Seashells… Down by the Seashore
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ”Gift From the Sea”
One of the most relaxing pastimes at the beach is to clear your mind, stroll slowly with loved ones along the shoreline, while gathering seashells on the beach. Sandbridge is the perfect place for shelling offering a quiet, secluded 5 mile stretch of beach to explore. The casual shell collector can enjoy shelling year round… even during the off season. Here are a few tips to make your shelling expedition even more fun:
Best Times to go Shelling:
Experts tell us that low tides, and the times of the new moon and the full moon, bring the best shells. If you visit immediately after a storm, you’ll find that the rough waves and strong currents will dislodge shells in shallow water and toss them onto the beach.
What To Bring for Shelling:
If you’re going to do any serious shell collecting, be sure to bring a strong mesh or canvas bag to carry your finds — shells can get heavy very quickly. You’ll want to bring along water and sun protection, as well as your basic beach gear. It helps to bring along lightweight beach or water shoes to protect your feet so you can explore areas along the tide line where shells are arranged in thick bands.
What Shells to Collect:
Keep in mind that an inhabited seashell is a sea creature’s home! Please don’t remove an occupied seashell, or live starfish, from the beach. If you find you’ve picked one up, don’t throw it into the water – place it gently down to avoid damage. Abandoned seashells, of course, are fair game. You’ll find beautiful ones in gently-used condition along the coast.
Creative Fun with your Seashells:
You don’t have to be a conchologist (serious seashell collector) to enjoy seashells for years after you collect them. Combine shells with flowers to make beautiful centerpieces — or arrange with live plants in the garden. We’ve seen shells used for a wide range of crafts projects, including clever mobiles, front door wreaths, jewelry, and even beautiful shell-filled lamp bases.
If you plan to pack your shells, or use them indoors or for crafts, you will want to cook them to remove bacteria. To clean them, boil them gently in hot water for at least 20 minutes or soak them overnight in a weak solution of beach before rinsing and allowing to dry thoroughly.
Now that you’ve got all the facts, get out there and have some fun! Shelling is truly a gift that keeps on giving. You gain not only beautiful memories of peaceful times along the shore, you also get to take away a special beach souvenir. Enjoy the hunt!
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