Kitten’s Paws: Oh, So Cute!
Posted by Jody on July 26, 2012
Even dog people can’t resist “oh, so cute” Kitten’s Paws! They are one of the easiest seashells to identify because they look just like their name. As a child, these were one of my favorite beach treasures. And as an adult, I still love finding them!
Kitten’s Paws (Plicatula gibbosa), sometimes called cat’s paws or Atlantic Kittenpaws, are plentiful on sandy beaches from North Carolina to the West Indies. They are common on the Florida Gulf Coast, where the sea tosses them onto the sand in abundance year-round.
These small, thick, rather flattened bivalves can range from ½ – 1 ½ inch. White to grey in color, they usually have splashes of reddish brown along their strong ribs, but sometimes they’re found in solid white.
Everyone enjoys finding kitten’s paws! They’re quite precious little beach treasures.
Who could resist ’em?