An assortment of the variously patterned and multi-coloured scallop shells found on the sandy strandline at Studland Bay in Dorset. These are all small shells about an inch (25mm) across. Scallops are bivalved molluscs that are unusual in that group of species because they can swim through the water by “clapping” the two hinged shells together.
See the earlier Post Sea shell from Studland for another photograph of one these delightful intricately-patterned shells in situ on the beach – just as it was left by the tide.
[This is a revised version of a post first published 12 March 2009].
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