(W&N watercolour done in my “Seaside Journal” 200gsm, which I carry around with me when I go down to the coast, usually sketching shells and pebbles I find on the beach.)
Stepped Plough Shell (Bullia annulata)
Family Nassariidae – size 130mm
The sea and coast holds a great fascination for most of us, and walking the beach can unearth the most wonderful treasures, from smooth glass to round pebbles, pieces of driftwood and, of course, the most collectible, shells. Unfortunately for these wondrous living creatures, this spells doom, as people will go to great lengths and pay hefty prices, for these little creatures, which results in the harvesting of a living infrastructure which will not last forever.
And living proof of this is the fact that, walking the beach does not often turn up many shells, and in some areas, none at all. This sketch of the Stepped Plough Shell that I did is of one of my very lucky beach finds on the North Coast of South Africa very many years ago, but nothing can portray the beauty of some of these as well as the living specimen.
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