ABALONE SHELLS “Extra Quality” 5” to 6”
The shell of a abalone is convex, rounded to a oval shape either highly arched or very flattened. The exterior of the shell is striated and dull. The color of the shell is very variable from species to species, which may reflect the animal’s diet. The iridescent nacre that lines the inside of the shell varies in color from silvery white, pink, red, blue, green, and purple.
Abalone have a relatively flat shells with a spiral shaped top. When viewing abalone from above the respiratory pores run along the left side. Often times the mantle tissue covers the inside of the pores, giving them color inside.
Abalone are small-sized to very large edible sea snails. Folklore says that abalone is helpful for arthritis and other joint disorders, muscle problems, the heart, and digestion.