Extra Large Natural Abalone (Haliotidae)
Approximate Size: Length 8″, Depth 6.5″, Height 2″
Also known as ear shells, sea ears or mutton shells
Abalone are marine snails
Their taxonomy puts them in the family Haliotidae which contains only one genus, Haliotis, which once contained six subgenera. These subgenera have become alternate representations of Haliotis. The number of species recognised worldwide ranges between 30 and 130
The shells of abalones have a low, open spiral structure, and are characterised by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell’s outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong, changeable colours, which make the shells attractive as decorative objects, jewellery, and as a source of colourful mother-of-pearl.
The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a desirable food, and is consumed raw or cooked by a variety of cultures.
A popular shell with our customers due to it’s iridescent nature. Has a multitude of uses from soap-dishes to pendants.