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Tefla is one of only three people in Tyre still collecting murex shells from the stretch of sand north of the city. The season for this activity lasts just a few months each year, given that the seashells are brought in by the rising tide and the currents are strong enough only during the winter. At times, the strenuous search might yield 10 to 15 shells, while at others, the murex-seekers go home empty-handed.Each shell is sold for between $1 and $10, depending on its size and color. Sometimes, Tefla wraps the shell together with a stone smoothed by the ocean to create original gifts.
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