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These Spectacular Beaches Are Covered With Millions Of Seashells

Mayukh Bari06 June 2020 6:50PM IST
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Nature is mysterious in many ways. Many places are there yet to discover and unknown to most of the world. Shell beaches are definitely something you may never hear of.

These beaches, as the name suggests, are full of millions of shells. This great abundance of shells will definitely make you astonished and of course, you can book your next vacation trip to these awesome places.

#1. Shell Beach, Western Australia

This beach is located in the Shark Bay region of Western Australia. The beach is covered with shells for a 60 km (37 mi) stretch to a depth of 7 - 10 m (23 - 33 ft). Due to extreme saline water and local climate of the area when a mollusc dies on the beach there is no natural predator to take them away. So for thousands of years shells are collected on the shore.

#2. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

Sanibel Island attracts visitors from all around the world because of the large quantities of seashells. Sanibel is a barrier island which has an east-west orientation when most islands are north-south. Sanibel's south end acts like a shovel scooping up all the seashells that the Gulf imports from The Caribbean and other southern seas.

#3. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay is famous, nonetheless, for abundant seashells, great seafood and calamari. The town's Shell Museum houses more than 600 shells species from all of the worlds - makes it one of the largest shell collections and attracts shell fanatics from all over the globe. It is also one of the best places for surfing.

#4. Shell Beach, Saint Barthelemy

This Caribbean island is commonly known as St. Barts. Many visitors and cruise passengers head over to inspect the bounty of shells washed up over the coastline. This beach is a bevy of unique shells and conchs that are constantly changing and evolving the shoreline.

#5. Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

It is a popular destination for tourists. The north end of the beach is filled with millions of shells that have been slowly rolled and smoothed by the lapping waves. As you make your way farther down the beach away from the land, you'll find the shells slowly turning into powdery soft white sand.

Is there any use of those seashells?

Yes of course. The shells have formed a limestone structure and for many years local people used to mine those. But lately, most of the sites became a World Heritage Site. Thus public mining is illegal and prohibited in these places. Though companies with special licence mine some for providing calcium for many industries.