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Anna Maria Island
For the serious beachcomber, the most important thing about shelling is to know the
Tides as the best shells are found just before low tide.
Another opportune time is after a storm advancing cold fronts tend to push water away from the beach and tropical storms can churn up the tides bringing shells ashore like Left Handed Whelks, Augers and Coquinas.
The best places for shelling are at Turtle Beach and the public access area on North Shell Road.
Once gathered, you may want to identify your finds. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has a great online shell guide that will help you recognize the various pieces in your collection. To browse shells commonly found in South West Florida click:
Florida has a State Law prohibiting the collection of live shells and that includes sand dollars.
Regarding Loggerhead Turtles...
You may notice here and there, bright orange tape strung around four long stakes in the sand.
With the help of more than 300 volunteers, the Mote Marine Turtle Patrol does a wonderful job documenting and marking each nest found throughout the nesting season. Loggerheads begin arriving around March with peak activity from May through August.
Females often nest up to seven times within a season laying clutches from 100-125 eggs. OUCH!
Coming ashore mainly at night females will dig a deep hole and leave soft leathery orbs to incubate for up to 60 days. Hatchlings emerge generally at night and head to the ocean for 20 to 30 years before reaching full size and sexual maturity.
Although males never return to land, females often come back to the same beach and nest within feet of their own place of birth. About 80 percent of the worlds population is believed to nest in Florida or in Oman on the Arabian Peninsula.
In the U.S., Florida accounts for more than 90 percent of the loggerhead nesting population.
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