Shingle Street 26 – Shell Line

Shell Line, Shingle Street

Sculptors have drawn the shell line with the chalky remains of the common whelk, or buckie, Buccinum undatum.  Shellcraft artists have punctuated the line with a crown of bleached common starfish, Asterias rubens, and a necklace of purply ridged common cockles, Cardium edule.  The common whelk is found on muddy gravel or sand, on the lower shore and below; the common starfish inhabits the lower shore; the common cockle is found in the sand or sandy mud of the middle and lower shore.  They all arrive here with the shingle, riding the currents and longshore drift.

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