A Beginner's Guide to Shells

Are you a seashell novice? Use our helpful guide to figure out what you've found.

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Jean Allsopp


  • Look for a rounded aperture on these shells, which range in height from one inch to 4 5/8 inches.
  • They are slender, variably sculptured, have convex whorls, and are almost always white in color.
  • Some 95 species inhabit North American coasts.

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