I received my first shells from
my cousin when I was five years old. They were interesting to
me, even though they were quite common species. When I was nine
years old, I received some more shells from my school assistant
as a birthday present. Those included many interesting shells
for me, some Cypraeas, Murexes, Lambis and Trochids. Of course,
back then I didn't know anything about their Finnish or Latin
Niiranen from Finland
I found amazing shapes and textures
which I had never touched before; it was like a whole new world
of shapes for me, and after that I really became interested in
shells and started collecting them.
I tried to get more shells, but
in Finland it's very difficult to obtain any shells at all; I
only found some shell baskets in local shops. But when I traveled
to Gran Canary Island, my collection increased a lot. There were
shells that I had never seen, very big surprises for me. I returned
several times to the Canary Islands and I bought more and more
new shells for my collection.
Six years later, I visited Rhodes
in Greece and again obtained many different species. I had not
imagined how many different species from other countries I could
find. I mean special and more expensive species, specially prepared
for collectors. I bought some real nice shells there: Cypraea
aurantium, Cypraea hesitata, Haliotis rufescens and Syrinx aruanus.
I also found many new species from
Fortaleza, Brazil during two trips I made, in 2005 and in January
2006 when I visited Femorale, which was the first real shell store
I have been to.
I have moved my preferred families
to a big wooden cabinet.
These species are ordered alphabetically by genus
in the phyllogenetic order as much it's possible.
My preferred families are Bursidae,
Cassidae, Haliotidae, Harpidae, Ranellidae and Struthiolariidae.
Shell collecting for me means traveling
to new places, examining shapes and textures of different kind
of shells and meeting new people.