Monday, May 12, 2014


After all these years on the beach I was under the false impression that I actually knew something....I doubt it.  We have come across two mysteries that as yet nobody we've asked has been able to solve.
First are these clam shells with interesting grooves in them......sort of look like ditches made by a run amok "Bertha" but more likely another mollusk using the radula.  So far my best guess is a drunken Moon Snail.  We have top people working on this mystery.
The second mystery is solved.  The mollusk in the bottom image is a Slipper Shell.  Still not certain the species as there are a couple of similar ones around, but Crepipatella dorsata is the call.

Grooved Butter Clam shell (drill hole at top is from Moon Snail

Clam shell with multiple grooves

Slipper Shell (Crepipatella dorsata)


  1. Hi Buzz, question for you. We are thinking of heading to Tongue Point on July 12th, since the tides appear to be pretty low. Do you think this is a good day to head out or is there possibly a better one? Best, Amy

  2. July 12th Low tide around 8:30am at Tongue Point so any early day. Each of the next three days after will have low tide times around 50 minutes later each day. Good low tides 12th through the 14th...and not bad on the 15th.


  3. Yeah, 8:30 definitely is an early morning when you're traveling! I'm thinking we may shoot for the 13th or 14th, given that we'd have more time to travel there. The tides still seem pretty good, not to mention the crowds might dwindle a bit on those days. Thanks so much for your advice! Appreciate it!