Bluff oysters, toheroas, scallops and mussels are prized by chefs, and irridescent paua shell transformed into jewellery. Pipis and cockles are collected by locals, while beachcombers find many small colourful fan and turret shells washed up on the beaches or clinging to the rocks. Hedgehog House photographers have also fossicked on the beaches and ahve created stunning images with some of these.
Reef starfish, attached to rocks, visible ..
Cats eye shells
Fan shells (Chlamys gemmulata)
Nautilus shell, sectioned, New Zealand
Common paua (Haliotis iris), New Zealand
Small opal top shells 'matamatangongo' (Microlenchus ..
Sectioned Nautilus shell, New Zealand
Paper nautilus (pupu tarakihi) washed ashore ..
Trumpet shells, gathered in paua shells
Paua shell, polished, close up, New Zealand
Sunset shells (kuwharu) (Gari stangerei)
Snakestar in black coral (Astrobrachion ..
Violet storm shells, New Zealand
Chambered nautilus, cross section, New Zealand
Diver with paua, Banks Peninsula
Black mussels (Xenostrobus pulex) on rock ..
Pipi shells at low tide, Mason Bay, Rakiura ..
Paua shells, starfish and sea urchins on ..
Sunset shells (kuwharu)
Scallop, shell detail, New Zealand
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