I brought them back to our condo and cleaned them up for the trip home. I love decorating my home and front & back yards with various seashells since I do a coastal theme. I would rather find our own shells than buy them as they mean more to me that way!
|Whelk Shells found in Wildwood|
In our opinion, late April through the middle of June is the best time to find seashells on the beach. Sometimes you will have to dig in wet sand to find them or wade out into the surf to grab them as they wash in. Another great time to find them is right after a big coastal storm hits the coast.
When you go shelling, please do NOT bring plastic grocery bags! Bring old mesh laundry bags, old pillowcases or other types of fabric/mesh bags to hold your goodies. If you find an occupied shell (with living animal still inside) please put it back! Only collect the non-occupied shells or seashells that the animal is deceased. This helps to preserve life and the eco-system of our beautiful planet.
Once you are home...wash and clean them again! You can bleach them white (solution of 20% bleach mixed with water, spray onto your shells and sun-dry) or leave them natural. If you want to keep them beautiful...display them in your home to protect them from weather elements which can destroy them over time if left outdoors.
If you want specific step-by-step instructions on how to clean whelk, conch shells and/or how to preserve sand dollars and star fish...you can find those directions HERE on my blog too!