This small (ca. 1 inch long), flat, white gastropod (a snail-like, one shelled animal) is found from Virginia to the West Indies. The live animal almost completely surrounds the shell. The shells are common on Outer Banks beaches. They are relatively sturdy, so they are most often found unbroken.
The scientific name of this species is Sinum perspectivum (Say).
|Baby's Ear Shell|
You might want to look for these cute little shells on your next walk on the beach.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.