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Odyssey Sea Glass Newsletter - Tides, Beaches, and More...
July 04, 2013

David and Lin Sea GlassHow's the weather in your neck of the woods?

Here in Western Washington, it has been sunny and warmer than usual - great weather for the beach.

However, Lin and I haven't been able to spend much time on the beach during the past week; just grabbing a few hours on the way back from visiting David's parents to visit Bowman Bay on Fidalgo Island.

It has been several years since we checked Bowman Bay, and this time around we didn't find anything exciting, basically just party glass (beer bottle and soda bottle glass).

Bowman Bay, Fidalgo Island, Washington

sea glass Bowman Bay beach
Lin and David's finds in about 45 minutes - Mostly Party Glass and Beautiful Rocks/Agates 

Lin and I have found that Bowman Bay and its neighboring beach, Rosario Beach, are completely fascinating for their beautifully tumbled rocks. You can find agates there also. We limit ourselves, though, to only one or two rocks!

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Here's what you'll find in this June 2013 edition of the Odyssey Sea Glass Newsletter.

Stay in the Loop - Be Connected - In the Know

Odyssey Sea Glass Pinterest Photos

Facebook - Sea Glass Odyssey

Odyssey's Etsy shop - Sea Glass and more...

Odyssey Sea Glass Zazzle Products - New Posters and Cards:

Sea Glass Poster - with Quote
Sea Glass - At the Beach, Life is Different Poster
Sea Glass - The Sea Casts It's Spell

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Winner of the June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

Sea Glass Photo Contest Winner May 2013
The winning photo is "Beautiful Bottle" by Tracy Winters of Greensburg, Indiana
Congratulations, Tracy!

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The Big Move - Buy Your Sea Glass by End of July

Did we tell you awhile ago that we were moving back to Peru?

Well, we had some setbacks and the time dragged on. Now, however, we have tickets out of San Francisco, CA to Lima, Peru for August 2nd.

This means....

We will not be selling sea glass after July 31st, 2013, so Buy Now!

We will, however, continue with all other activities here at OdysseySeaGlass, including our sales of other products on Zazzle, etc.

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Tides and Sea Glass

In general, low tide is the best time to find sea glass. Why?

There are various reasons:
  • In all cases, more beach is exposed at low tide.

  • In most cases, sea glass can be found distributed fairly equally between the high tide and low tide lines.

  • On some beaches, most of the good sea glass is found only at the very low tide line. An example would be Seaside, California.
Other beaches are not accessible at high tide due to rocks and cliffs.

Understanding Tides

To simplify matters, here we present tides in general terms. 

This will fit fairly closely with what you'll find at beaches near you. However, local factors such as bays, headlands, islands, etc, will affect the timing of the tides.

Tides are caused mainly by the moon.

The moon's gravity pulls the earth's water towards it. The sun (being much farther away) also has a similar but much smaller effect.

Tides and Sea Glass Beach

 At about the time when the moon is directly overhead, the higher tides occur.

(When the sun and moon both line up, the combination of their gravitational forces cause the very highest tides.)

Directly opposite the moon, on the other side of the earth, the water also bulges out to compensate, causing a secondary (antipodal) high tide each day.

The moon orbits the earth about every 24 hours and 50 minutes.

So if the highest tide today is 1:00 p.m., tomorrow it will be at about 1:50 p.m.

Since there are two bulges (sublunar and antipodal), there are two high tides per day, about 12 hours and 25 minutes apart.

Logically, there are also two low tides per day. So the time between high tide and low tide will be about 6 hours.

Planning Your Sea Glass Hunt - Tides

To make the most of a sea glass day, plan your trip when high tide is in the early morning.

You'll be able to start hunting while the tide is dropping and be able to count on a fairly clear beach for most of the day.

For example:

High tide at 6:00 a.m. Low tide will be about 12 noon and the next high tide about 6 p.m.

If you get to the beach at 7:00 a.m., you'll have a lot of beach showing until about 4 p.m.


Some beaches that appear to be safe at low tide are dangerous at high tide. This is especially true of any beach that is in front of cliffs or large rocks.

You may get stranded or worse when the tide comes in.

Always check to make sure what time high tide is so that you will not get caught by the tide coming in.

Tide charts are usually available at your local fishing supply store or bait shop.

To check tides online, go to the official NOAA site and find spot nearest your beach destination.

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Have you missed out on the new pages and blogs at Odyssey Sea Glass?

Check them out quickly and easily on our Sea Glass Blog or take a look at a selection below that you might have missed.

Happy hunting to all!

David and Lin Schneider

Did You Miss These Exciting Blogs?

Selected Pages from Odyssey and Contributors

Jun 28, 2013

Beach Finds - What Could This Be?

~ submitted by Pat in Abbotsford, BC, Canada Found on North Beach, Pt. Townsend, WA and wondered what the origin of this would be.   Has a tiny

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Jun 28, 2013

June 27, 2013 Kenosha Sea Glass Catch

~ sea glass catch photo submitted by Stacey Overley of Kenosha, Wisconsin Today's catch included my 9 yr old's first marble ever.  He also picked

Continue reading "June 27, 2013 Kenosha Sea Glass Catch"

Jun 28, 2013

Sea Glass Screw?

~ sea glass identification question submitted by Tina I found a piece of sea glass nearly identical to the one in the photo. It appears to be a screw

Continue reading "Sea Glass Screw?"

Jun 28, 2013

Sea Glass Photo Gallery

Sea Glass Photo Gallery - Submitted by our viewers and us, see these stunning photos and videos of sea glass

Continue reading "Sea Glass Photo Gallery"

Jun 28, 2013

Bonfire Bottle Neck - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Katie Olmstead in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA Where was this photo taken? ~ Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, USA Date, time of day,

Continue reading "Bonfire Bottle Neck - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest"

Jun 21, 2013

Buy Sea Glass

Excellent hand-picked sea and beach glass. Buy sea glass in bulk, color groups, matched pairs, singles, rare colors, sizes. Jewelry grade and craft grades available now!

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Jun 21, 2013

Tumbled Sea Glass

Tumbled Sea Glass - What is it? How is it made? What can I use it for? Where...

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Jun 21, 2013

Dockweiler Beach Sea Glass Report

~ submitted by Cherilyn Johnson of Lompoc, CA, USA Beach:    Dockweiler Beach near Los Angeles, CA The Sea Glass: Mainly white and

Continue reading "Dockweiler Beach Sea Glass Report"

Jun 19, 2013

Hey, Love Is Here - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Mia ~ Fish Out of Water, Fairfield, CT Where was this photo taken? Seaside Park Beach, Bridgeport, CT, USA on the Long Island Sound Not

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Jun 19, 2013

Peachy Pink Ice - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Roxanne Serpa in Peabody, Massachusetts My son found this extremely rare pink peach color seaglass in Rockport Bears skin neck. For

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Jun 18, 2013

My Favorite Piece - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Patricia Musoitc in Rhode Island This piece was found at the beach of the old Rocky Point Amusment Park, Warwick RI. The sea glass was

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Jun 18, 2013

Sea Glass Maryland - Sea Glass Visions

Sea Glass - Glen Burnie, Maryland Sea Glass Visions Catherine Kelly

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Jun 14, 2013

Port Au Port, NL - SeaglassDelights

Sea Glass - Port Au Port, Newfoundland, Canada SeaglassDelights Living on an island, has meant countless hours walking the beach,  searching 

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Jun 13, 2013

Sea Glass Jewelry Artist

~ submitted by Stacey Overley in Kenosha, Wisconsin I am very new to sea glass collecting. I took up the art of jewelry making this winter and have

Continue reading "Sea Glass Jewelry Artist"

Jun 12, 2013

Glass Fishing Float found in California?

~ June 2013 - question submitted by Al in California Glass Fishing Float in California - Date found unknown Hello all, does

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Jun 11, 2013

Headlands Beach, Ohio - Sea Glass Report

Seaside Stroll Joaquin Sorolla

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Jun 11, 2013

Can anyone help to identify this piece?

~ submitted by James,  Cape Elizabeth, ME Found on the beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It's a bottle bottom. There's a raised image

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Jun 08, 2013

Beach Pottery

Buy beach pottery, hand picked and found on beaches, much is very old but colorful!

Continue reading "Beach Pottery"

Jun 07, 2013

Sea Glass Hearts - Beach Glass Hearts

Buy natural sea glass hearts, beach glass hearts. Ideal for jewelry, arts, and craft creations.

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Jun 07, 2013

Atlantic City NJ -- Bottle with picture

~ question submitted by Laura of Philadelphia, PA I was recently on a trip to Cape May, New Jersey, and found the largest piece of sea glass that I have

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Jun 06, 2013

The Sea Giveth - June 2013 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Kris of San Diego, CA This photo was taken at Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA on May 19, 2013 at around 1 PM on a windy, sunny day. I love

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Jun 05, 2013

Cardiff State Beach

~ submitted by Kris, Encinitas, CA, USA Cardiff State Beach Near: Cardiff-by-the-Sea/Encinitas/Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA Seaglass hunting on

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