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Coquina Shells -- Beauty of Butterfly Wings

Updated on June 16, 2015

Coastal Shores

Coastal shores are so appealing, giving opportunity to visit any seaside resort and walk along the ocean edge. Just walking or lounging in the sand, enjoying the cool, warm breeze and the sun aiming right at you. Although the sun can be very hot, being by the ocean, seems to cool those rays.

How often has anyone took a stroll at the beach and see all the seashells? And, collect some to take home? Maybe go as far to craft something out of them? In awe, the sizes, leaving a thought about how tiny some of those shells really are. Good possibility the tiny shells are from the Coquina Clams ?

Walking at a slow pace, knowing there is nothing more pleasurable to do, than to enjoy every second and minute of being at the enormous beachside and right where the non settling cool ocean waters rolls up over your feet, the waves are saying welcome to this sunny paradise, the seashells are being noticed in the sand as you walk. Of course, the shapes and sizes are plentiful. Shells half buried in the sand, some laying loosely. A person retrieves an eyecatching shell that's laying in the sand, its hard not to notice the tiny, little, colorful shells laying there that resemble butterfly wings. The huge movement, of the rumbling waves picks up thousands of these tiny, colorful shells taking them out to sea and returning them back to land to give them a home to rest in the sand. They will move with the tide and the on going rush of this massive ocean, flashing multicolor patches. Colors from bright shades to deep purples, rose colors and shades of blue. Discover them as they emerge and quickly grabbed by the rolling sea.

These tiny shells, when not opened, are called Coquinia Clams.

Coquina Shells when opened Resembles Butterflies

Chasing butterflies in the sand

Coquina shells scattered over the watered land

Turf rushing, water force

Surf quickly, graffiti paint

Tide again, still shells, not quaint

Attraction at the waters edge

Curious tiny conquina clams

Tides roll in, sand draining

Turf on seabed being dredged

Silent falling, show of wings

Graphic, vague, vivid shades

Free, perceived, full of harmony

Current, winds drive, energy, move

Tumble, rolling, they glide

Rushing water, birds fly

Cool breeze brushes by

Chasing butterflies in the sand, ocean ride

Emerge, define, express with wings

Tide, action, play


Listen to the Sounds

Sounds pleasant to the ear

Dynamics, music

One could bare

Excitement, glee, reach for a mile

Cheerful, heart full

Sing happy all the while

Driftwood along the way

Holding Coquina clams from the sandy floor

Ramble, casual, aimless

Crushing waves, wildly path is strayed

Rises, lowers, further away

Leaving numbers of colorful wings

Conquina clams that it brings

Beauty of wonder with sound

Strong with power

Not solid, and

Waves with foam

Silently lays to the ground

Chasing butterflies in the sand

A Little info about what Coquina Clams are about

Coquina clams are very small, that is held with very colorful shells. The clam meat is very little, inside the shell, and is very tasty. So to get even an ounce, one would have to get a lot of them.

Found throughout the world, at all the beach sides. Along the Atlantic southeast, as well as the California coastal lines.

If traveling northeast, along the coast, from Long Island to Washington State, travel as faraway to France going to Australia, one will find Coquina Clams where there is natural sandy beaches with turf. The clam will be no longer than 1/2 inch. They live in colonies just below the surface of the sand in the area of the beach, usually where the sun is exposed twice in a day.

The American Pacific coast it is known as Bean Clam or Wedge Clam. Travelling to France these are known as Tellin or Telline. Now, in Australia, these clams would be called, or known as Pipi-Goolwa, Cockle, Coorong Cockle, Ugari and Eugarie. To think something that taste so great, if a person enjoys clams, would have so many names to be called. Sure glad I live in America to remember them only as Coquina Clams, besides living on the Pacific coast another name as mentioned Bean or Wedge Clam.


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    • Bidd Waxx profile image

      Barb Schindel 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you for your comment, hope you have a blessed holiday.

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      Nautical Oceans 3 years ago from South Wales UK

      Absolutely beautiful !

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      Barb Schindel 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you Randall. Those tiny shells also caught my attention as we walked the beach. Do hope your wife enjoys.

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      Randall Guinn 3 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      A great hub bidwax. I will have to forward this to my wife. She loves collecting shells, and the bracelet is really neat. The sunset photo is also awesome, and the peom is really good. A thumbs up, and awesome from me.

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      Barb Schindel 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you for telling me that, at times a person needs a ray of light. Have a wonderful Friday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful shells, beautiful poetry. A win-win article. :)