Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Pacific Gull Turban-shell Drop Site Near Rottnest's Little Salmon Bay

Pacific Gull Turban-shell Drop Site Near Rottnest's Little Salmon Bay

Ratings: (0)|Views: 0|Likes:
Published by Dr Paul Weaver
Casual observations of nature and other things on Rottnest Island in May, 2013.
Casual observations of nature and other things on Rottnest Island in May, 2013.

More info:

Published by: Dr Paul Weaver on Jun 07, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





31/05/13 8:25 AMFremantlebiz - Paul's Letter from AustraliaPage 1 of 2http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2013/05/31/
Fremantlebiz - Paul's Letter from Australia
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends View]
Friday, May 31st, 2013
Pacific Gull turban-shell drop site near Rottnest's Little Salmon Bay 
Pacific Gull turban-shell drop site near Little Salmon Bay
It can be seen that the section of rock shelf in the large photo has cracked off and fallen about a foot withouttilting. At some time in the distant past it was used by Pacific gulls
 Larus pacificus
to shatter reef dwellingturban shells
Turbo spp.
and other shell species by dropping them to get at the edible molluscs inside. Thehabit has been widely recorded around coastal Australia. On the sandy ground above the slab are countlessfragments of shell. The site is one of several on Rottnest Island no longer used by the species. Thisabandonment has possibly been to the proliferation of the smaller aggresive Silver gull
Archeologists call these deposits pseudo shell middens because in the past they have beenmistakenly attributed to human activity. A site in the north east corner of the island was determined by radiocarbon dating to be at least 2,500 years old, and that indications of human involvement had occurred from thecolonial 19th century. (Bindon, Dortch & Kendrick. 1978). Turban shells were very large and prolific when Iused to skindive on the shallow reefs of Rottnest in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but while snorkelling in thepast few years I noticed they were generally quite small and very much scarcer.© MMXIII Paul R. Weaver.
Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friendedLiveJournal users.
Alternatively,email me direct.
Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.
  RSS feed.Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my Rottnest essays: Even better,click here to view them on ‘The Shelf.’
Log outLog out
HomePost to journalFriends PageAccountFAQ
You are viewing your journal
Search at fremantlebiz
View Recent CommentsManage EntriesCalenda

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->