|Shell pile at the North Jetty - Nokomis, Florida - January 2001|
Blind Pass at Sanibel is proof of this. After seeing pictures of the huge shell piles showing up day after day I finally drove down to go shelling. Due to the winds there was hardly anything. It had all been covered up with sand. I'll see someone find a junonia on West Gulf Dr on Sanibel so I'll go there and someone finds one on East Gulf Dr.
The key is to relax & have fun with it. Every beach as something to offer even if it's just a spectacular sunrise or a cool sand sculpture on the beach. So back to gear. These are some of the things I keep handy in my truck for whenever I go shelling.
Shell Shovel aka Sand Flea Rake - Personally I like the metal kind because it will dig through the shell piles. The metal shell shovel is best for sharks teeth hunting which is what I do the most of. The Shell Sifter is lighter and better for just scooping shells from the surf line. The metal shell shovel can be found in almost any Walmart or coastal hardware store in SWFL. They run about $17.00. The Susick Shell Sifter can be ordered online. They currently have free shipping and they include a shell bag.
|The good ole Sand Flea Shovel|
|The Susick Shell Sifter|
|DIY shelling apparatus|
Containers - You'll need some type of bucket to carry your shells. I usually have a couple of different sizes. A mesh shell bag can be tied to your shorts and allows the water to drain from your shells. The one I use is actually a lingerie wash bag from the laundry aisle for .99 cents. Zip loc bags are handy to store smaller finds in but be careful not to leave these behind. Zip locs and sealife don't co-exist well. Zip locs are especially good for sharks teeth. Old prescription pill bottles work well to hold miniature shells like wentletraps and coquinas so they don't get crushed before you get them home. Any container that you have laying around the house will work.
Garden tools - Don't find yourself facing a huge shell pile with only your bare hands to dig with. A hand-held rake is a great tool to dig through the flotsam on the surf line also.
|It can also double a back scratcher -This one belongs to my shell sistah Rhonda of Shellbelle's Tiki Hut|
|I like my Bayco nightstick it fits in my pocket|
|red = low low tides * black = low * blue = high|