Slit Shell collected 100 fathoms down in waters off the British West Indies is valued at $1000. Another undersea treasure, the Glory-Of-The-Seas, was first found in 1771 and one time would bring the conchologist $1500. The greatest rarities, however, are truly valueless and are not for sale.
. . .And there it is, the fascinating hobby of shell collecting. It's a lot of work--but a lot of fun, too.
Take a SIEVE. Or an orange sack. Besides carrying your shells, it may help you catch them. A few pint BOTTLES will hold delicate ones.
MASK (or goggles) is essential for looking underwater. Bathing suit or old clothes, of course. High shoes (or sneakers)--never go barefooted! Heavy cloth GLOVES. Watch out for sunburn!
GIG or fish spear (if you're going South) to keep pesky crabs, sea urchins off. CLAM DIGGING HOE or trowel for burrowing shells.
VINEGAR for first aid, in case you're stuck by urchin's spines.
CHISEL and HAMMER to get the clingers, spatula for frail limpe