Knobbed Whelk, True Tulip, Lightning Whelk, and Common American Sundial

Knobbed Whelk, True Tulip, Lightning Whelk, Common American Sundia, Rugged Vitularia internet

Here’s more from my personal collection of seashells.  This is a 5  x 7 painting in tones of rust, brown  grey and white.   All seashells have shells that consist of calcium carbonate, which is very strong and hard.  A shell is like a mobile home–you carry it with you! For more information about this painting, click here.

Banded Tulip with Dog Whelks

Banded Tulip internet

Dog whelks are found in the inter tidal zone, the area of the shore covered and exposed by tides.  They live all around the coasts wherever there are barnacles, oysters, or mussels. The banded tulip is also a sea snail.  In England, whelks are considered tasty and very popular.  An average whelk has 137 calories, 24g of protein,, .34g of fat and 8g of carbohydrates.  (Not for me–I’ll stick with peanut butter and crackers!)  For more information about this painting, click here.

Cone Snails

Cone Snails, Admiral Cone, Geography Cone, Orbign's Cone internet

The Admiral, Geography and Orbigny’s Cone Snails are all beautiful–but deadly!  Their venom, the conotoxin is heavily researched by biochemists seeking medicines to treat a variety of human neurological disorders like Parkinsons, alzheimers, and epilepsy.  Cone snails are taken and sold in vast numbers to research labs around the world.  There are more than 800 species of poisonous cone snails. They are lovely and colorful, but do not pick them up.  Their sting can be fatal.  For more information about this painting, click here.