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Despite corona storm 18.000 shells counted by volunteers

Ostend (2020.03.17) - The Big Shell Counting Day of 14 March 2020 did not escape the general cancellation of all events by the corona virus in Belgium. However, our enthusiastic volunteers could not be kept at home last weekend and went out individually to collect shells on our Belgian beaches. This yielded more than 18.000 shells of 58 species, in relative numbers comparable to previous years. Apparently, the frequent storms of recent weeks did not change the composition of the beach shell fauna. New in the countings was the American dwarf surf clam, an exotic species that only landed in Europe in 2017. A very first count of left and right shell valves showed that these are not equally represented along the Belgian coastline, particularly noticed in the subtruncate surf clam.

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