Slippers on the Beach
Posted by Jody on August 2, 2012
When I was a child, we called any seashell that looked like this one a Lady’s Slipper. There are several slipper shell species found on the Florida Gulf Coast, but we didn’t know that back then. We just loved to find these little beach treasures!
Now, I know that they are also called boat shells, quarterdeck shells, Indian boats and canoes.
The Common Atlantic Slipper (Crepidula fornicata) is indigenous to the western Atlantic seaboard, from Canada to Florida and the Gulf Of Mexico. This species has been unintentionally introduced to other areas, including the Pacific Northwest, Europe and beyond.
The Common Atlantic Slipper is a gastropod, having only one shell. The little marine snail can be discovered living on rocks, other seashells and horseshoe crabs. They often live in stacks of multiple shells, one on top of another. Easily identifiable, with its flat interior shelf, this whimsical beach slipper measures from 3/4″ to almost 3” in length.
Atlantic Slippers can be found in sand and mud from low tide to water up to 50′ feet deep. They have quite a wide range of colors, from white to cream and brown to orange. These convex seashells frequently come decorated with brown stripes, blotches or splashes.
Have a great day at the beach! I hope you’ll head home with a few extra pairs of slippers.