

The Coffee Melampus Shell Identification

The Coffee melampus shell is small and roundish. The one I photographed is brown in color with horizontal stripes. The hermit crab which was carrying the shell, was hidden down under the large crown conch. It’s one of those small shells which would be easy to overlook while beach-combing. The living crown conchs seemed to […]

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tulip shell crown conch hermit crabs

Gorgeous True and Banded Tulip Shells

Tulip shells can be some of the prettiest I ever find, but I rarely find them! Then, the other day when we boated up to a new (for us) little sand bar, it turned out to be the ‘island of tulip shells’. Tulip snails can be found all around the coastline of Florida, or just […]

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Pretty banded tulip shell

Shells that Look Alike: About The Tulips

Tulip shells are pretty shells with splotches of reddish-brown, orange or dark maroon pink color.  Both the True tulip and Banded tulip have horizontal lines on the shell surface. About the Tulip Shells This Banded Tulip (Fasciolaria ilium) was found at a construction site near the water.  I assume that over the years as sand […]

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Jellyfish Found in Florida

There are many ways to enjoy the beach and there are some things at the beach that can ruin your fun too.  One reason we love being near the ocean is that it is ever changing.  From the tides coming and going, to the creatures we see walking the shoreline there is always something new […]

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