Sunday, September 6, 2009

Seashells of New England

Children are naturally interested in the things which they find on the beach, and will love learning to identify them by name.

Common Periwinkle Shell. The periwinkle is a marine snail and is edible, but they are so tiny it would take a lot of patience to make a meal out of them.

Conch Shell. I used to be fascinated by the conch egg cases which we would find at Virginia Beach when I was little. The dried egg case is a plant-like golden yellow stem with pods full of wee baby conchs attached. The conch fixes her egg case to a heavy rock to hold it underwater. We saw one this summer about three feet under water, with the conch mother close by.

Quahog Clam Shell. Quahog is an American Indian name. Small quahogs are called cherry stones.

Slipper Shell. Some people use the slipper shell meat as bait for fishing. I like to whistle on the empty shells. See "How To Whistle on an Acorn Cap" for instructions. Click on the title of this post to go right to the instructions.

Eastern Oyster Shell. I love the way oysters from different areas taste different, and the way each shell looks so unique.

Razor Clam. Razor clams are the sprint diggers of the beach. They are edible, if you can catch them.

Blue Mussel Shell. These are delicious to eat.

Ribbed Mussel. These are supposedly not edible, though we ate some before we realized that.

Sea Scallop Shell. I love the variety of color and pattern.

These are Jingle Shells, or Mermaid's Toenails!


The Magic Onions said...

Great post! AGAIN!! So nice to finally know the name of the shells we are collecting. Thanks.
And, I love the side of your blog... I'm going to go through all the wonderful things there when I have a moment.
Blessings and magic.

Beth said...

Thank you, Magic Onions! And thank you for teaching me how to index the crafts with photos on the sidebar!

Linda said...

You have a lovely blog, such beautiful photos of shells, makes me want to be near the sea...

Pussnae said...

This post really makes me want to go to the ocean and collect seashells!