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Are you planning a beach vacation?  Would you like us to do some research for you?  Do you have any specific questions about beaches, books, marine animals or other things you’ve seen in our articles?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  This is where you can ask your questions and get some answers.  Please leave your question in the “leave a reply” box below, and we will answer it in the form of a return comment, as well as send it to the e-mail you give in your comment info.  If it’s a really good question (or a request for information on a specific beach, etc.), then we may answer you in the form of a main-page article!  Thank you very much for your interest and input. We’re happy to be of service!

Have a great day at the beach!  – Jody, Greg, and E.G.D.

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81 Responses to “Questions and Requests”

  1. Rebecca said

    going to Maui next week and would love to know if you know of good beaches for sea glass hunting. I have been there several times and found some in Lahaina and some near the airport in Kahalui…but slim pickens….any help? thanks

    • Jody said

      Hi Rebecca,
      That’s a great question. In my experience, the best beaches for finding sea glass are near the more populated locales, especially around areas with bars. Party scene locations tend to produce more glass in the surrounding water. Check for low tides, too. You will most likely find more sea glass when the tide is out and the beach is lengthened. Have a wonderful time! Let us know what you find. Aloha! Jody

      • Rebecca said

        THANKS…I will be sure to let you know what treasures I find. I recently went to Guernsey Isle in the British Isles, and treasure hunting on the River Thames and found some beautiful treasures…it is going to be hard to beat……….Darn I guess someone has to do it, YEAH! Aloha

  2. LeighAnn Wainner said

    Hello,
    I am interested in having a wedding on Telephone Cove, Lake Mohave, AZ around the end of August, this year… I was wondering if there was any information you could provide to me with possibly having it there. (Fees, wheelchair accessible, etc.)? Would like to rent out the beach, or possibly block it off from the public for a short period of time. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    • Jody said

      Hi LeaighAnn!
      What a fun idea! South Telephone Cove is such a beautiful setting. You will need to deal with the Special Events Coordinator for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. That office covers both the Lake Mead and Lake Mohave areas of the park. Her name is Naomi Shibata and she can be reached at 702-293-8931.
      Such a wonderful way to celebrate your special day!
      I hope you’ll share your story and photos with us. With our very best wishes, Jody

  3. penny said

    I found what I think is a nudibranch, but I haven’t found out exactly what genus and so forth. Is there a way to email some pictures so you can help me find out more about it? I am fascinated by this thing!

  4. Steve Garrett said

    I just happened upon a picture you have under the ‘Creative Commons’ license, and it’s of some sea shells in sand. It’s titled: wings3. I am so new to Texas and currently reside in San Antonio. Have only been here in SA since January of this year, while I started out in Kerrville in November. Your picture has me interested and curious in the beaches here, and while I know they can’t be compared in any way to the California beaches (I am from California), it’s got me interested in taking a drive one day to see and also take some pictures (so I don’t have to utilize other folk’s photos, even though they are under the ‘CC’ license). My mother wants me to take some pictures of Galveston where she was born, and while I really want to, I found out from a MapQuest search that it’s a bit of a drive!! There’s also a beautiful State Park or Preserve about a days drive to the West of me or either Southwest or Northwest… like I say, I’m new, while still learning about this state! I came from the Antelope Valley and the whole valley is nowhere near as big as this city, while for me, it’s so easy to get lost!!! Anyway, I just wanted to ‘babble’ and let you know that your photo intrigued me or got my curiosity going!! Oh, and I already hit the Facebook button to do another post/link.

    • E.G.D. said

      Aloha, and thanks for your interest, Steve! We’re so very glad you enjoyed the photo, but I fear that you’re mistaken about the CC license. Jody does not publish her photos under a CC license, and if someone else has done so, please-please-please let us know where so that we can ask them to take it down! All of Jody’s photos are copyrighted to herself, and she has even started to put a copyright mark directly onto the photos she posts on this site. I do very much hope you can help us fix the situation. On the other hand, I’m glad you wandered through, and we’d love to hear more from you about your personal beach-going experiences. Thank you very kindly. -E.G.D.

      • beachy117 said

        I am from South Texas and would recommend for him to check out the Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island by Corpus Christi. During the summer months, they do the baby sea turtle releases early in the morning around 7. Also, while there, you can learn about the sea life and the wild life that you encounter.
        Another cool drive during the cooler months is from North Padre Island and drive out to Port Aransas and take the ferry and check out the dolphins playing in the wake of the ships that pass through. From there drive out to Rockport which is a little artist colony among the rugged, windswept Live Oak trees by the water. Finally, eat some seafood over in Fulton. Each place on that little drive has it own personality; however, it not anything like dramatic California beaches, but it has its own simple beauty.

      • Jody said

        Oooooh! That all sounds so lovely! I’m going to take these recommendations myself. We love the Texas Gulf Coast for it’s (mostly) untamed natural beauty.

  5. Glenna said

    What kind of treasures, other than shells, have been found on sanibel island florida? We are planning a trip soon and wanted to know if we should take a metal detector?

    • Jody said

      Hi, Glenna. I’ve been to Sanibel Island many times and have never personally seen anyone with a metal detector on the beaches. I’m guessing that detecting there would be more of an opportunity to find personal items, not riches from a sunken galleon. Safe travels!

  6. Glenna said

    Hi Everyone! I guess by now you all know I am really new to this, so please have patience with me. Can someone post a photo of what an encrusted coin looks like? And will a metal detector pick up the reading? I have subscribed to Lost Treasure magazines but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Thanks to all.

    • Jody said

      Hi, Glenna! I found a very informative page from the Outer Banks of North Carolina: http://www.outerbanksnc.net/beachtips.html (TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL BEACH HUNTING). I hope it will be helpful for you.
      We, at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches, are more hunters of what lies above the sand. We’d love to hear about your metal detecting adventures, though, and hope you’ll keep us in mind!
      Have a great day at the beach!

  7. Lucy said

    Along the gulf coast of Florida, what is the best time of the year for shelling?

    • Jody said

      Lucy, thanks so much for your question! Really, any time of year is a good time for shelling on the Gulf Coast of Florida! The very best conditions come after storms and, of course, at low tide. Be sure to check those local tide tables for the lowest possible tides. Also, be sure to get out onto the beach in the early morning, before the sands are picked over. Here’s another answer we gave to a reader from our previous post on shelling on Sanibel Island, Florida:
      “We’ve turned to our trusty copy of The Sanibel Shell Guide to find you an authoritative answer to your question. According to the guide:
      “The most ideal combination of conditions for shelling would be the following: an exceptionally low morning tide during a full moon, a north-west wind, two or three days after a rousing storm during the high season” (page 12). The “high season,” incidentally, is the winter. The book actually explicitly states that “good shells are hard to find” during the summer, which may have been your problem, depending on when you visited. Here’s hoping you get one or two of the above listed ideal conditions on your next Sanibel visit!”
      *By the way, we haven’t had any issues beachcombing in this area during the summertime.*

  8. Wren said

    Hello everyone. I am making my first trip to the Big Island early in January and i am very excited. I will be staying at Hilo for a week and then the Kona coast for several days. It sounds like shelling is a bit different on Hawaii – at least on the big island. It sounds like I am more likely to find shards and flotsam (which is fine with me) rather than whole shells unless one goes wading in or snorkeling. I have never snorkled. Is this true? Can some one give me an idea of what to be on the look on for and at what beaches.? I will be traveling solo and I am looking forrward to it, but I have to be a little wary of going too far off the beaten path unless I can find a local guide.

    I am also wondering about tidal pools – how accessible they are and what might be found around them. I uderstand that winter waves can be wicked, but I assume there are tidal charts that tell when the lowest tides are?

    thanks all! Wren

    • Jody said

      Wren, how exciting! The Big Island is an amazing mix of beaches and mountains. First, my favorite Hawaii guidebooks come in a series by Andrew Doughty, a Hawaiian local. Be sure to pick up a copy of “Hawaii The Big Island Revealed” as soon as possible. In my opinion, it’s the absolute best reference on the market! Also, the Kohala Coast has quite a few gorgeous beaches. Make sure you see ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay and Hapuna Beach. On A-Bay you’ll find small, whole shells and at Hapuna you’ll be able to collect some beautiful coral. Look on the right sidebar of our home page and click on “Beaches of the Hawaiian Islands” for more info. Also, The Hawaii Beach Safety site is a wonderful resource. ~Aloha~
      ~A couple more :-)
      Best Hawaiian Beaches for Shells
      The Ultimate Hawaii Seashell Guide

  9. Debbie Olsen said

    Is there a rope swing at the Hukilau Park? We took our kids to Oahu 7 years ago and, during a drive, stumbled onto a beautiful park at the ocean’s edge, which included rope swings. I got the most idyllic pictures of them swinging, with the ocean in the background. I don’t remember the name of the park and was wondering if it was the Hukilau. Maholo, Debbie

    • E.G.D. said

      Aloha, Debbie! You know, I’ve been to Hukilau Beach Park four or five times, and I’ve never seen a rope swing there. Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there! I tend to be a head-straight-to-the-beach kind of girl. That sounds amazing, though! I believe there is a rope swing at Sunset Point. There’s definitely one in Pearl City on the Waimano Pool Trail, but that’s not North Shore. I’ll keep looking and let you know if I find anything else.

  10. Debbie said

    Thanks!

  11. Adam said

    Hi iam going to tangier morocco for a holiday if i go jet skiing is the beach safe off sharks or anything that can harm you

    • E.G.D. said

      Aloha, Adam! In very happy news, by all accounts I have ever encountered, the beaches in Morocco are incredibly safe with regards to wildlife. Also, according to a USA Today article:
      “Morocco…is one of the few places where swimming with dolphins in the open ocean is legal. Some boat dive trips combine diving with dolphin watching, including the chance to get in the water with the dolphins. Sea turtles are sometimes seen, and the reefs offer a home to slithering blue conger eels, crabs, grouper, tuna and sea bream.” It would seem that the wildlife is generally friendly and awesome! Granted, any wild animal has the potential to harm you, but as long as you are respectful of them and do not threaten them, you will probably not have any problems.

    • Jody said

      Adam, I know of no beach that is safe from anything that can harm you. It’s always best to follow the safety rules set out by the regional authority. Look for the posted safety signs on the beach and always check with the lifeguard before entering the water (especially in new and unfamiliar places). Follow all regulations when you rent your jet ski and, most importantly, ask questions of the locals. Have a wonderful time and please feel free to share your beach experiences and photos with us on your return!

  12. Deborah said

    Hi,
    Am heading to London in a couple of weeks and hope to visit Brighton one day. Have read that some places along the southcoast of England have laws making it illegal to pick up pebbles/rocks from the beaches. Do you know if there are any such restrictions that beachcombers should be aware of when walking along Brighton Beach ? Thanks ! Deborah

    • Jody said

      Deborah, thanks so much for stopping by! I did find this article on beachcombing in Brighton. It seems that the police may turn a blind eye to any visitor who takes home a beach pebble or two but it’s technically against the law to collect pebbles according to this news article from The Argus dated May 22, 2010:Caroline Lucas says she has returned Brighton pebble. (Quote: A city council spokesman said: “Technically it’s illegal to remove pebbles from Brighton beach but while our seafront officers are instructed to report anyone taking large quantities of pebbles to the police they are unlikely to report visitors taking a single pebble home to remember their visit.”) Here’s some contact information for the Brighton & Hove City Council if you’d like to give them a call for up-to-date information on the regulation. Tel: (01273) 290000 | Mail: info@brighton-hove.gov.uk
      Have a wonderful trip and please come back to share your experiences and photos on your return! ~Jody

  13. Deborah said

    Thanks, Jody !
    Nothing like getting arrested for walking off the beach with a bag of pebbles. Hope I can fit Brighton into our tour schedule.
    Deborah

  14. Jody I think you may have been the winner of my recent contest. Will you please email me at Disneyways@Disneyways.com? Thanks!

    • Jody said

      Wooohooo! How very exciting! Disney everything makes me happy! I just love your Disneyways!
      Thanks so much for your notice.
      Have a great day at the beach! ~Jody

  15. Henry said

    Hello Jody. I’m primary a jadehound and frequent Big Sur. But from time-to-time, I get the urge to go agate hunting. I found your site while doing a GOOGLE search on Bolinas Beach in Marin, County. California. Like, you I initially had no luck on finding agates. But, on negative low tide I went closer to the “point” (in your picture) and searched the waterline and found a couple of small tar agates. Then I found a silver dollar sized white piece. It’s quite nice and handled a “tumbler” really well. So I think negative low tide and looking after a storm is pretty much the key. :)

  16. Hi
    no one from England got back to me on Yarn Bombing but I did get this

    Eunice, I am in North Carolina USA – and yes there is yarn bombing about twice a year. Several knit shops get together and pick a date, then all who can come to a specific place (most time some where that could use the color). It happens at about 4am. I am hoping to join in the next one.

  17. Garrett said

    Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start
    my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • E.G.D. said

      We’re on wordpress, but the layout is largely the product of a ridiculous number of CSS changes. Beware, though, because we had to pay for the privilege of making CSS changes. WordPress can be a seriously rigid system. It’s a good starter engine, though. Good luck!

  18. Hello there; Maybe you could be the one to finally help me. I’ve been looking for a bottle of Star Sand from Okinawa, Japan for my son. Someone gave him a bottle many years ago and someone else threw it away by mistake. He was very upset. I would like to replace it for him because he’s has helped me through so much with health issues. I owe him my life and could never find a way to pay him back. He’s one in a million. Any help you could give me to find some would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jody said

      I just checked on line to see what I could find for you. It looks like it’s available for sale on a couple of sites. I’m sorry that I cannot vouch for the authenticity or the sellers. I simply googled: star sand okinawa for sale. I hope you find what you are looking for. All the best, Jody

  19. Roslyn Cramer said

    I have a collection of seashells gathered in Florida, the Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean. I no longer have space to keep them and would like to give them to someone who uses them in craft projects. I live near Satellite Beach and could deliver them to a nearby area.

  20. Fathima Nuskiya said

    Hi,
    I am very much fond of Triton shells. I have number of Triton shells but all those are right screwed Tritons. I like to have a left screwed Triton shell too because I have seen them only in pictures. Please be kind enough to tell me where I can find left screw turned Triton shells. I am eager to own a left screwed Triton shell. I love Triton shells.
    Thank you.
    Regards.
    Fathima.

    • Jody said

      Fathima, what a great question! From what I have found to date, the Triton is a right turned seashell. The left handed Triton seashells are an anomaly and very, very rare in this species. Are you perhaps thinking of the Lightning Whelk? This gastropod is a very well known for its left turned seashell: Lightning Whelk.

      Please let me know if you need further information and I’ll keep digging along with you.
      Thanks so much for checking with us! ~Jody

      • Fathima Nuskiya said

        Hi Jody,
        Thanks for your reply. I didn’t mean Lightning Whelk. I know that left screwed Triton shells are rare, but I don’t know it’s verrry rare. You think how many left screwed Tritons exist in the present world???

      • Jody said

        That is a very good question! I don’t think that anyone could have the answer.

  21. Hannah said

    I’m writing a paper on the importance of leaving sea life (sea stars in particular) where they are. I have heard that it is illegal in most places to take live star fish home, but I can’t find an official website that says where it’s illegal and why. All I can find are eHow questions and Yahoo! answers and such, which aren’t very creditable. Do you know where I can look?

  22. Cheryl said

    What about larger shells ?

    • E.G.D. said

      Good question. What *about* larger shells? Are you looking to find them on a beach? Are you looking to identify one? Clarification would be appreciated. Thanks- E.G.D.

  23. jeni said

    hi dear all here

    I was looking for triton shell left hand side for so long which is very rare, did anyone here can help me to find that left triton or anyone here have information might someone have it, Im really interesting to buy that we wil give highest price for that, if any one here have it or have the information about someone who willing to selling that, would you please inform me n contact me at my email jenimamelia@yahoo.com or my number +6281218828573
    your help will be much meaning for me may God bless you all thankyou

    have a nice day

  24. Barbara Karnik said

    I have just moved to Old Orchard Beach, ME. I love walking the beach and finding unique finds for crafting. I am seeing numerous posts about “collecting laws”, but cannot find any specific to the Maine coast. Can you tell me where to get that info?
    Thank you

    • Jody said

      Hello Barbara,
      Kudos to you! How wonderful that you share our interest in responsible beachcombing!
      Each municipality may have their own rules and regs. State and Federal lands quite often have very specific collecting ordinances.
      Here’s one site I found to be very helpful: http://www.necwa.org/seashells.html.
      I hope you’ll come back and share your treasured moments and beach treasures with us! We just love to share!
      Have a great day at the beach, Jody

  25. jimmie said

    What is the best time of year to find Sand dollars? We are thinking of going to Sanibel. Last time we were there in Oct, but no sand dollars. Lots of other beautiful shells.
    Is there another beach around Ft. Meyers you recommend or is Sanibel the best if it is shells you are interested in and sand dollars specifically. Thanks

    • Jody said

      Jimmie, thanks so much for your question! Really, any time of year is a good time for shelling on the Gulf Coast of Florida! We highly recommend Sanibel! Sanibel Island is a beachcomber’s dream. The very best conditions come after storms and, of course, at low tide. Be sure to check those local tide tables for the lowest possible tides. Also, be sure to get out onto the beach in the early morning, before the sands are picked over. Here’s another answer we gave to a reader from our previous post on shelling on Sanibel Island, Florida:
      “We’ve turned to our trusty copy of The Sanibel Shell Guide to find you an authoritative answer to your question. According to the guide:
      “The most ideal combination of conditions for shelling would be the following: an exceptionally low morning tide during a full moon, a north-west wind, two or three days after a rousing storm during the high season” (page 12). The “high season,” incidentally, is the winter. The book actually explicitly states that “good shells are hard to find” during the summer.”
      We have never had that problem! But, we have never been to the Gulf Coast when sand dollars have been the most plentiful find. It really is the luck of the draw.
      Here’s a wonderful web page with some great tips: http://www.sanibel-captiva.org/sanibel-island-shelling/.
      Please come on back and share your experience with us! We’ll be waiting.
      Safe travels, Jody

  26. jnwllms said

    I am putting together a local broadcast story for KSDS, 88.3 FM on beachcombing. I am searching for information for the Pacific Beach area of San Diego at this time. Individuals may be featured on a radio broadcast of treasure hunting, metal detecting or beachcombing activities. Broadcast is scheduled for June, 2014. Please reply if you are interested.

    • Jody said

      What a fun opportunity! Unfortunately, I’m not a local. We just skip from beach to beach and enjoy our daily beach treasure finds. Pacific Beach is a real gem in San Diego’s crown! Good luck to you!

  27. Kim boyland said

    I’m in islamorada FL, leaving to go home to MO in the morning. Is there any where to find a beach with a lot of shells on my way home?

    • Jody said

      I would follow the Gulf Of Mexico. There are some wonderful shelling opportunities on Sanibel Island, in Venice, and on the Gulf islands (Honeymoon Island State park near Dunedin is well known for shelling!). Safe travels!

  28. I live in Georgia. I just returned from a two week shelling expedition on Sanibel Island, where we go each May. I would really like to plan a shelling trip to the Atlantic coast, possibly Georgia. Any recommendations of places to shell?

    • Jody said

      Cumberland Island National Seashore should be a good bet. You’ll need to read all about the ferry transportation and go prepared. The NPS website should have everything you need to know before you go. Have a wonderful time! We’d love it if you’d share any of your shelling trips with us in a guest post (Simply check our home page for submission guidelines.)! Cumberland Island National Seashore: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm

  29. Carrie W said

    I found a shell on Cayo Costa yesterday that I thought was a cats paw with a tail. I’m not really sure what it is. Can I email you some photos of it? I’d love to find out what it is.

    Thank you!
    Carrie

  30. Paul said

    Hi, how much are fees for Jack Smith Memorial. I have a small raft w engine I don’t need the launch ramp I can launch from any beach, as long as I don’t have to walk too far from my car. Thanks. Is it better than Katherine’s landing. I went there already. If there is sand and shade, and close to vehicle it would be bettter thank you. Or if you recommend anything in the vicinity.

  31. Isela said

    Can we camp out in tents @ this lake beach in New Mexico & do they have showers? What is the cost

  32. lkb77471 said

    Hello! I’m enjoying reading your articles.

    I’m planning a trip to Sugarland to visit family next week and would like to take the kiddos (6 & 11) to the beach. I would love to find one that’s good for combing, sand castles and not overrun with people. We’ll be going on a weekday.

    I’ve thought about San Luis island but I’m not sure I want to drive that far. I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you!!

  33. Donna Sargent said

    I’m trying to find out where is the best beach in Florida to find sea glass. Any suggestions?

    • Jody said

      We often find the best sea glass around the more rowdy sections of beach. Sorry to say that areas near bars and local hang outs usually provide the most litter… which often leads to tumbled sea glass. Good luck!

  34. Carol said

    I am planning a sea bean hunt trip in October. What beaches would you recommend between Galveston and Port Aransas Texas? I am looking for some place different to hunt. I have already been to St. Jose Island, Mustang Island and National Seashore.

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