Local resident Sinda Nichols gives us the dirt (sand?) on how to have more fun collecting shells on our shores.
More tips from seasoned seekers:
- Go out at low tide and concentrate on the damp to wet sand area near water’s edge. (Just south of Amelia, Little Talbot Island State Park has a wide beach that magnifies low tide.)
- After a storm is a great time to see what has washed up.
- Shells are seasonal; winter is generally the most bountiful time.
- Some favorite shells found on Amelia and neighboring Cumberland Island include sand dollars, great heart cockles, olives, lightning whelks and baby’s ear moon snails.
- If you are or become serious about shelling on the First Coast, the Jacksonville Shells site is a great resource.
If you've found beautiful shells or striking shark's teeth, share them with us on social media by using the hashtag #LoveAmelia.
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