Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Why: I saw some abalone shell jewelry. The girl in Island of the Blue Dolphins had abalones strung up outside her little hut.
Answer: Edible sea snails. The color of the iridescent nacre (mother of pearl) ranges in color from white to pink to purply blue:
The More You Know: They live mostly in cold waters, especially off the coasts of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and the western coast of North America.