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Old 07-19-2007, 09:18 AM
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Location: The 12th State
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Default What beach has the most seashells?

When I went to the outer banks in May I was rather disappointed in the lack of sea shells. I found some beautiful white scallion type shells but nothing of large size. I was looking for the kind of shells that you know you put your ear against it and can hear the ocean lol.

I saw them sold at stores but to me it not same thing as finding these treasures on the beach.

I love to find some sand dollars , scotch bonnets, etc.

I guess my thinking that the outer banks being the most outer point would be a haven are they located further south.

Any suggestions is appreciated thanks.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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I don't know about seashells but I love to collect sea glass when I'm at the beach. I know when it's low tide you have a better chance at collecting both.
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Old 07-22-2007, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Sea Shells on SOBX

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When I went to the outer banks in May I was rather disappointed in the lack of sea shells. I found some beautiful white scallion type shells but nothing of large size. I was looking for the kind of shells that you know you put your ear against it and can hear the ocean lol.

I saw them sold at stores but to me it not same thing as finding these treasures on the beach.

I love to find some sand dollars , scotch bonnets, etc.

I guess my thinking that the outer banks being the most outer point would be a haven are they located further south.

Any suggestions is appreciated thanks.
In our area, the Crystal Coast, one of the most popular areas is Shackleford Banks which is across from Harker's Island and near Beaufort, NC.

It is only reachable by boat, but there are plenty of boat tours that will take you there. When we were there recently I thought I would have to drag my wife away.

You can actually see the shells in this picture.

http://coastalnc.org/seetheshells (broken link)

This is a little closer view.

http://coastalnc.org/moreshells (broken link)

Then there are the wild ponies which are often in the background.

http://coastalnc.org/poniesontheisland (broken link)

A free local magazine, Dropping Anchor, has downloadable pdf versions of their magazine available online.

Download the June 07 one with shells on the cover to get a detailed article of where to find shells.

We have made many trips to the Northern Outer Banks and have never seen shells there like the ones we have found on the Southern Outer Banks.

The Shackleford Shells are on the soundside. We also found lots of sand dollars.

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Old 07-22-2007, 07:50 AM
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I wanted to visit Shackleford Banks the last time I went to the northern Obx but already spent to much time in car on that trip.

When would be a good time to get the most shells? After a storm, during a certain season?
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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That picture of the wild horses is amazing, I cannot wait to go out there and look around, it's amazing what is out there.

I will be in town Tuesday.
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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I wanted to visit Shackleford Banks the last time I went to the northern Obx but already spent to much time in car on that trip.

When would be a good time to get the most shells? After a storm, during a certain season?
Those pictures were taken in mid-June and were where most people tie up their boats. I have been told that the shelling there is pretty consistently good.

I haven't gone to Shackleford enough to know if there is a best time, but I will ask a couple and experts and get back to you.

-David Sobotta
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Old 07-22-2007, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile More pictures of wild horses and shelling

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That picture of the wild horses is amazing, I cannot wait to go out there and look around, it's amazing what is out there.

I will be in town Tuesday.
Here are some more pictures of the wild horses.

These are Carrot Island Horses (http://www.insiders.com/crystalcoast/sb-kidstuff.htm - broken link).

http://coastalnc.org/carrotislandponies (broken link)

A wild horse just off of Shackleford, I believe.

http://coastalnc.org/moreshacklefordponies (broken link)

A close up.

http://coastalnc.org/closeupshacklefordponies (broken link)

Cape Lookout, another good shelling spot.

http://coastalnc.org/nearthepointatcapelookout (broken link)

Shelling at Cape Lookout

http://coastalnc.org/shellingatcapelookout (broken link)
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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Thanks for sharing. This is one of the first things I am going to do with my Six year old once we get there and settle. I am coming tuesday.

Now I need like an extra $1000 for the side trips I want to take now.
Guess it's time for the NY family to visit so they can pay for all the fun excursions I want to take. Yeah!!!
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Some good news

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Thanks for sharing. This is one of the first things I am going to do with my Six year old once we get there and settle. I am coming tuesday.

Now I need like an extra $1000 for the side trips I want to take now.
Guess it's time for the NY family to visit so they can pay for all the fun excursions I want to take. Yeah!!!
This is North Carolina, you can probably get by with a lot less on the side trips than $1,000.

I wrote up one of the trips that we took from Harkers Island to Cape Lookout.

The title of post was The Best Twenty Dollars You'll Ever Spend (broken link).

The post was written in June 2005 and I just checked Calico Jack's website (http://www.capelookoutferry.com/ferry/ - broken link) and the prices are still $10 for adults and $6 for children under twelve.

However, you might spend a good chunk of that leftover money on food since restaurants can be expensive due to most of them catering to tourists.
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Don't forget Core Banks too! Core Banks is the barrier island where the Cape Lookout Lighthouse sits.
Shackleford Banks runs east/west. Core Banks runs north/south. The only thing that seperates the two Banks is Barden's Inlet-Which was opened up during a hurricane in the 1940"s.
Both Banks are uninhabbited by humans now. Great shelling beaches-After storms and during the winter too!
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