We've been wanting to buy shells from the vendor walks the beach selling shells.
Are these shells free of their inhabitants?
Has anyone had experience getting them through customs? I'd imagine they really show up if they're packed in the checked luggage, and don't know if they'd be allowed through customs - aren't they considered some kind of "sea life" or something??
We always mean to buy shells, but somehow never manage to get it together, and want to be sure to do so when we return.
Thanks in advance for any feedback from anyone who has successfully (or maybe not-so-successfully) brought these home....
we bought 2 shells, he said they were clean and free of their inhabitants, but after a few days it REALLY started to smell and "leak" green fluid... YUK! There was a little hermit crab still inside one of them we cleaned it out and then it was fine. No problem bringing them home
The shell guy - Danny, I think his name is - sells seashells by the seashore.. couldn't resist...
Anyway, he sells shells that are cleaned because that's what he eats. We brought some back without any problem, but we did say that we had it packed. No problems.