Did you know that there is a beach that is made up of billions of tiny shells up to 10 meters deep and stretching over 70 kilometers? No sand, only shells. The shells are all Shark Bay cockles, which makes the beach truly unique.

Amazing, right?

Only a short 45-kilometer drive southeast of Denham on Australia’s western coast located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay is Shell Beach. The 70 miles that make up this beach are covered in cockle shells making it one of the most unique beaches in the world.
What is most amazing about Shell Beach is that the shells that cover it are all from the Fragum cockle. The bay’s climate and a seagrass bank that blocks tidal flow means the water is twice as high in salinity. This, in turn, means that the Fragum cockle faces no real natural predators and so thrives in abundance.
The result is deposits of shells that in some parts are 10 meters deep and water, that like the dead sea, is particularly buoyant.



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