July 28, 2023
Shelling is a year round pasttime on Amelia Island and one that many folks take very seriously. Why? Because shells and other salt water specimens are ocean treasure and a memento of a great vacation. Seashells can be used in home decorating, crafty projects or to simply be displayed in a basket or shadow box. Candle holders, jewelry, wreaths, Christmas ornaments, and even wind chimes are all crafty things to do with shells.
Some of the more popular shells found on Amelia Island and neighboring Cumberland Island’s beaches include sand dollars, great heart cockles, olives, clams, lightning whelks and baby’s ear moon snails. Folks also love to hunt for the elusive shark teeth which are prevalent along our shores. Hunting for shark teeth is a little more challenging than shelling so you can either go it alone or let the fine folks at Amelia Shark Tooth Adventures take you out for an educational and enjoyable day tour. I’m pretty sure you won’t leave empty handed!
I’m not gonna lie, you’ll probably find more shells in the winter months here than the summer months due to 1) stronger ocean currents and winter storms that push more shells up on the beach and 2) less island visitors resulting in more shells on the beach. All that means is you’ll need to come back in the winter for some serious beachcombing!
Now, grab a bucket and head to the beach!
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