Shell beach

A "shell beach" is a sea beach that routinely has an unusually large accumulation of seashells washed up on it. Seashells are most often the dead empty shells of marine mollusks, but may also include tests or shells of other kinds of marine animals.

The majority of beaches in the world are primarily composed of rock particles such as sand, grit, gravel, pebbles, etc, but in rare cases (including Shell Beach in Western Australia) a beach can be composed entirely of seashells, both broken and whole valves.

One area in the USA that is famous for its shell beaches is Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. In South Africa, the beaches of Jeffreys Bay are famous for shells, as is the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines.

Seashells North Wales 1985
Seashells of bivalves and gastropods from the shell beach at Shell Island (Wales)
Shell Beach Western Australia
A close-up of the beach at Shell Beach in Western Australia, which is composed entirely of shells and fragments of shells of the cockle species, Fragum erugatum

As a place name

The phrase "shell beach" has also become a place name for several areas which feature beaches rich in shells:

Related names include:

The phrase "shell beach" has also been used in the following contexts:

See also


  1. ^ Discover Australia website, Western Australia, Shell Beach, [1] Accessed 2014.11.21
  2. ^ Devon Guide website, Beaches, Barricane Beach, [2] Accessed 2014-11-21
Bishop pine

The bishop pine, Pinus muricata, is a pine with a very restricted range: mostly in California, including several offshore Channel Islands, and a few locations in Baja California, Mexico. It is always on or near the coast.In San Luis Obispo County it is found alone or in stands scattered on the coastal mountains and hills from Morro Bay to Shell Beach. A few stands of the tree are seen on the hills above the Sycamore Canyon Resort in Avila Beach. Within the City of San Luis Obispo, the Terrace Hill Open Space has several scattered specimens. Bishop pine seems to prefer already disturbed, unvegetated areas where it probably faces less competition from oaks and shrubs.

The common name "bishop pine" resulted from the tree having been first identified near the Mission of San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, California. This tree has a large number of common names and other prior scientific names, due primarily to numerous variant forms. Other English names that have occasionally been used are prickle cone pine, Obispo pine, Santa Cruz pine and dwarf marine pine.


Deltopia, originally known as Floatopia, is a social event that has taken place in Santa Barbara, California since 2004. Floatopia was originated in 2003 by University of California, Santa Barbara students. In early years attendance usually maxed out with 500–1,000 participants.

Participants consist primarily of college students. The title "Floatopia" describes the main activity the event is known for—floating on rafts and other home-made or store bought floating devices along the coast and partying on the beach. Floatopia has drawn college and highschool students from all over California, although it is patronized largely by students from the Santa Barbara City College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The title also references the word utopia, the state of ideal perfection. Original Floatopia activities included sand-built beer pong tables and a number of loosely organized 'floating parties,' in which beer kegs were used as central flotation devices for 'flotillas' of underage students who had originally taken to the water in order to avoid being ticketed by (terrestrial) IVFP officers.

Floatopia occurs at the start of spring quarter "along the beach and in the water in the 6500 and 6600 blocks of Del Playa Drive." In 2007, Floatopia attracted just over 300 students, in 2008 it grew to almost 1,000 people, and in 2009 it continued to grow to approximately 12,000. Floatopia 2009 was so popular amongst attendees that plans were made for a Floatopia 2 to occur in May. Furthermore, various college campuses made plans to imitate the event, such as Slotopia, which was planned at California Polytechnic State University. Floatopia also popped up as a major event in San Diego after alcohol was banned on the beaches in 2008. San Diego Floatopia, taking place in Mission Bay, had grown to attract over 10,000 in 2009. Although Floatopia attracts many party goers who enjoy the event, others point out the adverse environmental effects and legal consequences related to minors and alcohol consumption.

Hungarian metal

Hungarian metal is the heavy metal music scene of Hungary. One of the most popular and well-known band is Attila Csihar's Tormentor. Other bands include Sear Bliss, Thy Catafalque, Ektomorf, FreshFabrik, Blind Myself, The Idoru and Subscribe.

Louisiana Highway 46

Louisiana Highway 46 (LA 46) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. It runs a west to east direction for a total length of 29.5 miles (47.5 km). It is demarcated as Elysian Fields Avenue and St. Claude Avenue in the city of New Orleans and as St. Bernard Highway, Bayou Road, East Judge Perez Drive, Florissant Highway and Yscloskey Highway in St. Bernard Parish. The highway is recognized by the United States Department of Transportation as San Bernardo Scenic Byway.

Louisiana Highway 619

Louisiana Highway 619 (LA 619) was a state highway that served St. Bernard Parish. It spanned 2.2 miles (3.5 km) in a west to east direction along the shore of Lake Borgne near what is now known as Old Shell Beach.

Lucia Mar Unified School District

The Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD) is the largest school district in San Luis Obispo County, with about 10,700 students. It covers 550 square miles (1,400 km2) at the southern end of the county, from Shell Beach (at the north end of Pismo Beach) to the county line at the Santa Maria River. This territory encompasses the communities of Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Halcyon, and Nipomo.

Central Coast New Tech High School opened in 2012 with a freshman class. The school added a freshman class each year, reaching all four classes in the 2015–2016 school year. Two brand new schools have been built in Nipomo: Nipomo High School in 2002, and Dorothea Lange Elementary in 2006. A few years earlier, Lopez Continuation High School moved to a brand new campus on the Nipomo Mesa. And Arroyo Grande High School underwent a major renovation with new Career Technical Education buildings and facilities, including a new pool, tennis courts and multi-purpose room. The 'Clark Center For The Performing Arts' opened on the Arroyo Grande High School campus in 2002. It is used by all the schools in the district and the community. A new gym was built for Mesa Middle School and a multi-purpose room with covered eating area was constructed at Paulding Middle School. All of this activity could not have happened without support from the community.

Lucia Mar is proud of the quality of its schools and educational programs. Its stated mission:

"The mission of the Lucia Mar Unified School District is to engage, challenge, and inspire students through the power of learning."

National Register of Historic Places listings in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties on the National Register of Historic Places in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States. The locations of National Register properties for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a map.There are 12 properties listed on the National Register in the parish.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted July 12, 2019.

Peron Peninsula

Peron Peninsula is a long narrow peninsula located in the Shark Bay World Heritage site in Western Australia, at about 25°51' S longitude and 113°30' E latitude. It is some 130 kilometres (81 mi) long, running north-northwesterly, located east of Henri Freycinet Harbour and west of Havre Hamelin and Faure Island. It is the largest of the Shark Bay peninsulas. Significant settlements include Denham and Monkey Mia. An airport (Shark Bay Airport) is located there.

It is the location of former Pastoral leases Peron and Nanga stations.

It is the main location of land access to points within the World Heritage site. The northern area contains the Francois Peron National Park. It is surrounded by the Shark Bay Marine Park and its lower southeast part is adjacent to the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve.

The Taillefer Isthmus, the narrowest section of the peninsula, is between Nanga and Goulet Bluff - which has Shell Beach located on the eastern side which lies in the L'Haridon Bight.

The northernmost point is Cape Peron which has a namesake further south in the metropolitan Perth coastal area.

Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. The estimated population was 7,931 in 2014, up from 7,655 in the 2010 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obispo County. The "Five Cities" is actually only three cities; Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande. Oceano is a Community Service District and Shell Beach is part of Pismo Beach. (The portion of Arroyo Grande that is west of US 101, was originally a separate town called "Fair Oaks" and may have been counted in the original "Five Cities".)

Portland Island (British Columbia)

Portland Island is an island in the Southern Gulf Islands of the South Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is located west of Moresby Island and off the south tip of Saltspring Island, adjacent to the main BC Ferries route just offshore from the terminal at Swartz Bay at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula. Portland Island was given to Princess Margaret in 1958 to commemorate her visit to the province. Princess Margaret returned the island to British Columbia in 1967, after which point it became a provincial park. Today, Portland Island is a part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR).

Saint Barthélemy cuisine

Saint Barthélemy cuisine mainly revolves around French cuisine, West Indian cuisine, Creole cuisine, Italian cuisine and Asian cuisine. The island has over 70 restaurants serving many dishes and others are a significant number of gourmet restaurants; many of the finest restaurants are located in the hotels. There are also a number of snack restaurants which the French call "les snacks" or "les petits creux" which include sandwiches, pizzas and salads. West Indian cuisine, steamed vegetables with fresh fish is common; Creole dishes tend to be spicier. The island hosts gastronomic events throughout the year, with dishes such as spring roll of shrimp and bacon, fresh grilled lobster, Chinese noodle salad with coconut milk, and grilled beef fillet etc. Notable restautants include Eddy's, located opposite the Anglican church in Gustavia which serves colonial Southeast Asian cuisine, La Mandala in Gustavia serving far eastern cuisine, Le Repaire on the harbor in Gustavia serving Creole food, K'fe Massai in Centre'lOasis in Lorient inspired by French North Africa, Maya's in Saint Jean which serves French Creole cuisine, Zanzibarth in Saint Jean which serves French, Belgian and Italian cuisine and Do Brasil on Shell Beach, based on Brazilian and Thai cuisine.St. Barts is popular with wine connoisseurs and contains La Cave de Saint Bathelemy in Marigot which is reportedly one of the largest in Caribbean at around 6,000 square feet. The cellar stocks some 250,000 bottles including 300 varieties of French wine. A notable wine store Vinissimo is located on the Rue de Bord de Mer in Gustavia and stocks around 400,000 bottles of wine. Also of note is Le Gout du Vin on the Rue du Roi Oscar II in Gustavia which stocks Laurent Perrier champagnes and Bouchard Pere et Fils Burgundy wine, as well as a range of other wines including Italian, Spanish, Australian and Chilean.

Shell Beach, California

Shell Beach, California may refer to:

Shell Beach, La Jolla

Shell Beach, a neighborhood of Pismo Beach, California

Shell Beach, Guyana

Shell Beach, located on the Atlantic coast of Guyana in the Barima-Waini Region, near the Venezuelan border, is a nesting site for four of the eight sea turtle species - the Green, Hawksbill turtleill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley. Shell Beach extends for approximately 145 km.Turtles used to be slaughtered for their meat and eggs but are now part of a non-governmental conservation program called the Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS), founded by Dr. Peter Pritchard and Romeo De Freitas. Shell Beach is not formally protected, although direct and indirect conservation activities to protect the nesting sea turtles started in the 1960s, when Dr. Peter Pritchard first began annual research visits. Due to his efforts to conserve the turtles in the region, Dr. Peter Pritchard was dubbed "Hero of the Planet" by Time. Amerindians from the local communities of Almond Beach and Gwennie Beach are involved in the programme.

Shell Beach, La Jolla

Shell Beach, La Jolla is a small beach in La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California, United States. The beach is accessed via a flight of concrete steps that start at the south end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. This beach is located immediately north of Children's Pool Beach, south of Boomer Beach, and also south of La Jolla Cove.

During extreme low tides, the southern end of Shell Beach has an interesting tidepool-like area, with many marine creatures visible. Because of the presence of reef structures and rip currents that can be hazardous to scuba divers, the San Diego Council of Divers provides a "Rocks, Rips and Reefs" tour for the area. Visible to the south a short distance out from Shell Beach is Seal Rock, which often has a number of harbor seals resting on it.

Shell Beach, Louisiana

Shell Beach is an unincorporated community in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States. The community is located on the Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet Canal near Lake Borgne, 18 miles (29 km) east-southeast of Chalmette.

Fort Proctor, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located near Shell Beach.

Shell Beach (Western Australia)

Shell Beach is a beach in the Shark Bay region of Western Australia, located 45 km (28 mi) south-east of Denham.

Situated on the northeastern side of the Taillefer Isthmus along the L'Haridon Bight, the beach is covered with shells for a 60 km (37 mi) stretch to a depth of 7–10 m (23–33 ft). It is one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells.The beach was named because of the great abundance of the shells of the cockle species Fragum erugatum. The seawater in the L'Haridon Bight has a high salinity due to both the geomorphology and local climate of the area. This high salinity has allowed the cockle to proliferate unchecked, since its natural predators have not adapted well to this environment.

The shells have formed a limestone that is known as coquina. Before Shark Bay became a World Heritage Site, the coquina was mined and used for the construction of a number of buildings in Denham.

Shell Beach (band)

Shell Beach is a post-hardcore band from Budapest, Hungary. The band has released two full-length albums and an EP.

Shell Beach released their debut album Acronycal in 2007 on Edge Records. The first new recording, a song titled "The Greatest Skeptic" from their upcoming album was released online on the band's website in September 2011. Their anticipated second album This Is Desolation was released in 2012.

This Is Desolation

This Is Desolation is the second full-length studio album recorded by Shell Beach. It was released in November, 2012.


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