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Old 03-09-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Largo, Fl
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I just wanted someone to tell Me where, what and when to look for sea shells on the beaches. Low tide, High tide? 6AM or 7PM? Thanks!!
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Low tide. You'll have to consult the tide information for your specific beach to get the time.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I agree with tilli. Low tide and check each beach what time is low tide. It varies from north to south. It does not matter if it is low time in the morning or evening. You could probably do a websearch to find out what a particular beach has its' low tide. The best beaches for shelling is way south of here on Sanibel Island. Venice beach is good to find ancient sharks teeth.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Not much of a shell collector myself but I've heard to go very early in the morning. Makes sense, more often than not, there's usually a high tide during the night so shells will collect on the beach without anyone there to collect them so come early morning(outside of high tide) you should be able to find lots of them before people go for their morning beach walk.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:41 AM
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The best time is at low tide immediately after a storm. The additional wave action churns up the shells typically in deeper water and carries them to shore.

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Old 03-11-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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Also if there is a full moon the tides are usually higher and much lower than normal. Take a ride to Caladesi in late Aug to get sand dollars.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Naperville, IL by necessity; Pinellas by choice
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I've had the best luck first thing in the morning at low tide on Sand Key (just south of Clearwater Pass). Never been to Sanibel.
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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We just took a 3 hr drive down to Sanibel Island last Saturday and there were hundreds of shells. Mostly the clam shells but alot and whole. We did find some that were different. High tide was just starting to come in so the shells were being forced to come in whith it. Was great.
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