- "I got an ear shell! And yet it couldn't hear me coming!" —New Leaf
The ear shell is a benthic creature found at the bottom of the sea. It is indicated by a circular shadow. Diving is the only way of capturing it.
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"They resemble young abalone, as they are directly related to them, though they act more like snails. They live in various habitats, but being snaillike, they actually have feelers to get around the ocean. "
- Main article: Ear shell on Wikipedia
The shell of abalones is convex, rounded to oval shape, and may be highly arched or very flattened. The shell of the majority of species is ear-shaped. The exterior of the shell is striated and dull. The color of the shell is very variable from species to species which may reflect the animal's diet. The shell of the abalone is exceptionally strong and is made of microscopic calcium carbonate tiles stacked like bricks. Between the layers of tiles is a clingy protein substance.