Whether you’re strolling along the natural shores of St. Joseph Bay, taking a much needed walk on our pristine beaches or exploring the wonders of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, you will surely be amazed at the treasures you’ll find as you comb Gulf County’s unique shorelines. From beautiful driftwoods carved uniquely by nature, to the vast variety of bi-valves, urchins and mollusk shells, you’ll never come back empty handed. Shelling is 365 days a year in Gulf County and is influenced by the tides, the weather and the seasonal fish.

Tap into your creative side to find ways to display your treasures! Follow us on Pinterest for fun tips and tell us what you like to do with your shells. Next time you find that HUGE Florida Horse Conch with it’s beautiful bright colors, take a “Shellfie” for Instagram and don’t forget to tag it with #GCFLNoFilter.

Download our printable shelling guide to take on your beach combing adventures!

Local Shelling Guide
Olive Shell
Sunray Venus
Scotch Bonnet
Giant Heart Cockle
Calico Scallop
Sharkeye Moon
Keyhole Sand Dollar
Tulip Shell
Atlantic Coquina
Florida Fighting Conch
Lightening Whelk
Urchin Shell
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