An abalone is a very large sea snail. Abalones are a different shape to most snails - they have a wide, flat shell. You can still see the spiral shape in their shell. Abalones are caught and eaten as food, and their shells are used to make jewellery.
These pretty graceful fig shells have delicate cream and brown markings. ◆ Fig shells belong to the small ficidae group of shells that live in sand within warm tropical seas. ◆ This particular species (Ficus Gracilis) is a common deep water shell founds in seas stretching from Japan to Taiwan. ◆ Size: approx 14 cm long