Living Gastropods
Living Gastropods

These beautiful little guys were sitting in the nook of a big piece of drift wood. They are called Littorina nebulosa or Cloudy Periwinkle.

A Row of Shells
A Row of Shells
Looking for more?
Looking for more?
A Shell and a Piece of Drift Wood
A Shell and a Piece of Drift Wood
A Jingle Shell
A Jingle Shell
Pink Barnacles?
Pink Barnacles?
Mussels
Mussels
Coffee Bean Shell
Coffee Bean Shell
A Clump of Blue Shells
A Clump of Blue Shells

How come these shells are all blue? If you look closely there are different species of bivalves clumped together.

Beautiful Pink and Beige
Beautiful Pink and Beige
Shells Stuck on a Lump of Clay
Shells Stuck on a Lump of Clay
Look!
Look!
Barnacles
Barnacles
Shell and Plastic Bottles...
Shell and Plastic Bottles...
The Sorting Table...
The Sorting Table...

Lots and lots of shells have been collected and sorted out. Wish we had a sorting hat! ;)

This is only a part of our collection!

Collecting Sea Shells

 

Collecting seashells has been a hobby for many people through the years. Something about these magnificent creatures just amazes us. Although seashells are known for their outer beauty, many people don’t understand how special they really are. There hasn’t been much research done about shells in general and especially not in Suriname. The true qualities of these shells have yet to be explored.

Many people don’t know that a seashell is a hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. The shell is part of the body of the animal. Empty shells are often found washed up on beaches by beachcombers. The shells are empty because the animal has died and the soft parts have been eaten by another animal or have rotted out.

This is a collection of shells found on the beach of Braamspunt. The shells found on the Surinamese coast originate from shell animals living on the bottom of the sea within the zone of coastal waters. After the death of the shell animals, the shells are transported to the coast.

Our seashell gallery is divided into two parts: bivalves and gastropods. Click on the links to check them out! There are also some thumbnails of seashell pictures taken on the beach. Have a look around! We hope you like what you see :)

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