"Is"nt Nature wonderful?" I am forever learning and totally suprised by Natures wonderful mysteries and discoveries that you can find. Like for instance, today I found out that I am a Conchologist.
It sounds like a wordy mouthful. However, it simply means:
Conchology (from Ancient Greek: κόγχος – conchos “cockle”) is the scientific or amateur study of mollusc shells. Conchology can be viewed as one aspect of malacology, the study of molluscs. Malacology studies molluscs as whole organisms, not just their shells. Conchology pre-dated malacology as a field of study. Conchology includes the study of land and freshwater mollusc shells as well as seashells. In addition to a shell, some gastropods have an operculum which is also studied.
“Is’nt that amazing!” I stand proud now to have a name and recogniton for my passion for collecting Seashells. I only collect broken remanants every Summer Vacation. Most of my vacations I am priveleged to spend on the magnificent Californian Coastline. The Seashells I view with wonder and awe I happen upon in tidal pools and coastal foreshores. I look and place back these magnificent finds. Some of these shells have residents. A lonely Hermit crab or two or a Sea slug that is brave enough to pop its head out and view this huge head and eyes staring back down at its humble abode. One Sea Slug had his own fresh garden salad on his shell. Hermit crabs come with an amazing array of colurs, blues,reds and oranges on their legs. They tease you with a game of ’Hide and Seek" in their shells. As anyone who has ever waited for Hermit crab to appear out of its massive, hardened abode. ’There he is!" ’There he goes!". Others cling with all their life depending on suction on cliff walls and embankments battered relentlessly by the ocean without remorse. Others are tossed abandoned, discarded without sympathy upon the sandy beachs, crushed, battered, their journey at end. Loved by me, my treasures.
“Do you have a Seashell passion like me?” There is a wonderful new Group called "The Striking Shells Group’ And we would love to see your shells.
On a final note, they say that when you hold a shell to your ear its not the ocean that you hear, but the blood pulsing in your ears. Hey, I don’t care, I am going to keep on believing it is the ocean, I love the romanticism of that idea.
Concholigist is a person who collects Seashells