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4 Seashells You Can Find on Hilton Head Island

Do you and your family like to hunt for shells when you’re on vacation to take home as a souvenir? If the answer is yes, allow us to share four seashells you can find on Hilton Head Island. Staying in one of our Hilton Head Island vacation rentals will keep your family close to the beach. Let’s look below at what four seashells you can find while you are on vacation here on Hilton Head Island.

Atlantic Jackknife Clam

razor clam shells arranged in circle on North Sea beach

The Atlantic Jackknife Clam is often known as a bamboo clam or razor clam because of its shape, and it can have sharp edges. It is found along the Atlantic Coast from Canada to our home, South Carolina. The shells are often found along the shoreline or can be found further up in the dry sand. You have found the correct shell; the color usually is a brown-green color and is flat like a shell. Just be sure to watch your step as if you step on one; it can hurt a little if you do.

Lettered Olive

The Lettered Olive has been the state shell for South Carolina since 1984 since it’s one of the shells you will find on the coast of South Carolina. It’s an easy shell to spot as it’s known for its smooth, shiny, and cylinder share, and it’s a brown color. You will find most will make beautiful jewelry with this shell since it’s such a beautiful shell that you’ll spot in the area.


Whelk shell near the Atlantic Ocean.

Another shell that you’ll find familiar on the South Carolina shoreline is Whelks. These shells many people often mistake as being conch shells. Whelks are beautiful shells, and to help identify them, you’ll find them with a spiral pattern on them but in many different sizes. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a large one, as they are still an excellent shell to add to your collection at home!

Banded Tulips

Banded Tulips is another shell that you will find along the east coast shorelines. You’ll be able to locate these shells as they have around 7 to 11 purple/brown spiral lines along with 5-6 maroon spiral lines. Banded Tulips are also smooth shells around 2 ½ – 3 inches long and would make a great addition to your shell collection at home.

There are many other shells that you can find along the shoreline of Hilton Head Island, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our Hilton Head Island vacation rentals, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see your shell collection on your next vacation to the island.