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Chirality with shells...

 "Say what?"  That's what I said! But B insisted on telling me about chirality because the speaker at his chemistry seminar had mentioned how it was related to sea shells. Are you ready for a little lesson?  Well, apparently the swirls we see on about 90% of shells  go to the right or clockwise or are "dexteral". And if you happen to have a shell that swirls to the left, it may be worth a pretty penny because this rare characteristic is sought after by many shell collectors.

So if you are anything like me, I started going through all my shell treasures, but no luck! 

So back they went to add a little beachy cheer next to my pumpkin spice candle.


Cat & Cricket said...

I am right with you..'SAY WHAT?" How I am making it through a post grad program I will never know.. I failed Chem 3x many moons ago.. I think I will stick with just picking the shells and admiring their beauty!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

So interesting, isn't it! And the spiral formation we see in the shells, well, it's Universal, just look to the Galaxies -so cool! Beautiful shots of your treasures!!

Melissa said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! I totally want to break out the collection and look at every one...again! Just wish they weren't packed away for safety from our move a few months ago!

Cloudia said...

love me some spirals!

showing one in a rainbow today:

Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral


becky at abbeystyle said...

Heading right for my shell selection for a look-see!!!

Ms. Givens said...

We went to a Conch Farm in the Turks and Caicos once. Lots of pretty pink conch shells.

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

very fascinating. who knew?! thanks for sharing and your collection is lovely!

simpledaisy said...

hmmm....how very intersting!! All things in nature really are connected:)

Beach House Living said...

First, I like your photos. Second, I had no idea about swirls.