Do you and your family like to take walks on the beach looking for shells to take home? If you do, then we want to share with you some of the shells you can find in North Myrtle Beach. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the shoreline. Let’s look below at what shells you can find while you are on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach.
The Lettered Olive happens to be the state shell for South Carolina since 1984. This is a standard shell that you will find on the South Carolina Coastline and is one that you will want to see more of. Known for its smooth, shiny, and cylinder shape along with Its unusual brown markings is a beautiful shell that you will want to continue to add to your collection!
Whelk shells are found a lot on the east coast, but they are often located here on the shoreline of North Myrtle Beach. These shells are often confused as being a conch shell by many, but don’t let that stop you from adding to your collection. Whelk shells are beautiful, and you will often find them with a spiral pattern on the outside of the shell. These do come in different sizes, so don’t be discouraged if you happen to find a small one compared to a larger one on your trip.
Cockle shells are found on many beaches around the United States and will be easy to distinguish. These shells look a lot like a scallop, but they have a heart like shape to them, unlike a scallop. Cockle shells come in a variety of colors and sizes and are one to collect. You can use them with arts & craft projects, place them in a jar with a candle in the middle, or let the kids use them to decorate their sandcastles.
Coquina Clam Shells
The Coquina Clamshells are many that you will find along the shore and are often one of the most common shells found at the beach. Many children love to see these shells while at the beach and collect them. They are small clamshells that are around an inch long, and they are found in several different colors. These shells are often found alive by the water burrowing themselves in the sand.
Jingle shells are often found along the Atlantic coast and are known as clams or oysters. Often, you’ll find them with a very iridescent color shell, and their outside is shiny. Many children find them on the beach and will use them on the sandcastles they may build each summer.
Have you ever found a sand dollar while searching for shells along the shoreline? You may have found pieces of them more often than the whole one, but we promise you can find them in the area too. While you can go out and purchase them from local beach gift shops, finding some of your own is more fun and adventure. We will say they are very fragile, so if you find one, be careful with it.
Many other shells can be found in North Myrtle Beach, such as Pen Shells, Banded Tulips, and Atlantic Moon Snail Shells. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy the beach to collect shells. We can’t wait to hear all about the shells you found while on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach!