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Lettered Olive

South Carolina State Shell

Lettered olive shells (Oliva sayana); photo by Edwardtbabinski on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike: CC BY-SA 3.0).

Lettered Olive

South Carolina designated the lettered olive (Oliva Sayana) as the official state shell in 1984. An early pioneer in conchology (Dr. Edmund Ravenel of Charleston, South Carolina) found and named the lettered olive seashell. Lettered olives are prolific along the South Carolina coast.