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Sea shell, a masterpiece of animal architecture

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Marine life, Country diary - The Guardian:

pointed yellow cone

We have beachcombed this tideline on scores of summer days but have only gone home with painted top shells (Calliostoma zyzyphinum) on a handful of occasions.

Of all the shells washed ashore here, this is the most desirable: a pointed yellow cone decorated with purple streaks. Stand it on its tip and it resembles a 1in tall replica of an old-fashioned spinning top.  Read rest of article here

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