Hello All -This week's WW photo is a Marlinspike Auger (Terebra maculata), a large shell found in Indo-Pacific waters, and Hawaii. This species is the largest of its genus - about 130mm (5 1/2 inches) in length. It is a common shell, but not as common as it used to be, thanks to over-zealous collectors.I took these pictures while diving at Puako, Hawaii.Bobbie
simply beautiful!Happy WW!
Very interesting. The patterns are great, and quite a large shell, too. I'm not surprise people collect them, though it does look best left in the water.
I agree with catsynth. The shells are pretty but they should be left in the water! *sigh* On land, we are losing the trees at a very alarming rate, on sea we are losing great sea creatures...
I just adore shells....unfortunately the shells we have here in the arctic are fairly b.o.r.i.n.g. I have shell envy
Ummm....and BTW, not sure about you but I have no qualms about collecting empty shells.Love your photos as usual.
ahhhh....justsowow!!!!...very beautiful photo!
5 1/2inch is pretty long, which lives to it's name of being the largest of its genus :)Amazing view of the marine life during diving rite!
Beautiful shell! You take great pictures!
What a beautiful shell. Happy WW
Again, just an awesome shot. :-)
Very nice! I've come to look forward to my weekly lesson :-)
thanks for the info and the photo, cool
What a pretty shell. I LOVE the colors on the shell. Thanks for your comment Bobbie. I took the picture while we were in Barbados I was just fascinated by the flowers they have there. I was pretty impressed with how yellow the flower turned out. There is no editing in that picture. I have a pink one for next week.Happy WWKyla
Beautiful Bobbie! Never saw a shell like that one...guess it doesn't end up coming in close to shore. Say hi to Jerry! Happy WW! :D
Great picture, seashells are like natural artwork. I do have quite a few I have collected during our stay here in Indonesia but I only collect those that are empty.
Gorgeous shell. What wonders we have in our world to discover and enjoy! Happy diving!
this looks very interesting! tfs! and thanks for checking out my entry for this week. see yah again next time! :)
What a gorgeous shell, just beautiful tones. I love the shot on a black background.
Wow! I love your blog! Unique photos too. Hope you can we can x links..thanks
I've found planty of those on the Kohala Coast beaches - not so much Mauna Kea and Hapuna beach, which are white sand beaches. I found them more so on white coral beaches, like the one next to the tennis courts at Mauna Kea beach resort. That's a great spot when going shell hunting with kids. They love to find a beautiful shell when on vacation in Hawaii. The size of this shell makes it possible to survive the rough water ride when thrown on the beach.Aloha, Pua
Very simple and beautiful. it makes me miss where I grew up....
Beautiful. Happy WW!
That's a really pretty shell. I didn't see any in Hawaii, others must have beat me to them.
I so wish I was diving and looking at beautiful shells. Great photos!
Thanks to all of you for visiting and for commenting on the shell photos.I suppose I should do a post about shell collecting one of these days. To those of you who said you collect shells, no, I am not opposed to collecting empty shells. I only object to taking live shells (with the snail still in it, or one that's become a home for a hermit crab).@ Chris -- the shot with the black background also was shot underwater. I was holding the shell out in front of me by its tip, and used a very small aperture setting. That way, the strobe lights the subject, and leaves the background black.@ Kyla - I had a hunch that the flower photo was from your Barbados trip. ;-}@ Pua - Thanks for the tip! I've never checked out that beach near the Mauna Kea tennis courts, but now I will!Bobbie
Bobbie - you are funny...Did you take this pic in your socks?...only? hahaha It's beautiful and if you don't remember, I am referring to my WW post of casual Fridays *giggling*Happy WW and thx for the visit.
These are wonderful shells! Must be neat seeing these things all the time! Happy WW my friend!
Thank you Bobbie, I have never seen one of those before. I was in Hawaii but wasn't looking for this guy.Its shell is pretty much like an auger.Happy WW! Thank you for the nice visit...
The color and patterns are wonderful in this Bobbie, great shots !
cool! I love the colors! Happy WW!
A very strange shell, beautiful !
Very clear, nice underwater pics!!Happy WW to you! Thanks for dropping by my blog!
It is beautiful - I wonder what kind of animal lives in it - kind of like a snail?
@ Chuck - Yes, I know what you mean, but no, I was in my wetsuit. A FULL wetsuit. :-D@ Mon@rch - Yes, it is neat. Keeps us going back into the ocean again and again and again.@ Jim - Yes, the common name for this family of shells is "Auger shells" because their shape does indeed resemble an auger.@ Kathy - Yes, this shell is the home of a kind of marine snail. All seashells are. The snails secrete the shell over time. If the snail dies, then other critters (most often hermit crabs) sometimes move in.Bobbie
Awesome WW pictures (I scrolled back a bit!)! I do WW too, but found you through the Kohala Coast website. My son, hubby and I are headed to the Kailua-Kona in about 10 days!! My first time in Hawaii!Your site is beautiful.
Wonderful, fascinating underwater photos. They're so scintillating. Do you do underwater photography? If so, where is your site? I am looking forward to seeing more of your photos. Thanks for these wonderful shots. I have already linked you with my blog. I hope you do the same with mine.
crazyness~did you take all those photos yourself?
@ Shama-lama - Hope you and your family enjoy yourselves on the Big Island.@ Mel and Mantas - Yes, most of the photos on this blog are my own work, taken over a period of many years. The few that were not taken by me are identified, all the rest came from my cameras. ;-}
We welcome your comments and invite your questions. Dialogue is a good thing!Bobbie & Jerry
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