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A Little Bit of Florida
A Little Bit of Florida

A Little Bit of Florida

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All shells (no live shells) were hand collected by Gram and Gramp on the beaches of the Sanibel-Captiva Islands Florida in the 1980s (usuall...read more

A Little Bit of Florida

All shells (no live shells) were hand collected by Gram and Gramp on the beaches of the Sanibel-Captiva Islands Florida in the 1980s (usually before sunrise). They were cleaned and sorted by color and size. They created shell art and won ribbons at the Sanibel Shell Show. They are now in their 90s and can no longer create their shell art and would like to sell their remaining shells. All pictures were taken in this year. All our sea life is real, each one unique with imperfections. Holes in the shells are usually caused by other sea life. If the hole is a perfect countersunk borehole with a beveled edge twice the diameter as the inner diameter it was probably caused by a Shark Eye. A straight hole with only a slight beveled edge was most likely drilled by a Murex. Grooves are most likely made by a Bristle Worm. It uses a rasping technique with its bristled body while secreting acid to etch a groove in the shell to make a nice place to rest.

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