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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another Clue!

Here is a really big Trumpet Shell. I'm sending it to you because it is a distant relative of the mystery sea creature I sent to you. The trumpet is a shell. It is also a snail. It is also a member of a really big group of sea creatures called Mollusks.
One fun thing is that if you carefully hold this trumpet shell next to your ear, you can hear the ocean!!!!!
Your friend, Ron


At February 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. Newton's Class said...

We are working hard to solve this mystery - related to a clam, octopus, and the trumpet shell animal?

We went to the library today and only found ocean mammal books. So Mrs. Newton is going to look for Internet sites we can use for research.

Question 2: Is this a piece of the creatures outer shell or is it part of the creature's insides?

At February 02, 2006, Anonymous Ron Hirschi said...

So glad you like your Trumpet Shell! And, that you had fun listening to the
ocean. Isn't that great! We have another shell that is very common on
beaches near my home called a Moon Snail. It is very smooth and round and
just right for putting on your ear to listen. I've always loved to hear the
sea in shells........

Now you know some new clues to your mystery sea creature. To answer your 2nd
question, this is a piece of the creature's outer shell. It is a protection
against both predators and the pounding surf. Sometimes, tiny barnacles and
seaweed attach to the dark, outer part of the shell. The beautiful blue of
the inside is never seen by any eyes as long as this animal is alive!

I don't know if this is much of a clue, but some very close relatives of
this creature have shells that are tucked inside their body, but most wear
their shells outside, sort of like armor.

At February 05, 2006, Anonymous Student in Mrs. N's Class said...

I found a picture of a Trumpet Shell.
Is this also called a Triton?
We discovered that Tritons have pairs of teeth.
We are studying teeth next week.

At February 05, 2006, Anonymous Ron said...

Yes, the trumpet shell I sent is also called Triton's Trumpet. Triton was a Greek God who used the trumpet to make a lot of noise, apparently keeping everybody under control out there on the waves in the very olden

Trumpet shells are still used as trumpets in Hawaii, but I like listening to the music within the shell.

Like all mollusks, the chiton and the triton trumpet have teeth. You are going to be amazed at how different kinds of mollusks use these, even as spears to catch fish (by cone snails).

At February 20, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's student said...

Dear Ron,
My class is so excited! My class loves the shells that you sent us.
From Regan

At February 20, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's student said...

Dear Ron,
My class is so excited! My class loves the shells that you sent us.
From Regan

At February 20, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...


I'm glad you like the shells! Watch the mailbox, more are on their way!

Your Friend, Ron


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