Myrtle Beach Kayaking Tips and Tricks

Common shells found on our Private Island Trip

Our kayak tours along Waites Island bring along the possibility of finding some of South Carolina’s finest sea shells. We time our kayak tours with the outgoing tide, ensuring the best chances of finding a wide variety of sea shells, sand dollars, and sharks teeth.

The lettered olive, the state shell of South Carolina is easily one of the most common shells found on your Myrtle Beach kayak tour. Native Americans in the area once used this two inch-long, cylindrical shell on elaborate necklaces. It is primarily chestnut in color, and gets its name from the markings along the shell’s shiny exterior that vaguely resemble letters of the alphabet.

Another common shell you may see while kayaking in Myrtle Beach is the knobbed whelk. This shell can measure up 12-inches in length, and is considered a right-handed, or “dextral” shell, meaning that if the shell is held upright, with the spire up and the opening facing the observer, then the opening is on the right side.  These shells are often confused with conch shells, however, conchs prefer tropical water over the more temperate waters along Myrtle Beach.

Kayaking in Myrtle Beach can also help you discover the giant heart cockle shell. This bivalve gets its name because when you put both halves together and look at it from the side, it resemble the human heart. These shells are common on our private island trip, and range from 1-4 inches in length.  Each half of the shell has a high arch on one side, and they are yellow-tan in color, sometimes have purple or brown bar-shaped marks.

Shelling on a kayak tour is one of the most family-friend activities to do in Myrtle Beach. We hope you join us on our search for these shells, and many others.

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