Tiger Cowrie

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Comments (10)

Marianne on August 10, 2011

It is a shell, right? I belive I have seen one of these as a souvenir.

tmoj on August 10, 2011

Yes Marianne,

it is a shell. Tiger cowrie or Cypraea tigris.

Best wishes, Timo

Jens ||NO VIEWS|| Ge… on August 11, 2011

Nice and colorful capture, congratulation! L1 Greetings ... JENS

tmoj on August 11, 2011

Thanks Jens,

as an underwater photographer your comment is especially appreciated!

Best wishes, Timo

mr scottyow on August 15, 2011

simply beautiful.



Amelia Royan on August 18, 2011

So exotic dear Timo, a different view of our planet!

We get little cowries, up to 1 centimetre in length in the UK. The are rough on the outside, not silky like this one. So far I haven't found any cowries in Norway!

Warm wishes, Amelia

tmoj on August 24, 2011

Thank you for your kind compliments,



I have a picture of a beautiful unknown very small cowrie from Malaysia also. I actually didn't see it with my old eyes, but just took a picture where the guide pointed at!

Best wishes, Timo

Lloyd. B on August 26, 2011

tmoj/i have one of these tiger cowrie shell's on my mantel-peace. I got it when i was about 10 and it has held its color perfect, after all those years.

tmoj on August 29, 2011

Thank you for your visit and kind compliments Lloyd!

the shells are really shiny and that makes it a bit difficult to take a picture. Either you get bad reflections caused by flash or then a problem with focusing.

It would be nice to have one on my mantel-peace also, but nowadays it is forbidden to collect them in most places. It is also one of the principles with diving that you are not supposed touch nor collect anything. Bring back only memories and photos and leave only bubbles behind!

Best wishes, Timo

loamvalley on September 4, 2011

....always great to watch these underwater treasures, thank you for sharing, LIKE! Greetings again, Felix

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 10, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by tmoj
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G11
    • Taken on 2011/08/01 13:09:49
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 12.07mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired