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Found off the coast of Central Vietnam, South China Sea Beach

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These are not exactly shells, but they are shell-related. These are opercula (singular operculum) from Turban Shells (Turbo). The operculum is a kind of "door" attached to the animal's body in such a way that when the animal withdraws into the shell for protection, the operculum is the last thing in, and seals the aperture of the shell for further protection. These particular opercula are from the Goldmouth Turban, Turbo chrysostomus.

Here's a picture of some of these shells without the operculum in place:

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And here's a shell with the operculum in place:

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an incredibly timely response with an incredible answer. thank you