I realize that these shells are hardly rare, but for a midwestern girl they are still so special! These were picked up along a beach somewhere close to Boston, a sort of random beach along a busy road. Not the sort of beach one would choose as a destination. But I was determined to put my feet in the ocean, so I walked along (the water was cold) and found some shells. I also found a little hermit crab and a deceased other-type-of-crab. That was about all the wildlife this particular beach supported, but it was enough to satisfy me, for a while at least!
And I just love the colors of these shells, no matter if they are prized specimens or not.