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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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    Location: New York
    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

    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.
    chillyinCanada likes this.

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