Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shell in a Shell

Some time ago I found this whelk while walking along the beach. Constant tumbling on the ocean floor had worn a half dollar size hole in the shell, but I kept it anyway because otherwise it was fairly well preserved.

Several days ago my grandson, Eakin, was looking at the shell, and he noticed something I had not seen. Lodged between the inner whorls is what appears to be a perfectly formed scotch bonnet. The smaller univalve is clearly visible from the hole in the whelk.

This may not be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but it is interesting, don't you think?

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. Anonymous6:17 AM

    I have to say it IS one of the wonders of the world! The big shell was waiting for you to find it, and although you had it for some time, the little shell needed Eakin to find IT! I also have a large whelk (it's sitting right here), but it has a a clam shell wedged inside along with shell pieces. It is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    NJ Reader

  2. Vickie P7:25 AM


  3. Bill Walker9:30 AM

    One great thing about life is we live it for the stories we can tell. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

  4. Anonymous9:38 AM

    I suppose it is physics. When doing laundry in the front loader, smaller articles of clothing get caught up in larger items. Granted your shell probably took years to happen , but in my Whirlpool it happens in a wash cycle! I find stuff in the pockets pf pants all the time too.