136 pp., 6 x 9, 30 color plates., 3 drawings, 260 halftones, bibl., index, glossary, descriptive guide to families
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9663-1870-8
Published: May 1998
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Distributed for North Carolina Sea Grant
Many collectors get started when they find an intriguing shell, perhaps after a storm, and search for it in a guide. Others, by chance, meet an experienced sheller on the beach. Talking with a collector passionate about shells is likely to spark an interest in anyone who has spent time at the coast.
A walk down the beach is never the same once you begin to recognize a few shells. Gradually, you learn to use certain marks to solve the puzzle of shell identification. The walk becomes more satisfying as you recognize familiar shells like old friends, and it becomes more exciting as you look for new ones.
About the Author
Hugh J. Porter held a 55-year career at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences.
For more information about Hugh J. Porter, visit the Author Page.