How do you know what is edible and what is not on the beach? Below are some photos and names of common shellfish and plants that are considered safe to consume.
Please note that there are some shellfish that are affected by Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) which affects the human nervous system including clams and cockles. It can be very dangerous to consume shellfish with PSP. PSP can only be detected through testing at a state-approved lab and cannot be cooked or cleaned out of the shellfish. If you are unsure of any shellfish, do not consume it.
Sea Urchins on Kelp
Pond Bay Sea Cucumber