The striped Venus regularly washes ashore along the Holland coast and wadden beaches, but is less common in the delta region. The shells are triangular in shape with a conspicuous curl at the top and a serrated edge. They sometimes have pretty colorful patterns. The dark lines running over the shell form blocks or V-shapes. Old striped Venus shells are often dark brown or black, but are still recognizable thanks to their shape. Southern-Europeans find these shellfish very tasty and add them to all kinds of dishes.