Shells that are native to colder waters generally wash ashore along the north facing beaches, those above Cape Point. Shells that are native to warmer waters, those from North Carolina to Florida, can wash ashore along the south facing beaches from the Point to the tip of Hatteras.
A good technique to follow when shelling is to begin your hunt either side of low tide. You want to scout out beaches with shallow shorelines, those south of the Point. The waves in these areas are small and they do not break on the shore with the same force as the large ones. Shells have a better chance to wash up undamaged. These areas are better known to bring ashore more delicate shells such as the Scotch Bonnet. Another good time to shell hunt is right after a storm.
Now that you have a few tips, it's time to shell!
Types of Sea Shells
As mentioned, with the variety of water currents that hit our shores there are so many different types of sea shells that wash up. Below is the OBR Guide to Seas Shells of the Outer Banks!