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13 Stunning Seashells And Their Rightful Owners

Come visit The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and start collecting Mother Nature's tiny works of art.

1. Lightning Whelk

The lightning whelk is a sea snail that actually eats other things in shells, like oysters, scallops, and clams, oh my!

2. Murex

The dye this mollusk produces is a deep purple color, which was once used to make royal robes and clothing. Hence the term "royal purple."

3. Florida Fighting Conch

This sea snail lives in warm Floridian waters in its special shell, which allows its eyes to peak outside while its body stays within the safety of the shell.

4. Wentletrap

Wentletraps are rare and extremely difficult to find, but when you find one, you’ll know immediately. Their name is derived from the Dutch word “wendeltrappe,” which means “spiral staircase.” Wentletraps have been popular with royalty for centuries, so if you find one, hold onto it tight.

5. Horse Conch

6. Banded Tulip

The tulip is named after its shape, which resembles a tightly closed tulip flower. Inside this shell lives the black snail, which has a toothed tongue to bite through the shells of its prey.

7. Junonia

8. Spiny Jewel Box

9. Scallop

Scallops actually have up to 100 eyeballs. One. Hundred. Eyeballs. Scallops!! Just some food for thought next time you see them on the menu. 😝

10. Angel Wings

The clam that lives between the wings is much stronger than its fragile exterior. The clam itself can gnaw through metamorphic rock, but the shells are weak and cannot completely close shut to protect it from predators.

11. Keyhole Limpet

12. Sand Dollar

Sand dollars own their shell bodies and have mouths directly in the center of them. Their mouths even have a jaw, but it takes them about a quarter of an hour to chew their food and up to two days to digest it. NEAT.

13. Auger

Win a trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and celebrate National Seashell Day by collecting all the tiny treasures the ocean has to offer. In the meantime, learn more about shelling right here!