Well, you may be too young to remember all this, but decades ago, the shells on the beach were much more prevalent and they were quite a bit bigger as well. Let’s say you live by the beach and you take walks each day – well, perhaps by now you’ve started a little shell collection, but you have probably noticed that you have fewer shells and more rocks these days. The reason is simple, those cool multi-colored rocks are quite common, but most of the shells have been removed and the larger ones just are not around much anymore – plus there are more people out treasure hunting, so even if there were more, your chances have been significantly reduced.
Now then, let’s say you want to find more shells and not come home empty handed with more colored rocks, if so what should you do about that? Well, you need to understand a little more about tidal action, currents, and high and low tides. You also need to consider where those rip-tides are which take things back out again, and where the greatest point of debris gets washed ashore. Since the beach is vast and the landscape ever slightly changing, you might want to get a GPS system and start documenting where you found the best sea shells, sand dollars or multi-colored rocks, then as time goes on slightly adjust these coordinates to allow for what you’ve found.
If you do this, you will easily outperform your fellow beach combers all vying for the best find of the week. Using simple tools like this can immediately change your positive success rates and ratios in finding the best stuff. A computer scientist acquaintance of mine has done just this, and he has shown me his charts of the sea shore. He uses a very sophisticated mathematical formula and a derivative equational approach to it. He did explain however that the key was not just in the data, but the tools of the trade – his trusty Garmin GPS portable system with long-lasting batteries.
He has switched from metal detecting gear to sea shell hunting, albeit using the same general strategies with his GPS unit and mathematic probability schemes. He assures me that you hardly need to be a computer scientist nerd (self-proclaimed) like him to win the game when it comes to finding the best shells. This simple methodology and GPS technology will get it done every time, even if you are completely computer illiterate on odd-even days. Please consider all this and think on it.