Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Finding Nature's Treasures; Go Hunting for Shells in Rock Pools

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Finding Nature's Treasures; Go Hunting for Shells in Rock Pools

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Byline: Janine hill

WHAT kid doesn't like a good treasure hunt?

Collecting shells from the beach is about finding the treasures that nature has provided to those who are prepared to look.

Teena Daymond, of Maroochydore, has collected shells for more than 40 years and still visits the beach regularly to see what she can add to her collection.

Mrs Daymond started collecting by accident.

"We came up here and bought a trawler," she said.

"The nets were different in those days. Now you don't get the bycatch.

"But when they were trawling for prawns, they'd get shells.

"In those days, a trawler could pull up a bailer (a large oval sea snail shell)."

Mrs Daymond said the Sunshine Coast was not a great place for shell hunting but there were still treasures to be had.

"The beaches up here on the Sunshine Coast are not good for shell collecting. It's mainly if you want to sniff around the headlands and in the rock pools that you'll find the odd pieces of shell," Mrs Daymond said. …

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