We went to Shackleford two ways, kayaked from Cape Lookout Lighthouse area ( we were camping on South Core) and explored that end of the island. Then later in the trip, we took Island Ferry Adventures from Beauford over to the other end of Shack. Found different shells at each end - I am told the island is about 8 miles long. I don't know the "usual" distribution of shells - if one area is "better" than another. Keep your eyes out for good miniatures, esp. Babies Ears and tiny pink scallops. I was amazed at how wonderful the water color is here, compaired to where we usually go, around Cape Hatteras. We stayed 2 hours, would like to have stayed longer but were leaving the area. No cover, so bring sunscreen, a hat, or an umbrella if you fry easily! Also, keep tabs on the weather, as other people have pointed out. Island is free, but you have to pay a ferry if you don't have a boat.
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