On your next trip to the beach you can make it a memorable one by taking a small part of the beach home with you. Beachcombing is an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, from small children to a retired couple on their second honeymoon. The whole family can participate in looking for beach treasures, even the smallest toddler.
There are many types of treasures that beachcombers can look for, both man made and those created by Mother Nature herself. Here are some fun ones, from the common, to the rare and unusual.
Agates are a beautiful rare treasure to find. These rocks are much sought after by serious beachcombers. The most precious are the hollow ones where crystals have formed on the inside. There are other varieties if agates that are striped or marbled-looking that are beautiful as well.
Lucky beachcombers have been known to find fossil shark teeth and even fossilized mammoth teeth. All types of fossils can be found on beaches, as waves can rip up sediment from the seabed and carry them up on shore. Fossilized shells, ammonites, vertebrates, dinosaur bones and teeth, and even their fossilized footprints have been found. Fossilized plants, like ferns, wood and tree bark have washed up on beaches as well.
Possibly the best of all beachcombing treasures, blown glass floats are becoming rarer and harder to find. In pretty shades of blues and greens, these floats were used by Japanese fishermen for floating their fishing nets. They are no longer being made, since they use plastic floats now. Blown glass floats can be anywhere from a couple inches to a couple of feet in diameter.
Bits of broken glass that have been scoured by waves, sand, and the wind, weathered into smooth and sometimes beautiful, unusual shapes. Also called sea glass, these treasures are a mixture of man made and natural beauty. Beach glass is abundant, and often made into jewelry and other pieces of art. Crafters and decorators love using beach glass, and fish owners sometimes use the pieces as a beautiful addition to the pebbles in aquariums.
Shells and Driftwood
I can’t forget shells when writing about beachcombing! Different beaches produce different types of shells. The lucky beachcomber will find whole, unbroken shells to bring home from their trip to the beach. Driftwood, branches of wood sculpted and shaped by the sea and sand, can provide the beachcomber with a beautiful decoration for their home or yard, or a nice addition to their aquarium or lizard cage.