Carolina Seashells

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Carolina Seashells
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Measuring three inches long and checkered with orange-brown squares, what is North Carolina’s official state seashell?
    • A. 

      Calico bonnet

    • B. 

      Scotch bonnet

    • C. 

      Checkerboard bonnet

  • 2. 
    One of the most common shells found in North Carolina showcases an array of colors including purple, white, and orange. What beach, near Nags Head, is named for this tiny clam?
    • A. 

      Coquina Beach

    • B. 

      Quahog Beach

    • C. 

      Pismo Beach

  • 3. 
    Growing up to six inches in diameter, keyhole sand dollars are the skeleton of what sea creature?
    • A. 

      Sea anemone

    • B. 

      Sea urchin

    • C. 

      Sea cucumber

  • 4. 
    What type of scallop shell most commonly washes up on North Carolina beaches?
    • A. 

      Atlantic bay scallop

    • B. 

      Channel scallop

    • C. 

      Saucer scallop

  • 5. 
    Moon snails are carnivorous mollusks that live in North Carolina’s coastal waters. The shell of this animal has a globular shape, and its apex is sometimes bluish, giving it what nickname?
    • A. 

      Bluefish eye

    • B. 

      Tuna eye

    • C. 

      Shark eye

  • 6. 
    The queen helmet conch is a rare find in North Carolina. But its whorled shell gives it away because it measures up to how many inches long?
    • A. 

      Three inches

    • B. 

      Eight inches

    • C. 

      14 inches

  • 7. 
    Named for its sharp tip and spiral shape, the eastern auger seashell is known by what other common name?
    • A. 

      Atlantic auger

    • B. 

      Pinpoint auger

    • C. 

      Carolina auger

  • 8. 
    Brown and white in color, with a fan shape, the turkey-wing shell also has wavy lines, which give it what other name?
    • A. 

      Zebra ark shell

    • B. 

      Barber pole shell

    • C. 

      Candy cane shell

  • 9. 
    A long, narrow shell defines a razor clam, which is also known by what other name that describes its shape?
    • A. 

      Turtle clam

    • B. 

      Jackknife clam

    • C. 

      Littleneck clam