My interest for cowries (and generally for seashells) started about 20 years ago during a walk along the streets of Tulear (South West of Madagascar) : in that circumstance I casually stopped at the seashells market. It was the first time I saw the spectacular show : hundreds of colourful shells over mats sold by Malagasy women seated on the street edges. As many people, at the first time, I didn't believe that so small and insignificant animals could build such beautiful artworks ! It was immediately love !
I have several traveling opportunities for pleasure and work and, when possible, I try to purchase shells directly from local fishermen or dealers. I'm a scuba diver too (sometimes can find some interesting specimens by myself and can take pictures of living animals).
I like also photography. Maybe you can find some pictures from my trips in these web pages.