The Ultimate Hawaii Seashell Guide
Posted by E.G.D. on October 18, 2012
According to the University of Hawaii Museum’s Flickr page, “The collection is currently housed in the Anthropology Department, Archaeology Program, College of Arts and Sciences. The collection is fairly comprehensive for much of the shell midden material found in Hawaiian sites… (and) supports undergraduate education through various Archaeology courses.”
The photographic guide provides not only stunning images of “nearly 200 species of marine mollusks” (according to the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter) all with the shells sitting conveniently next to a ruler for size reference, but in most cases information including scientific name, common name, habitat, and the typical adult size of the pictured mollusk. What fun! I can’t wait to ferret out information about some of the shells I’ve found on the coast of Oahu over the years!
And so, happy beachcombing, everyone, and when you’re finished with your day on a Hawaiian beach, don’t forget to have some fun identifying your finds! -E.G.D.
Jody’s note: If you’re looking for the best beachcombing beaches of the Hawaiian Islands, we have that, too: “Best Hawaiian Beaches for Shells.” You might also want to check out more Hawaiian beach posts by looking through our category: “Beaches of the Hawaiian Islands.”