|Gloria maris sea shell. The largest and smallest (ever) found.|
THE POISONOUS CONE SHELL Gloria maris WAS ONCE THE RAREST SEA SHELL IN THE WORLD.
Wally Gibbins put an end to that when he found dozens in the Solomon Islands. It was a location where few divers ventured – protection of the shells guaranteed by saltwater crocs and a few sharks. i.e. river mouths on black sand at night in 60 feet of water under rotting tree’s.
Not where tourists and ‘sporting divers’ are likely to frolic.
The price of Gloria Maris dropped from thousands of dollars each to a few hundred bucks today when dozens of the shells slowly crept onto the market.
Today, scuba diving has taken a different direction There are more distractions than in the old days when you either speared fish or talked about aqualungs. Underwater photography was a complex and difficult hobby – pre automatic Nikonos camera’s in the 1980′s.
A final point on sea shells is the number of species in the ocean. Something like 4:1 of the known fish species. What exists in the very deep depths is the final frontier.
|Friends visiting Wally at his Sunday market 'sea shells for sale' stand.|