Shelling Resources

In no order other than the order we list them, here are some great shelling resources.

Everyone traveling through the Caribbean needs a copy of Beachcomber’s Field Guide for the Tropical Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, available from Seahawk Press at This plastic card, roughly 9.5″ x 6.25″, has around 70 of the most commonly found shells displayed, including a whelk in both adult and juvenile form, several Coquina clams in assorted colors, the Flamingo Tongue, and, obviously, the Triton’s Trumpet.  As you can see from the featured image on this page, the color and clarity of this guide is quiet sufficient to accurately ID the shells you find, or at least help you to narrow them down so you can dig further into your books on the subject.  Extremely convenient and lightweight.  We’ve only displayed one side of the guide because we want you to support the folks at Seahawk Press and buy a copy, don’t just look at our reference photo.   The image below is for your edification, not to help you dodge your responsibility to support small businesses which make unusual and valuable tools.  Furthermore if you’re taking kids to the islands, this is the sort of small, but exciting, appetite whetting, gift that can help to get them wound up for the trip and which will then benefit the entire family as you explore the island coasts.  It’s so much easier to rouse a kid at dawn for a beach walk if they know there is a real chance of finding natural treasures like the seashells pictured on their copy of the Beachcomber’s Field Guide.

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So, I wanted to check up on Queen Helmet shells because we have a nice specimen in our family collection that was harvested by my great grandparents when they lived on Sanibel Island.  The first website that came up when I searched for “Queen Helmet” was Pam Rambo’s blog, and Pam is based out of Sanibel.


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