Tag Archives: San Diego Sea Shells

Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California

Just delivered a shipment of “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” to the Birch Aquarium. Such a lovely aquarium with an emphasis on education to children. Look for my book in the Research section! https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

ODE TO LAZINESS – PABLO NERUDA

“She showed me on the sand small broken bits of marine matter, driftwood, seaweed, stones, sea birds’ feathers     & like black crosses, cormorants clinging to the rocks…along the coast all afternoon, sun & fog waged war.  …I took off my shoes beside the fire, sand spilled from them & soon I was falling fast asleep.”  — Pablo Neruda

BEAN CLAMS WASHED UP ONTO THE BEACH LOOK LIKE BUTTERFLIES!

BEAN CLAMS  – donax gouldii – recently washed up by the thousands on San Diego beaches.  These tiny shells are about the size of your thumbnail and often remain hinged when they wash up.  Their patterns are all different and the shell interiors are gorgeous. These tiny shells that move along the beach with the tides are sometimes referred to as “the dance of the coquina”.  I just love these little shells!  

Watercolor illustrations of these Bean Clams can be found in my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”.