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Another Atlantic Thorny or Spiny Oyster found on a freighter wreck 120 feet deep off Pompano Beach, Florida. This one has some really nice long spines on it. Dad kept this one home.

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Robbiel

Thanks YO, so glad you're enjoying them.

Yes Monica, they would. Dad does not remember your dad, but then he cannot remember his cousins either!!! Maybe one day, who knows!?

mhughes69

That would be fun to see the two of them getting deep into conversations about shells and other sea life, comparing their different adventures while in this business! I could just see them now, no one would be able to pull them apart to talk about anything else! L.O.L.

Thank you so much Robbie.
I am enjoying this series!

Robbiel

Sounds like dad should meet dad Monica, they would have a ball together! Thanks.

mhughes69

I love it , your so lucky to be around all of these wonderful specimens on a daily basis! I'm so jealous, I wish we lived closer to my Dad so that I could see all of his ocean collections too! He's donated many of his specimens to different Aquariums and Museums around the world, but he still has all of his most prized pieces from his collections! This one is quite spectacular, I love all of the long spines on it, and the color is wonderful! Soooo vibrant, thanks Robbie!

Robbiel

Hi Rob, you're welcome.

robryan

Simply beautiful Robbie - thanks.

Robbiel

Thanks PK.

Glad you like it Jana, thanks.

Nature sure is Hanne, thanks.

Elfie

What a creature!!! Nature is overwhelming really!! Thanks so very much, Robbie!

Janazlouky

Thank you so much Robbie, very nice and very interesting :-)))))

pkin38

Gorgeous thanks Robbie

Robbiel

Hi Marilyn, so close but a deep dive to find them! I used the wrong choice of words replying to dondi, yes 120 feet is a deep dive, yet so many more species of shells, fish and stuff live deeper. Thanks.

Hi Shirley, it baffles me how something this delicate can survive the trip! Thanks.

shirley68

It's amazing how these spiny ones keep their spines in good order, wonderful shells Robbie Thank you.

mariolyn

I bet my brother who lives in Pompano Beach doesn't know there are such beauties close by.

Robbiel

Hi dondi, no 120 feet is quite shallow. The majority of dad's Bermuda shells were collected from depths down to 1200 feet. This Spiny Oyster which is in the Scallop family (go figure that!!) filter feeds through delicate gills. The currents bring all sorts of Plankton nutrients to the shell so it never has to move. Thanks.

Hi snooker, you're welcome and thanks.

Hi gnt, thank you.

Robbiel

Yes PKH, you wouldn't want to sit on it!!

gnt1041

great pic

snooker

Two beauties. Thanks, Robbie.

dondi

Isn't 120 feet pretty deep? What do they eat down there? Can't be much light for plankton.

pumpkinhead

Looks a bit prickly to me?

Robbiel

You wouldn't step on this chickie, it is deep and clings to rocks or sides of pilings etc. I know what it feels like, stepped on a few when I was younger, not nice at all! Thanks.

chickiemama

Everytime I look at these, it reminds me of the sea urchin I stepped on in the 60's.

Robbiel

Hi Nana, thanks.

Hi Siren, thanks.

You're welcome Trudy.

Heh, heh, thanks mate.

Yes it does a bit Ardy, thanks.

ringleader

The bakcground color makes it look like it's floating in water. Beautiful specimen. I can see why your dad would keep this at home. Thanks, Robbie.

lelabugosi

Another splendid Spondylus!........

TrudyTai

Thanks again for sharing.

Sirenita

Beautiful! thank you

Nanax4

How pretty! And so interesting. Thanks, Robbie!

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