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Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten Add To Light Table Glory of the Sea cone shell, brown form.  The Glory of the Sea cone shell, once one of the rarest and most sought after of all seashells, remains the most famous and one of the most desireable shells for modern collectors, Conus gloriamaris Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
Venus comb murex. Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found.
Image ID: 12970  
Species: Venus comb murex, Murex pecten
 
Glory of the Sea cone shell, brown form. The Glory of the Sea cone shell, once one of the rarest and most sought after of all seashells, remains the most famous and one of the most desireable shells for modern collectors.
Image ID: 08732  
Species: Glory of the Seas Cone, Conus gloriamaris
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21612  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21609  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21622  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21640  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21652  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21660  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21661  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21662  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
Venus comb murex. Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found.
Image ID: 12971  
Species: Venus comb murex, Murex pecten
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12972  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12973  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12974  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12975  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12976  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12977  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12978  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Thorny oyster or spiny oyster, Spondylus Add To Light Table Hermit crab. Hermit crabs wear shells to protect their soft abdomens, which are asymmetrical and curved to fit the spiral shape of their shell. Like all crabs, hermit crabs are decapods; they have five pairs of legs, including a pair of claws. One claw is much larger than the other, the hermit crab uses it for defense and food shredding while it uses the smaller claw for eating. The second and third pairs of legs help the crab walk, and the last two pairs hold the hermit crab in its shell, Pagurus Add To Light Table
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12979  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Thorny oyster or spiny oyster.
Image ID: 12980  
Species: Thorny oyster, Spondylus
 
Hermit crab. Hermit crabs wear shells to protect their soft abdomens, which are asymmetrical and curved to fit the spiral shape of their shell. Like all crabs, hermit crabs are decapods; they have five pairs of legs, including a pair of claws. One claw is much larger than the other, the hermit crab uses it for defense and food shredding while it uses the smaller claw for eating. The second and third pairs of legs help the crab walk, and the last two pairs hold the hermit crab in its shell.
Image ID: 13693  
Species: Hermit crab, Pagurus
 
Box turtle.  Box turtles are famous for their hinged shells, which allow them to retract almost completely into their bony armor, Terrapene Add To Light Table Box turtle.  Box turtles are famous for their hinged shells, which allow them to retract almost completely into their bony armor, Terrapene Add To Light Table Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa Add To Light Table
Box turtle. Box turtles are famous for their hinged shells, which allow them to retract almost completely into their bony armor.
Image ID: 13987  
Species: Box turtle, Terrapene
 
Box turtle. Box turtles are famous for their hinged shells, which allow them to retract almost completely into their bony armor.
Image ID: 13988  
Species: Box turtle, Terrapene
 
Tulip Cone.
Image ID: 07954  
Species: Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa
 
Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa Add To Light Table Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa Add To Light Table Mustellina Olive, Oliva mustellina Add To Light Table
Tulip Cone.
Image ID: 07955  
Species: Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa
 
Tulip Cone.
Image ID: 07956  
Species: Tulip Cone, Conus tulipa
 
Mustellina Olive.
Image ID: 07957  
Species: Mustellina Olive, Oliva mustellina
 
Mustellina Olive, Oliva mustellina Add To Light Table Oliva lignaria fordi, Oliva lignaria fordi Add To Light Table Oliva lignaria fordi, Oliva lignaria fordi Add To Light Table
Mustellina Olive.
Image ID: 07958  
Species: Mustellina Olive, Oliva mustellina
 
Oliva lignaria fordi.
Image ID: 07959  
Species: Oliva lignaria fordi
 
Oliva lignaria fordi.
Image ID: 07960  
Species: Oliva lignaria fordi
 


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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Conus australis
Conus gloriamaris
Conus mutabilis
Conus pseudosulcatus
Conus sponsalis
Conus tulipa
Conus vitulinus
Cypraea arabica grayana
Cypraea boivinii amoena
Cypraea carneola crassa
Cypraea caurica dracaena corrosa
Cypraea caurica elongata
Cypraea cervinetta
Cypraea cribraria
Cypraea eglantina
Cypraea fimbriata durbanensis
Cypraea fuscodentata
Cypraea gangranosa reentsii
Cypraea granulata
Cypraea helvola callista
Cypraea helvola hawaiiensis
Cypraea histrio
Cypraea lamarckii
Cypraea lamarckii redimita
Cypraea lynx vanelli
Cypraea miliaris inocellata
Cypraea ocellata
Cypraea pallida
Cypraea punctata atomaria
Cypraea pyriformis
Cypraea scurra
Cypraea subviridis dorsalis
Cypraea tigris
Enhydra lutris
Murex pecten
Oliva lignaria
Oliva lignaria cryptospira
Oliva lignaria fordi
Oliva mustellina
Pagurus sp.
Spondylus sp.
Terrapene sp.

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