Weather has a lot to do with seashell collecting. Storms will churn up the sea and roll larger shells into shore or into the shallows that we may not ordinarily see. I visited the east coast beaches of Florida most often as they were closest to my home. I honestly wasn’t a big shell collector and didn’t know a thing about any of them. The kids and I looked for large shells to take home and I remember finding lots of pieces of big shells, but nothing else.
If your vacation to Florida includes some serious beachcombing and shell hunting and you are close enough to Sanibel to make a visit, it might be worth it to check out. It’s a very touristy place, as are most nice places in Florida, but it is gorgeous and worth the trip.
People who live by or on the beach know a lot more about finding shells, especially in their area, if they are beachcombers. Pam lives on Sanibel Island and she has a page of info on where and when to find the best shelling spots there. In fact along with the weather, early birds get the best shells more often than not. Sanibel is a busy place and lots of people are there looking for shells so you’ll have competition. It is the third best place in the world for finding beautiful seashells, so it’s no wonder you will see shell seekers out with flashlights early in the day, scouring the beaches. No sleeping in on this vacation, and maybe you will find that Junonia you’ve been wanting.
Read my seashell identification page for more photos of Florida’s seashells you might find and visit the Junonia coloring page for a free print out.
Seashells and places you’ll find them.While living in Florida my family collected loads of seashells over the years. I took them for granted and never thought too much about the creatures who made them or their lives under the sea, until recently. Now that I use them as part of my work, I have a renewed interest in them. Beyond collecting and photographing seashells, I like to write about tropical locations where you may stumble across that perfect shell.
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