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Where do the shells, teeth... etc... they sell in stores come from?

Discussion in 'Ocean Conservation' started by Tig45, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Tig45

    Tig45 Garibaldi

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    I have a bunch of animal parts... mostly aquatic, and most of which I found myself. Today my parents gave me some awesome ocean artifacts they bought... a Fire Oyster shell, a Channeled Whelk shell, a Chambered Nautilus shell, and a Tiger Shark tooth inside a keychain. And it got me thinking... where do they come from? I'm hoping they were found empty on a seashore or on the ocean floor because I hate animals being killed for souveneirs. So what's the verdict?
     
  2. WeRtheOcean

    WeRtheOcean Nassau Grouper

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    How sad that this thread was completely ignored! Zero comments in six years!

    But if the OP is still interested, I have unhappy news: at least some of those shells were likely killed. In the Dominican Republic, most snorkelers that I have encountered are spear fishers; and while out on the reef looking for fish, they will also bring in giant conchs and helmet snails if they encounter them. The giant conch, they call lambĂ­, and it is served in most of the beach front restaurants.
     
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