Identification of Florida Shells

Identification of Florida Shells
Beachcombing for shells offers a great way to relax, enjoy the sun and listen to the pounding waves. Viewing pictorial guides makes identification easy once you know about a few of the more common shells.

Sand Dollars

These distinctive-looking shells form round, flat disks a few inches wide. When alive, the shells look brown, but the sun quickly beaches them to the white color found on the beach.



Featuring a fan-like shape on a rectangular base, these common shells may be found on most Florida beaches. Scallops come in shades of pink, brown and orange with most reaching several inches in width.


Another common shell, the cockle may be found on just about any beach. This rather nondescript shell is identified by its one-color, creamy-colored shell on both the top and bottom.

Angel Wings

Most beachcombers find a half of a pair of this shell resembling angel wings. These shells reach up to six inches in height.


These medium to large, thick shells feature a conical spire. The showy shells are often found near the Florida Keys.



Article Written By Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.

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