| Are there a lot of cool seashells on the beaches in San Diego?

Are there a lot of cool seashells on the beaches in San Diego?

NONAME asked:

I have been to beaches with lots of seashells, and some with none. Does san diego have any? I love collecting them.

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3 Responses to “Are there a lot of cool seashells on the beaches in San Diego?”

  1. NAB on May 3rd, 2009 9:03 am

    It is difficult to find many of the exotic type of shells I’m assuming you’re hoping to find, in San Diego. You either have to dive the ocean depths, or you’ll see some available in stores that were harvested and sent from the Philippines. But there are seashells in many of the area beaches. Though they are your generic shells…clam shells…

    You many find some at “Shell Beach” in La Jolla Coves. There are many, as they are washed up on shore, it offers some variety, but they are small. If not just to look at shells at “Shell Beach”, I highly recommend visiting during extremely low tide at “Shell Beach”. It is quite a sight to explore and appreciate the life in the many tide pools.

    That is my most recent memory of seeing shells on the beach in San Diego, and I think maybe there are some along IB (Imperial Beach) and Coronado.

    If not just for seashell sighting, enjoy the beautiful beaches of San Diego…

  2. Maddy Jinx on May 4th, 2009 8:34 pm

    Not as many as you would find on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I used to go to FL every year when I was a kid and I just moved to SD last year and I was pretty disappointed with the washed up marine life on the beaches compared to FL. I hear places like Bird Rock in La Jolla and up near Del Mar you can find stuff like that and you can look in the tide pools in those for cool sea anemones and crabs. I have never done it, but this is what my oceanography professor here at San Diego State has told me.

    Too bad SD is full of smoke and fire right now.

  3. CK loves Chimichangas!! on May 7th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Yes - we get our seashells from novelty tourist shops. Really - this is not an exaggeration. I’m 46 and have lived in San Diego County almost my entire life. When I was a child, I remember collecting sand dollars and other types of cool shells. Now, if you find a sand dollar at all, you are lucky to find any in one piece. The beaches are pretty empty of any shells worth collecting and all you will most likely find are the fragments of little shells and the tiny crab shells. To find any shells worth collecting, you will have to go to a store, and the ironic thing about that, is that these shells have been imported from other countries usually. It is so sad.