Beach Finds - Seashell identification with photos

   

  Asked by Anonymous - Seashell identification - With Pictures:
Below are many different types of shell photos and descriptions of each of them.  These are also the same types of shells you would find on other beaches or in other states, but the colors can always vary.  Colors are also affected by age, because the shells bleach more and more white the longer they are in the sun and tides.

What do you do with shells you find?
I try to find one of all different types of shells, and if the shell is the same style I already have then I try to find unique colors or unique texture or something different so I add to the shell variety. The harder to find the better, because if there are hundreds of them laying around just like it then its not quite as cool. :-) I display them across my desk as I want to put them out where they will be seen. They are good conversation pieces whenever people see them, and seeing them also reminds you of where you found each along with the hiking effort you put in to go search for each seashell.


Oyster shell identification photo

  • Shells can have very unique shapes, or be very rigid textures on top and even have sharp edges
  • Most of these are shades of grey colors
  • Below show 3 completely different oyster shell styles
  • Can often be flat shape or have ridges angling out around outside edges

    Oyster shell photo

    Oyster shell photo

    Oyster shell photo


    Olive shell identification photo

  • Shells are long and narrow and spiraled on end
  • Can be smooth shell like glass or rough
  • Point on end. Pointed end often has hole in tip from churning in tidal waters and rocks
  • Long narrow opening

    Olive shell photo

    Olive seashell photo


    Murex shell identification

  • Shells can be pointed edges sticking out in many places
  • Can have edges or horns sticking out along lip or top surface

    Murex shell photo


    Whelk shell identification photo

  • Lightning whelk easily identifiable because opening is on left when you hold it up
  • Long tail and long spiral shell on end
  • Knobbed whelk is broader and has large spiral front face as shown
  • Pear whelk is the smallest, looks like a fig shape, and is smoother
  • Channeled whelk has extended from spiral, as if it was pulled out
  • Sand and churning in tides can often smooth out shells
  • Shells are often colored or striped but can also be bleached white from the sun

    Lightning Whelk shell photo

    Channeled Whelk shell photo

    Pear Whelk shell photo

    Knobbed Whelk shell photo


    Fossilized coral
    Although not a seashell, fossilized coral is found in the same location and can be as cool as any seashell. You can find pieces in many sizes, I like the size where its about baseball size or smaller because it doesnt take up much room on desk.

    fossilized coral photo


    Moon snail shell identification photo

  • Round spiraled snail shell
  • Can be colored or white
  • Moon snail shell also called shark eye shell
  • Can be large baseball sized round shell or small the size of a nickel

    moon snail shell photo

    moon sharkeye seashell photo


    Cockle shell identification photo

  • Larger ridged shells
  • Vertical ridges or lines
  • Often colored or striped

    cockle seashell photo


    Ark shell identification photo

  • Often curled nose or twist at end
  • Vertical ridges or lines
  • Often different shades of brown, black, blue, and many other color combinations

    ark shell photo


    Conch shell identification photo

  • Shell has large horns on top
  • Often noted by pink inside shell
  • Lip of shell extends way out and flattens
  • Conch shell is very different from whelk shell but people often refer to them the same

    conch shell photo

    conch seashell photo


    Freshwater snail shell identification photo

  • Spiral, round shell looks similiar to moon shell
  • Found in freshwater locations, not saltwater

    freshwater snail shell photo

    snail shell photo


    Clam shell identification photo

  • Flat texture shell with horizontal pattern
  • No vertical ridges like you find with ark shells
  • Common to find colored white, black or brownish.

    clam shell photo


    Jingle shell identification photo

  • Very light weight and often found on ocean beaches
  • Almost translucent like where if you hold up to light its somewhat see through shell.

    jingle shell photo


    Atlantic oyster drill snail shell identification photo

  • Very extended spiral point
  • Has textured shell
  • Smaller shell, roughly max size of 1 inch

    Atlantic oyster drill snail shell photo


    Nutmeg shell identification photo

  • Extended spiral point but also broad shell
  • Has textured shell
  • Smaller shell, roughly max size of 2 to 3 inches

    Nutmeg shell photo


    Partial and aged shells

  • Shells full of holes, beaten up, and weathered. It gives them character, and makes them different and unique.

    broken shell photo

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