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More than 30.000 shells identified on first Big Shell Counting Day in Belgium

Oostende, Belgium (2018.03.20) - Despite the very cold temperatures on on Saturday 17 March, about 400 civilians went to the sea side to collect and identify 30,200 shells all together. The Cockle or "heart shell" (symbol of the action) turned out to be the most common shell, followed by the Baltic tellin, the Subtruncate surf clam, the Blue mussel and the Atlantic jack knife clam. More than 10% of all shells do belong to an exotic species once introduced consciously or unintentionally.

Read more in the Dutch press release