Shelling on Tybee

Posted By Lisa Loyd / October 21, 2015 / / 6 Comments

Searching Tybee’s Shores

Fall is the best time to go shelling on Tybee. The summer crowds have left the beach, leaving a wide swath of sand to explore. While there’s no set method to finding shells, there are certain times when you are more likely to find treasures than others.   Going in the early morning allows beach combers to get the jump on others and after a full moon has also always proven to be fruitful as well. I always like to do my hunting at low tide or when the tide is going out and if there is a big storm on the beach, you can be sure I’ll be out there when it is over just seeing what washed ashore.

Here’s a little list of some of the shells and other creatures you are likely to find.

When collecting all these beauties from the deep, please keep in mind, that if it is still alive or has someone living in it–give it a toss back into the ocean or just leave it be. We strive to protect the marine life here on Tybee! 🙂 Also, beachcombing presents the opportunity to pick up glass, plastic, or other litter that has been left behind. To me, living by the ocean is such a gift so let’s all do our part to preserve this coastal habitat for ourselves and the future generations to come.



  • liv steg
    November 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    what is the name of the shell that when you break it, it turns into a sparkly glitterish substance? i was there recently on a school trip and our tour guide mentioned the name of the shell and gave us a demonstration but i forgot it.

  • Vickie Wilson
    May 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Visiting tybee island starting 21st of may, when is best time to find shells and where? North end of island or lower island? Is there sea glass there? Tia, for any advice.

    • Charissa
      May 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Vickie, we do not have sea glass but we have plenty of shells. North Beach at low tide is a great place to go.

  • American Geode
    February 27, 2016 at 7:12 am

    We continue to hunt for prehistoric shark teeth. Would like to talk to anyone who finds them for an interview about their collection.

    • Edward Halperin
      October 24, 2016 at 8:56 am

      I found my very first one yesterday. Started looking fairly deliberately about 2 years ago. I live in Savannah and make it to the beach fairly regularly. Over the past three days I spent around 10 hours searching intensely. Until I finally flipped over the right piece of what I assumed was going to be another rejection. OMG if this isn’t a damn tooth I’m never coming back! …..yes, victory.

  • Lori Foster
    December 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    This year, 2015 at the end of October and early November we found all of those but the sharks tooth and sand dollar. There were hundreds of star fish during our stay and someone caught a stingray off the pier too. It was a magical visit.

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