Shells, Garden Key

There’s no collecting in national parks, so the beach on Garden Key is littered with shells.  But apparently there’s no prohibition against moving shells around, as the first two photos show.

Whelk shells stuck on branches of driftwood.Weathered coral pieces stacked to make a tower.Weathered coral pieces stacked to make a tower.End-on view of weathered whelk shell on beach.

Multi-coloured crab shell and pink interior of whelk shell.



  1. Jim Taylor

    How — and why — does a conch lavish such magnificent colour on the inside of shell that the conch itself can’t see, and no one else is ever expected to see?
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Yes, and I just stumbled across all these placements, so it was a real bonus. I figure almost anything is better than fighting through ice . . .

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