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Sea glass images courtesy of
between 61
Street and 81
Street on the Seawall, where the
beach was restored in 2015.
Shark vertebra fossils are also a good find. They also absorb
sediment while fossilizing and are predominately grayish to
black in color. They are generally about one-inch diameter
round discs, a quarter inch thick on the outside and thinner
toward the center. They can be larger or smaller depending on
the size of the shark. They resemble a large coat button. Look
for them in the same place as shark teeth or closer to the back
shore in the large shell hash.
Sea Glass
Sea Glass is found in the same areas as shark teeth, in the shell
hash. So while you are in there looking for shark teeth make
sure to look for the small, frosted pieces of glass. Good sea glass
will be completely frosted, nearly opaque, and have no sharp or
jagged edges. When a piece like this is located, rest assured it is
quite old as it takes longer for sea glass to become conditioned
on Galveston beaches because the sand is very fine.
The most advantageous recipe for sea glass is very coarse
sand and lots of broken glass in an area of rough water to
naturally agitate it and sand it down. However, Galveston does
have certain locations that produce nice pieces. One area is
the beach by Woody’s along FM 3005, just after the Seawall
ends. Back in the 1950s a bar on the beach burned down, and
in addition to sea glass other fun finds from this area include
Coke, Pepsi, and liquor bottles from the 50s and 60s.
Another premium location for sea glass is along the beaches
on the East End of the Island that lead to the Houston Ship
Channel, but in truth, the possibility of finding sea glass is there
for any Galveston beach, thanks to a one hundred and fifty year
history of hurricanes that has demolished homes and strewn an
innumerable amount of debris (including glass) out into
the Gulf.
The most common colors to find are white, from clear glass,
as well as varying shades of green and brown. These color of
course coincide with the colors of beer and wine bottles that
have been tossed out or left on the beach to be washed out to
sea. But they are by no means the only colors to be found, and
they can represent any facet of the entire color spectrum.
Cobalt blue and turquoise can be found in small quantities, but
the rarest colors are orange, yellow, red, and purple since few
bottles were manufactured in those colors. A nice frosted piece
of glass in any of those colors represents the most valuable of
beachcombing bounty, but besides color, any identifying marks
on the glass that can help tell the age of the bottle can also set
it apart. The size and anything that adds interest to the piece
will add value to it.
Sea glass can easily make its way into your home or your
wardrobe, as it is often used in the crafting of handmade jewelry,
or assembled like a mosaic into a work of art. It is also beautiful
all by itself, and can be displayed simply in a glass jar or vase.
Share Your Beachcombing Finds
What fascinating things have you found while beachcombing? Share your finds with Galveston Monthly and we will feature our
favorites in the upcoming July and August 2017 issues and on our Facebook page. Send in your high-resolution images (300 DPI) to Make sure you include your name, a brief description of the item and where you found it.
assorted Sea Glass
assorted Sea Glass
shark vertebra
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