Queen Helmet Large Shell, Cassis madagascariensis. This species occurs in the tropical Western Atlantic. The specific name "madagascarensis" literally means "of Madagascar", but this was a misunderstanding of the type locality by the original author. Live specimens of this helmet species can occasionally be found about 30 feet out in the ocean. Because they live so far offshore, the best time to find these shells is at low tide after a storm.
Vik is Iceland’s southernmost village and faces the open Atlantic Ocean, framed by a long black volcanic sand beach. Less than 300 people live in Vik, but it is the biggest settlement for some 70km (43 mi). Click through to read why Vik Iceland is a MUST See!
'SEA PINKS / THRIFT. MAY 2014.' | Kurt Jackson: mixed media on board 20.5 x 21cm. 'This bit of cliff forms a wild front garden of buckhorn plantain, sea beet and thrift, with the thrift or sea pink forming wind-sculpted cushions of blue green each crowned with its own pink array of flowers. Stone still and solid in the path of sea blown gales and Atlantic storms the flowers sit waiting to be painted at the foot of my sea studies. They exist as an excuse to use the pink in my paint box.' ✫ღ⊰n