Many seashells, like that of the Common Whelk Buccinum undatum (Linnaeus), show a lot of individual variation in size, shape, growth line patterns, colour, encrustation, and general wear and tear. That’s what makes the shells so interesting and attractive to look at – even if they do not feature bright colours and exotic designs.
So this marks the first in an occasional series of postings – each showing an individual shell from various different view points to demonstrate macroscopic variability in appearance within different species of common British seashells.
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Click here for more information and illustrations on whelks and whelk shells in Jessica’s Nature Blog.
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