North East Bay, Mahe is., Seychelles
Seychelles are a large country in the Southwestern part of the Indian Ocean. The country is as large in term of sea surfaces that it is tiny in term of lands. The least small islands are clustered in the northern part. The collect site described here is located on Mahe Island, which is also the capital’s island.
At this location the beach is quite consistent and extends over a couple of hundreds meters. The western part of it consists of sand only as the eastern part has a low eroded and pooled coral reef that emerge at mid tide.
A close examination of the coral rubbles patches (left picture) let appear a lot of small dead and broken tropical gastropods shells. In the waste I managed to retrieve decent species: a few small cowries like the common
. There were also quite a few badly damaged cones like this
. The better shells consisted in this
and fresh dead
that could also be found alive (bottom images) lower on the reef together with Nacella (bottom images). The examination of the small tide pools showed a lot of hermit crabs sheltered in various worn gastropod shells (bottom images). They seemed to prefer Trochidae and Cypraeidae. I must admit that I expulsed a crab from his beautiful
shelter. I am quite confident that he owns a brand new home now.