I wasn't planning to blog another beach post today but yesterday was so full of treasures I had to share.
This one is either a Moon Snail or Sharks Eye. I'm pretty sure it's Sharks Eye. I'm not exactly sure and I'm too lazy to look it up but I have a thousand of them.
You can see how this one met it's demise. I didn't keep it because the last time I encountered one of these shells, something was living in it! My BFF's daughter found it, kept it in a tupperware. She brought it to the beach the next day, we opened the tupperwear and the poor hermit crab was walking around so we let him go. Now I usually leave these small to medium sized shells alone.
Of course I found my usual handful.
But then I saw this one. This big boy was in the water and I risked ruining my camera to get it. I saw it being pulled away in knee deep water and snatched it up. Actually I wasn't even 100% sure it was a tooth until I picked it up. It was a good gamble. (I'd love any excuse to buy a new camera anyway)
A few minutes later and a few feet away I saw this one being pulled away too so I was quick.
Another few minutes later, this one found my toe. It's not as big as the other 2 but it looks like a Great White tooth and it still has ridges so I'm happy about that. (The heart shaped one is from a Tiger Shark and the other one I have no idea as I've never found one like that before.)
I always use a quarter to show the size in case I decide to send the pictures to the Florida Museum of Natural History so they can identify it for me.
It was time to go home but I decided to take one more look. Just five more minutes I thought. This is what I brought back.
No hermit crab inside I promise!