As a child John was a keen investigator of tide pools.
But this was simply an observation of the shells – the shells were returned to their natural habitat. He reminded me of this when he told me that he was with a guest in Fiji and he found a Golden Cowry. In the 80’s this shell would have been purchase for approximately $500+.
He remembers this very well because he asked his friend
“Are you prepared to eat the snail if you take the shell?”
His friend balked at the idea and took the shell (and it’s snail)
back to the reef.
John will post more about the removal of shells from the beach but morally he would like you to think twice –
1) that shell may be a home for a marine animal
2) the shells of today will be our children’s children sand.
Please think twice about taking shells from the beach and purchasing them from the stalls.