Shells of North Carolina

A guide to shelling our Carolina coast

Wherever you find yourself on the NC coast, there is rarely a bad day for shell hunting, and unusual specimens never cease to fascinate those who investigate and appreciate their finds.

Shells of many varieties wash up on our beaches due to the tides and waves. But what are these treasures, exactly? Identify them with this guide. Tap on a shell below to learn more .

Wherever you find yourself on the NC coast, there is rarely a bad day for shell hunting, and unusual specimens never cease to fascinate those who investigate and appreciate their finds.

Shells of many varieties wash up on our beaches due to the tides and waves. But what are these treasures, exactly? Identify them with this guide. Click on a shell on the left to learn more.

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Olive Shells

Top Spots for NC Beachcombers

Any section of beach along our state's 300 miles of coastline can yield a prize, but where can you find the most beautiful shells? Discover the best spots for the most ardent of beachcombers.

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