Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Treasures from the Sea

Late last month, as I was walking along the beach, I found several beautiful seashells along the high tide line. There was a small moon snail (on the right in the photo below), a colorful scallop (bottom), and a slightly faded but unbroken scotch bonnet (top, left).

The scotch bonnet is the official state seashell of North Carolina, and always a fun shell to find.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.


  1. Marie from PA12:45 PM

    Philip, do you do anything to your shells? They look so shiny. Mine usually have a more muted look after they dry. Thanks!

    1. I don't do anything to the shells. Older shells are duller; recently "abandoned" shells are much shinier.

  2. Ed Hall3:04 PM

    Those scotch bonnets are hard to find in perfect condition. We have been to the island about 15 times and if Lachlan didn't have a shell stand, my wife would be 0 for 15.....

  3. Marie from PA1:02 PM

    Thanks for the information, Philip. You got three beauties there!