I took advice from the research I’ve done about shelling and pocketed some little seashells from my recent trip to New Smyrna Beach.
I found living shells, like this little shark’s eye, which I photographed and left alone. But not much else down near the water.
We went onto the beach at the Flagler Ave. entrance and headed north to park the car. I saw a few sea turtle nests roped off with yellow tape, up near the dune area where cars are not allowed. After swimming and boogie boarding for a bit, I took a break from the water and went in search of treasures at the high tide line.
We’d had a very high tide during the week. It might have been because of the full moon, but we hit the beach at high tide, and it was nowhere near the line I found by the dunes, which must have happened at the full moon tide.
The east coast beaches I used to frequent never gave me much of a variety of shells, and I didn’t find a big variety this time either. I did find more shells up there in the soft sand than I found down near the water. Mostly clams and a few oysters, and one piece of what used to be a big sand dollar. I found no univalves at all (except for the occupied shark’s eye), but one of the kids found a living, lettered olive in the tide pool. I was happy to be able to tell him what it was called!