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Shell identification

 

 

Who can resist a strandline full of shells? Well, I certainly can't, that's for sure. They are the most fantastic things to find, especially when they are whole and unbroken - exotic shapes, striking colours, and an amazing history.

 

It's here at last!
The BeachStuff Gallery of UK shells!
Click to browse

ID your shell by matching it to a photo
in the Gallery! FREE!!

To ID your shell, first pick which type it is
-  based on the shape of the shell.

 

 TYPE 1 

Shells with a whorl

 


Shells based on a spiral shape. They can be round, long, pointed or snub but still have that distinctive whorl. 

 

 TYPE 2 
A shell made of two halves
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shells made of two halves are known as bi-valves. They tend to be flatter and with fewer features than those with a whorl. We often, of course, only find one half.

 

 

 TYPE 3 

Everything else

 

And this category is every other shape of shell. They are not two halves and they do not have a spiral but anything else goes.

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When the snails die, their shells can be washed up onto the beach giving us a great look at their beautiful shapes and colours. if shells are not picked up by avid beach combers, these shells are broken down over time becoming part of the sand.