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Seashells and Other Things from Assateague Beach

Winter is the best season to look for shells along Assateague Beach, especially after a northeaster has sent waves up to the foot of the dunes. It is then that you may even find live knobbed and lightning whelks. The National Park Service limits the number of unoccupied shells collected on the Assateague beach to one gallon per visit and does not allow shells to be used for commercial purposes. We've included photos and information on some of the most frequently found shells and sea-life remains on Assateague.

(Please note that pets
are not allowed
on the Chincoteague Refuge
- not even in vehicles)

Shells Often Found on Assateague Beach

notes
Clam, Scallop, Oyster
Anatomy
1
Northern Quahog
2
Stout Razor Clam
3
Atlantic Jackknife Clam
4
Ponderous Ark
5
Angel Wing
6
Atlantic Bay Scallop
7
Eastern Oyster Shell
8
Jingle Shells
9
Atlantic Moon Shell
10
Lightning Whelk
11
Knobbed Whelk
12
Channeled Whelk
13
Slipper Shells

Other Things Often Washed Ashore
on Assateague Beach

1
Skate Egg Case
2
Whelk Egg Capsules
3
Horseshoe Crab
4
Spider Crab
5
Keyhole Sand Dollar
6
Moon Jellyfish
7
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