For the last few days, the beach has been covered with these little shells that we learned come from a little critter called Donax variabilis (also known as bean clams!). When we find them still alive and kicking in their shells, we call them Cheepy Cheepies (I don’t really know why).
I’m interested to know why there are so many discarded shells right now…..I wonder if it has to do with the building June Grass in the gulf right now.
Anyway, it’s interesting to note that according to Wiki-pedia and some other really way too technical articles, these little guys are allegedly edible and make a good candidate for shell soup. When we are looking for shells on the beaches of Panama City Beach, if we come across any shells with something still alive in them, we put them back.