A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zonata…..

My final mollusc of the challenge just had to sneak in here to round off my Seashore series… Hydatina Zonata, an intertidal zone inhabitant, usually found cast up on a wrack line. Fragile, akin to a fine eggshell, these beautiful little molluscs were a lucky find on a windy beach on Masirah island, Oman. I suspect they were blown across the waves and ended up tangled and dried in seaweed, where I found them…  Continue reading

A to Z challenge: L is for Lambis

Out of the shells I have found, the Lambis family are beautiful specimens of molluscs.

Never expecting to find anything but broken ones, given their size, imagine, when one day, walking along a rock shelf at low tide, I spied a vivid pink, shiny blob on the dull rocks in the distance. Deep down, knowing what it could be, hoping against hope it was intact, I crabbed across the slippery rocks in record speed.  Continue reading

A to Z challenge: K is for Kite-boarding….

Masirah island, Oman, according to some wind-surfing Aussies I met in Ramadan last year on the island, rates amongst the top 10 places for both sports and having spent time there during the monsoon, it’s certainly windy enough to blow you away into the raging seas, but these guys seemed to have no fear. Their main issue was they hadn’t realised it was Ramadan, so the hotel was dry !  Continue reading

A to Z Challenge: I is for Inspiration, Internet, Information & Ironwood…

Visiting Borneo in 2015, the wealth of drift seeds washed up on the beach sparked a new interest.

On the Arabian coastline, there are no such treasures. There are few trees on the coastlines here, only mangroves, so, on coming across beans and husks of all shapes and sizes as I walking along the shoreline looking for shells, I was fascinated.  Continue reading

A to Z Challenge: E is for Echinoderm

Participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge (April 2016) with a sea-shore theme…

Members of Phylum Echinodermata are more usually known by the common name of Echinoderm. Sea urchins, starfish, sand dollars and sea-cucumbers are well known members of this genus. These are the more common ones seen in inter-tidal regions or as exo-skeletons washed up on beaches.  Continue reading

A to Z Challenge: C is for Cowries…

Participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge (April 2016) with a sea-shore theme…

Cowrie is the common name for Cypraeidae, a taxonomic family of small to large sea snails. Cowries are tropical and subtropical dwellers, living in shallow to deep-water environments. These hump shaped molluscs are also known as the “Gem of the Sea” owing to their varied colours and pattern and glossy appearance.  Continue reading

A to Z Challenge: A is for Argonaut

Participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge (April 2016) with a sea-shore theme…

The argonauts (genus Argonauta) are a group of pelagic octopuses.

Commonly known as the “Paper Nautilus” the exquisite egg casing that the females secrete are a shell collector’s treasure.  Continue reading