Outer Banks’ top seashell-hunting beaches littered with shells after federal shutdown

Being closed a month due to the partial government shutdown had one benefit for Cape Lookout National Seashore: Its beaches are now weighted with gloriously collectible seashells.

“The shelling is excellent right now,” said a Monday Facebook post from Cape Lookout park staff.

The national park reopened Monday and the abundance of seashells is credited to a combination of factors, including weather and lower park attendance, said B. G. Horvat of the park’s staff.

“It’s colder on the water, which makes for less folks heading over,” Horvat told the Charlotte Observer. “Also, over the months of December and January, there have already been several storms that likely carried many shells ashore with their tides, currents and winds.”

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