Have you ever gone to the beach, with bucket in hand, hoping to find treasures along the seashore? If so, then you have been beachcombing!
Many of the currents that flow through the Gulf of Mexico bring endless curiosities onto the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. Some items include seashells, sea beans (drift seeds), driftwood, lumber, plastics, and things that have been lost or discarded by seagoing vessels and other marine activities.
The best time to go beachcombing is right after a storm passes through.
Natural and cultural resources are protected at the National Seashore, but you are allowed to keep up to a five-gallon bucket filled with treasures that you find. If an animal is still living in its shell, please put it back where you found it because every living thing plays an important role in its ecosystem.
Also, if you find any animal parts that belong to an endangered species (Ex., sea turtle shell), please report it to a park ranger. You should also let park rangers know if you find any historic artifacts (Ex., concretions, arrowheads, etc.).
Did You Know?
The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...