Commonly known as the dog conch or by synonym, Strombus canarium. It is a species of sea snail in the family Strombidae (true conches). An Indo-Pacific species occurring from India and Sri Lanka to Melanesia, Australia and southern Japan where it is collected as a food source not only by humans but also by mangrove dwelling Macaques. The cheeky little monkeys find them easily in muddy substrate at low tide.
Sold per 100g and are scooped randomly. Average size 4.5 to 6cm and 100g will usually contain anything between 3 to 6 shells depending on shell size.
Please note we try to remove any shells that are severely damaged or fragments of shell when packing but you may find the odd one. It is a natural product so may have nicks, chips and scratches.
With our increasingly sophisticated lifestyles aided by modern technology we are forging an ever growing demand on our fragile world's natural resources. Alongside our desire to learn about and collect natural objects, it is essential not to lose sight of our mandate to manage and care for all our natural wonders - seashells are by no means the least of them.
The biggest threat to seashells is the destruction of habitat, with pollution being the number one killer. We dump vast quantities of sewage, rubbish and industrial waste into our oceans. Tough controls are required if we are to sustain our natural marine resources for future generations.
In recent years a convention on international endangered species (CITES) was formed. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants (Including marine life) does not threaten their survival.
Our suppliers take pride in recycling over 99% of their shell products from audited, sustainable fishing activities. It is their mandate to only work with responsible sources and through understanding and knowledge bring shells to today's generation without endangering species for generations to come.