Many who live by the seashore enjoy this fascinating hobby which costs nothing, and Collecting seashells is captivating plus great outdoor exercise. There are so many seashell types, each with it’s own shape and coloring plus varied coloring within the same shape. The smaller ones are plentiful, and easy to find undamaged. The goal is to find a large one in near-perfect condition.
These often break apart in the rolling surf. If they make it ashore, they could be attacked by pecking sea birds looking for any creature still inside. If that wasn’t enough, some people will step on the seashells. Doing a sweep at very low tide, and after a storm when many have washed ashore, is the best time to find a real gem for your seashell collection.
Sanibel Island, near Fort Myers, Florida, is a shell collecting mecca. It is so common to see people gathering shells, that it is called “the Sanibel Stoop”