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Thread: Taking Aruba's shells, coral and sand is not allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohair View Post
    It's a bit ironic that they sell photo frames made from shells in one of the airport shops. I wonder which countries would object to the import of such shells?
    You'll notice most of those frames come from China.

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    Taking shells or rocks from any environment is pretty bad for the eco system even taking a rock out of the water can be very dangerous for many species, so is not only shells is everything. Just make a picture of it and remember it for ever, but don't take it home
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    I used to bring back quart sized zip lock bags with small shells and coral for my SIL because she wanted them for her son's grave.

    The fines are now very hefty and needs to be paid in cash. The more you have, the larger the fine.






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    We have our fair share of small shells collected over our few trips but not any more. Never realized it was forbidden...I'm just glad to not have found out the hard way! I guess I'll reallocate the time I used to spend exploring for good finds and do something else...which really means more quality time under a palapa!
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    This is just due to the natural progression of things. Sure, when the tourism boom started some 30-40 years ago, no one was bothered with the odd tourist taking something home. Locals would do it too. Its only until a critical mass is reached that it actually becomes an issue. Nowadays in a non-pandemic year we have millions of tourists per year instead of just thousands, so the government needs to step up and enforce all the rules that previously maybe weren't paid attention to before. People often seem to forget how small Aruba is compared to the other popular destinations. The island can't afford more ecological damage.
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    One year some man remove one of those star fish from the beach to show his wife at the Palapa and they started taking pictures. This man who rented jet skis a local came over and told them off. He was ticked off! They got into a big argument. He took the star fish and put it back in the water but it didn't move so it looked like it was dead. The local accused the tourist of killing it but the tourist said it was already dead. I dunno but I would not take anything out of the water. I went on a sunset cruise and the people from Black Pearl did pick up one of those star fish out of the water to show everyone but they put it back in the water quickly and it was ok.
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    Look but don't touch! Leave nature alone.


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    Ok so I'm looking for a little guidance here, we purchased a good sized shell (small football size) from one of the kiosk vendors down town and now a little concerned about how we can get it home. How would customs distinguish a gift/souvenir from the shells that are taken from the ocean by tourists?

    Thank you in advance.


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    A dilemma for sure.
    The felon in me says wrap it with dirty laundry in your checked bag.
    The non felon says leave it in your room.
    My felonious days are gone.
    Quote Originally Posted by BostonAK View Post
    Ok so I'm looking for a little guidance here, we purchased a good sized shell (small football size) from one of the kiosk vendors down town and now a little concerned about how we can get it home. How would customs distinguish a gift/souvenir from the shells that are taken from the ocean by tourists?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    A dilemma for sure.
    The felon in me says wrap it with dirty laundry in your checked bag.
    The non felon says leave it in your room.
    My felonious days are gone.
    Lol Thanks Andrea! Now I have to try and win some bail money at the casino!


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