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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:26PM

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florida fauna • josh olive

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Although my favorite outdoor recreation is fishing, I love to be outside and enjoy all sorts of activities. One that I wish I had more time for is beachcombing. There’s just something a tiny bit magical about finding nature’s works of art sitting on the open sand. Anyone could have walked by and picked it up — but no one did. It’s mine for the claiming.

While most beachcombers hunt for seashells, there are several “specialties” that you can indulge. Some folks like to collect driftwood; others focus on wave-worn bits of glass (which are more common on the Atlantic coast). There are the guys who carry metal detectors, which they use to find such treasures as bottlecaps and lost nickels. Then there’s my wife, for whom no trip to the shore is complete until she’s found at least one shark tooth.

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