Cowries!
These are gastropods (related to snails) that extend their body to fully surround the shell while feeding at night, leaving the characteristic glossy finish.
The word “porcelain” is derived from the Italian word for the cowry shell, “porcellana”.
These were very much alive, so I returned them to the tidepool from whence they came.

Cowries!

These are gastropods (related to snails) that extend their body to fully surround the shell while feeding at night, leaving the characteristic glossy finish.

The word “porcelain” is derived from the Italian word for the cowry shell, “porcellana”.

These were very much alive, so I returned them to the tidepool from whence they came.

  1. lesbianlegbreaker reblogged this from incurable
  2. cephalopodqueen reblogged this from thecakeisalie
  3. thecakeisalie reblogged this from incurable
  4. incurable posted this