Types of Seashells found on Sanibel Island, Florida

- By Anneda Nettleton
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Name Description Interesting Fact
Conch shells Brilliant orange color These mollusks are vegetarians.
Junonia Shells It appears milky with brown spots on the outside This is Sanibel Island’s most cherished seashell.
Lightning Whelk Shells Can grow up to sixteen inches long There are miniature shell eggs in papery egg case streamers that wash up on the beach.
Cockle Shells One of the island’s most common shells A cockle mollusk is a footed creature that can jump several inches at one time.
Tulip Shells Have interesting patterns that are in a swirling form Frequently wash up on shore
Olive Shells Comes in many colors and has a glossy finish. Grows to about three inches long.
Sand dollar Shells Thin, flat with brown color that contains bristled tiny tubes that allow it to breath Unoccupied sand dollars are bleached to a white color

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Mollusk : an invertebrate of a large phylum which includes snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses. They have a soft unsegmented body and live in aquatic or damp habitats, and most kinds have an external calcareous shell.

Conch : a tropical marine mollusk with a spiral shell that may bear long projections and have a flared lip.

Vegetarian : a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

Bleach : whiten by exposure to sunlight or by a chemical process

Glossy : shiny and smooth

Swirl : move in a twisting or spiraling pattern

Bristle : a short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal's skin, a man's face, or a plant.

Miniature : (especially of a replica of something) of a much smaller size than normal; very small

Inch : a unit of linear measure equal to one twelfth of a foot (2.54 cm)

Cherish : protect and care for (someone) lovingly


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