For many people, seashells are just part of the beach scenerythousands of pretty but nameless objects strewn along the shore. Other people know the names of shells but often wonder how they were formed and what type of animal lived inside. Such incidental knowledge may not seem important, but it can encourage people to observe their environment more closely and to gain a better understanding of it. As a result, they may become better fishers, more informed teachers or more conscientious stewards of our coast. To this end, the seashell guide was produced.Many collectors get started when they find an intriguing shell, perhaps after a storm, and search for it in a guide. Others, by chance, meet an experienced sheller on the beach. Talking with a collector passionate about shells is likely to spark an interest in anyone who has spent time at the coast.A walk down the beach is never the same once you begin to recognize a few shells. Gradually, you learn to use certain marks to solve the puzzle of shell identification. The walk becomes more satisfying as you recognize familiar shells like old friends, and it becomes more exciting as you look for new ones.
|Publisher:||North Carolina Sea Grant|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Hugh J. Porter held a 55-year career at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Understanding that this is a regional book for shells found along North Carolina beaches, the reader will find lots of information on the habits of shells and how to study and collect shells. Each shell entry includes and black and white photo with detail descriptions, where it lives, color, and geographic range (beyond NC). There are 30 color photos located at the back of the book (probably to minimize printing costs) along with Glossary to understand the nomenclature. This is a very well produced book...only wish it had all color photos.