Seashells can be found on beaches all year round, so look for them at any time. But if you’re serious about finding the best shells to take home with you, check out pebble shores and tide pools in May and June when seaside plants are blooming. Be sure to watch your step because these same rocks may harbor sea urchins that will sting!
Can I eat a fossil?
Some fossils contain small amounts of organic material (like plant or animal matter) but most do not fall under federal guidelines as “food.” If this is important to you, then it would be best to consult a marine guide who has experience with collecting edible marine life from the shoreline. As long as there is no evidence of decomposition or other signs that the specimen might spoil soon after collection, they probably won’t make good eating companions anyway!
Where can I see live coral reefs? How do I get close enough to touch one? Can I swim in a reef aquarium?
Rising tides bring living coral colonies into view along many coastlines around the world every day—and some people travel here specifically for this purpose. The first word we need here is “coral.” Coral reefs grow off tropical islands where water temperatures remain between 26°F and 82°F year-round; therefore they depend on predictable ocean currents from which they draw their nutrients. In addition to being very colorful underwater gardens