On Tybee Island, the removal of live animals is prohibited. Beachcombing is a beloved hobby for all ages that introduces us to the treasures of the sea. While curiosity moves us to explore wildlife, we must also be mindful of the live animals that share our beach.
Under city ordinance Sec. 12-1 (a)(17), it is unlawful to remove live sand dollars, sea stars, snails, and hermit crabs. Regulated animals specified by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are permitted for removal with a valid fishing license.
By practicing responsible beachcombing, future generations can enjoy the thrill of the discovery while ensuring stable populations and balanced food webs. Be respectful of occupied shells as they are homes to these creatures.