In 1997, a curator of the American Museum of Natural History in New York discovered one the museum’s two specimen’s of Chimaeria incomparabilis was missing. The multi-hued mollusks, about 2 1/2 inches long, resemble elongated porcelain eggs. Scientists think they are mostly found in the northwestern Indian Ocean by deepwater fishermen. Only six are known to exist in the entire world.
Shell money was once commonly used in many parts of the world. Shell money usually consisted either of whole sea shells or pieces of them, which were often worked into beads or were otherwise artificially shaped. The use of shells in trade began as direct commodity exchange, the shells having value as body ornamentation.
The hobby of collecting seashells has been going on since the days of cavemen. People were familiar with shellfish as food, and also noticed their delicately sculpted and decorated shells.
When it comes to buying wholesale seashells and seashell products for resale, there are several factors to consider. Although the price is important, so is the quality and the reputation of the source.
Here are a few interesting facts about the world’s seashells: