Australian Seashells P/L is owned and operated by Hugh Morrison and Simone
We are an online business (no shop / storefront) located in Perth, Western Australia.
Hugh Morrison has been collecting shells since childhood. His love of shells originally led to his involvement in the scuba diving industry in the early 70's, followed by a long career as Australian professional scuba instructor trainer, author and manager of Perth Diving Academy P/L.
While leading diving expeditions around the world, Hugh has been finding and enjoying shells for the last 40 years or so, which eventually prompted him to turn one of his passions into a secondary career and open a seashell business.
Australian Seashells PTY Ltd. was founded when Simone Pfuetzner arrived in Australia (1995) and loved it. Simone is a fellow diver and jeweller, mainly focusing on the art, crafts & design aspects of seashells. Together, Hugh & Simone run what is now Australia's largest licensed seashell dealership, besides also being professionally involved with scuba diving.
Thanks to our keen interest in all things natural history / marine biology / dive travel and our association with likeminded people around the globe, we've been updating our library of informative literature on seashells and mollusca for years. We can now offer a great selection of seashells and literature on this subject online.
We distribute books,
buy and sell seashells (and entire collections) and regularly
exhibit and exchange seashells at the main annual International Seashell Shows &
A broad practical knowledge of seashells (i.e. morphology / conchological features) is invaluable for quick ID assessment. Many kids nowadays will be taught to "look, don't touch!" and won't experience the natural world growing up, lacking interests and basic skills that were commonplace a few generations ago. Modern scientific education encourages specialisation, so naturally young academics and staff won't be taught in-depth taxonomy, focus now being firmly elsewhere. However this is where amateurs and professional non-scientists can contribute. Having an experienced collector tell at a glance what species you might be looking at saves time when working within specimen collections or in data entry. So most Natural History Museums around the world will gladly encourage volunteers!
Hugh has been donating specimens, time and
expertise to assist curators at the WAM invertebrate department for decades.
He is also diving and taking part in scientific expeditions to
discover and describe new species in his spare time.
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