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Seashells of Our Coast

Many shells can be found by walking along our area beaches. Most shells found at the water's edge are in the best shape. However, walking up near the dunes often produces many unusual shells, but they are often sun-bleached and broken.

Alternate Tellin
(tellina alternata)
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Blood Ark
(anadara ovalis)
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Disc Shell
(dosinia discus)
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Eastern Oyster
(crassostrea virginica)
Shellfish 2 to 6 inches long; shells are made of calcium carbonate; live in salt marshes; free-swimming when born and attach to something and grow; covered by water when tide is high; when tide goes out they are left sticking out of the water; they filter their food out of the water; they have gills and get their oxygen from the water
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Giant Atlantic Cockle
(dinocardium robustum robustum)
Giant Atlantic Cockle
Incongruous Ark
(anadara brasiliana)
Incongruous Ark
Ponderous Ark
(noetia ponderosa)
Ponderous Ark
Transverse Ark
(anadara transversa)
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