Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Robyn W.
Tiny San Diego Beach Treasures: It Pays to Look Closely!
Some special little shells have washed up around the county in the past few weeks. I’ve been lucky to be able to sneak off to the beach here and there in the midst of a busy schedule, and was thrilled to find my first-ever tusk shell in January on the sand at False Point, on the northern end of the Tourmaline Surfing Park. It is a Six-sided Tusk shell, and there was only one. After looking for tusk shells on and off for the past 37 years in San Diego, this seemed pretty special.
Dentalium neohexagonum, the Sixsided Tusk shell. It is a little under an inch long. (January 2014)
Then, last week, I took a walk south from the southern end of Imperial Beach, and found a LOT of tusk shells in the drift debris at low tide. These were almost all the Indian Money Tusk, the shell that was prized as currency by the native peoples of the west coast in the past. Two little Six-sided Tusks were found that day also.
Antalis pretiosum, the Indian Money Tusk. The largest is a little over an inch long. (February 2014)
Back at False Point in January, there were tiny Tinted Wentletraps washed up here and there on the sand. The largest in the photo is about ¼ inch long.
Epitonium tinctum, the Tinted Wentletrap. (January 2014)
One more San Diego beach treasure…but from a while ago, are these trivias found in the shelly debris at low tide way back around the year 2000. They were found at Torrey Pines State Beach, and I have never seen them since. They are about ¼ inch long.
Trivia californiana, the “Coffee Bean”.
Keep an eye out for San Diego’s tiny beach treasures you’ll find them where you least expect them!
Robyn, what fun! You have quite an eye. These tiny beach treasures are absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your beachy times and your amazing treasure trove with us! I feel as if I’ve just had a great day at the beach too! ~Jody