Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Necklace Shells

Walking along Kilnaughton Bay yesterday I came across a lot of small Venus shells with holes in them as shown above. I also came across a couple of Necklace Shells (Polinices catenus) and thus the murder mystery was solved!

The Necklace shell might look attractive and I used to think it had rather an attractive name until ..............

............. I discovered its true identity and the reason for its name. It is the Bonxie of the shell world. A hunting carnivore, it feeds on small sand-dwelling bivalves (shells made up of two halves) which it opens by drilling distinctive round holes through the shells. Still, let's not be too hard on them; after all, they do make it easier for us crafts people to make necklaces!


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