In this week’s installment of Things I’m Stupidly Pleased With: some mussel shells I found at the lake yesterday. The first is heavy and literally as big as my face, with the mother-of-pearl exposed:
I also found both halves of a smaller shell, vacated recently enough that the connecting ligament and conchin layer (don’t remember the actual name lol) are still intact which I think is really really cool and I think I’ll try to seal it with something before it decays further
And this isn’t even like an unusual occurrence since mussels latch onto ANYTHING, but I took a lot of amusement from the colony of tiny mussels growing on the large empty mussel shell. Circle of life or something
I found these all on the far side of our little cove in the lake, so swimming to the opposite shore whilst carrying them was the real adventure (though the large one made a decent paddle). I also gathered up a ton of small shells to use for decoration or something but didn’t have anything to put them in so now one of the cupholders in my car is just full of shells.