National Geographic : 1949 Jul
O National (Geographic Society 48 a alurllle hy ulnllertor l'att The Walrus and the Carpenter Would Find Coquinas a Treat to Both Eye and Palate Belonging to a big group known as the Wedge Shells, these are sometimes called Butterfly Shells. Florida has a wealth of them, particularly on the west coast, and a few are found in California, the Philippines, and Ceylon. They ride up on waves and then suddenly and with amazing speed dig into the soft. wet sand. Gourmets collect them by the bucketful and boil them for a delicious broth, but even people who come to eat often stay to search for specimens marked with the brightest sunrays or the most colorful bands. Their scientific name is Donax varia bilis. These are the common species easiest for beginners to find.