Abalone shells are flat shells that have few whorls.
(A whorl is one complete turn of the tube of the gastropod shell around its imaginary axis). The Abalone is a gastropod.
(A gastropod is a mollusk with head bearing tentacles and eyes, a foot and a one-piece shell(sometimes no shell).
A mollusk is a soft bodied, legless animal that usually secretes a calcius shell
The body whorl has small holes dotted over its body. This is where air is taken-in.
Abalones are found the world over, with the larger species in a more temperate water. Some of The abalone shells in our listings are known as a donkey's Ears. Donkey's Ears and disc shaped species are found in the Indo-Pacific region; ranging from the western Indian Ocean east to the northern shores of Australia.
The body whorl of the Donkey Ear is ornamented with spiral ridges and some growth lines. The outside shell is creamy with green and brown blotches, triangles and streaks. In our listing of Abalone shells you will notice the Paua, silver and many other varieties of Abalone shells. Some Abalone shells like the paua have been polished; while others are in their natural state.
Shells are measured by surface and point to point. What is meant by surface is if you used a cloth ruler and measured from the points of greatest distance the ruler would allow for the shell curvature. It is rare when a shell is completely flat. This measurement is usually greater than point to point measurements. For instance point to point may measure 4 inches but surface measurement is 4 1/4 to 4 7/8 inch or sometimes more.
PAUA ABALONE SHELL
Paua Abalones in there natural habitat attach to rocks on the sea floor. They are pride off the rock and highly polished. The part of the Abalone that was attached will show some discoloring. Each shell is different and coloration may vary.
Abalone are permanently attached to their shell in the center at a location called the muscle attachment. The Muscle atttachment produces a scar on most paua abalones.. The scarring is polished over and becomes part of the out side shell's striking color presentation.
The shell begins in the larval form and abalone can only add to an existing shell after their larval stage. If they are removed from their shell, without injury, they can remain alive but cannot make a new shell – nor can they reattach to their old shell if it has been removed. Abalone rely on their shells for protection, so an animal without a shell would be easily eaten by a predator in nature. Inside the shell, the location under the spiral is called the apex just as it is on the outside of the shell. It is under a small, hard shelf at the end of the shell. A portion of the abalone body rests in the apex but there is no substantial attachment here.
M1-4 One Polished Paua Abalone from Northern shores of New Zealand 4 to 5 inches... $11.49
POLISHED PEARL ABALONES
BABY POLISHED RED (NATURAL COLOR
Giant Red Abalone
Rainbow Ruff Back Abalone
POLISHED RED ABALONE
Pink Ruff Back Abalone
Silver Ruff Back Abalone
Silver Rainbow colors inside,ruff back outside.
One Silver Ruff Back Abalone 3 6/8 to 5 5/8 inches..... $3.95
PEARL GREEN POLISHED ABALONE
One highly polished Pearl Green Abalone 5 to 6 inches ..... OUT OF STOCK