Beaches are a treasure trove for collectors of beautiful seashells. As you walk the beach, the two best places to search for shells are the "surf line" or "trash line".
Surf Line - this is the small lip of sand formed where the waves have broken.
Trash Line - this is the high-tide line where seaweed, moss and shells are deposited.
The best time to look for rare, treasured shells is a few days after a storm.
Here are some of the most common shells:
New England Whelk
Northern Moon Snail
Atlantic Slipper Shell
Northern Quahog (Rhode Island state shell)
Atlantic Surf Clam
Dwarf Surf Clam
False Angel Wing
Soft shell Clam
Here are some of the Rare Treasures
(Most of these are found in deep water)
Atlantic Deep Sea Scallop
American Pelican's Foot
New England Neptune (Massachusetts state shell)
Northern Ridged Margarite