Empty Flat Oyster shells on the beach (5)

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Natural pink colour banding on left valve outer surface of empty Flat Oyster shell on a sandy beach

Here are some more empty Flat Oyster shells, Ostrea edulis Linnaeus, found on British seashores. These demonstrate the incredible varaiety of shape, colour and infestation damage to be found in this species – which is our Native Oyster in Britain. The variation in oyster shells tells us something about the place in which they lived and what has happened to them since the death of the animal and removal of the meat. This kind of study of oyster shells is useful to naturalists, aquaculturalists, historians, and archaeologists.

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