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After spending the day at the beach, arrange your seashells in a bowl or on a towel (unless you want to sand all over).
Erase the sand
Replace your shells carefully in the large bowl after adding some warm water to it. Give the seashells some time in the warm water. The extra sand on the shells is gently washed away by water.
Place the seashells back inside the tower to dry after the sand has been removed.
If you are traveling abroad and come across some lovely seashells that you would like to bring home with you, check the customs and wildlife protection laws of that nation to determine if you are allowed to do so.
Start rubbing coconut oil on your seashell gently. You can accomplish this by using a toothbrush or cotton swabs. I merely applied the oil with my hands on this wonderful scallop that I found on the beach last weekend since it is so smooth. I advise using a toothbrush if the surface of your seashell is really rough.
What Are Seashells
The variety of seashells is remarkable. Some are long and tube-like, while others are bent and spherical. Some are lumpy, others are smooth. Some are big, while others are little. They also come in a wide range of hues, including red, green, brown, purple, and pink.
All of that variety originates from mollusks, tiny creatures with a powerful muscle known as a mantle.
Mollusks lack internal skeletons, in contrast to people, cats, and other vertebrate animals. Many people merely use their flimsy bodies to get by in life. However, some develop protective shells as a form of portable armour.
The mantle of the mollusk constructs the shell from the ground up. It takes up chemicals and salt from the water surrounding it. When it gets enough of the necessary components, it uses them to create calcium carbonate, a hard solid.
The main component of strong, healthy seashells is calcium carbonate. (Eggshells are also.) Over the course of its existence, a mollusk deposits layers of calcium carbonate that it creates from its mantle. These layers work together to create the seashell.
A mollusk's shell is left behind after it passes away. But even after the mollusk within has died, the shell still has significance. Fish and hermit crabs can find shelter in seashells, and birds can use them as nesting materials or even as a source of nutrition to create their own shells.
The mollusk's environment provides the substance for the color, which is either taken out of the water or obtained from what they consume.
Seashells from warm waters, for instance, are typically more colorful than those from cold ones. Their nutrition may be the cause of this. More vibrant vegetables can be found in the warm Caribbean waters than in the frigid waters In UK and Northern Europe.
How To Find Seashells
Every beach on earth has a slightly different biology. The same is true of seashells; a true collector knows where to hunt for which kind of shell when. They might purchase one sometimes for their collection, or they might go on vacation with the intention of gathering more shells.
True sea shell hunters typically like to dive or snorkel when looking for shells. As visibility decreases as you dive deeper, the best depth for seashell searching is up to 10 meters. Finding them will be simpler if you are focused while swimming slowly and know what you are searching for.