The low tides attracted Tampa evacuee Alisha Bolt, along with her daughter Addison Bolt, to the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier Monday. Bolt said with the news that their home in Tampa is safe, she thought they'd go out and take advantage of the added shoreline.

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OKALOOSA ISLAND — Hurricane Irma offered locals, tourists and evacuees a unique way to enjoy the beach Monday.

Strong northern winds by Irma created an unusually low tide, which allowed beachgoers to search for shells and treasures along shoreline normally covered by water.

"We're under low tide and have good stiff offshore wind," said Rich Huffnagle, beach safety division chief for Okaloosa County. "We're looking at a half of a foot worth of tidal outflow."

The low tides attracted Tampa evacuee Alisha Bolt, along with her daughter Addison Bolt, to the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier Monday. Bolt said with the news that their home in Tampa is safe, she thought they'd go out and take advantage of the added shoreline.

"We wanted to have some fresh air, escape the cabin fever and search for shells," said Alisha Bolt.

"I've found some pieces of sand dollars and I'm going to make something out of it," Addison Bolt added.

Treasure hunter Jesse Crook said he was also taking advantages of the weather, favorable for metal detecting, Monday.

"I'm one of those crazy people out on the beach," Crook said, dressed in his purple raincoat. "The beach is out so far and it's not raining and the hurricane is not coming. So, I thought I'd come out and do a little metal detecting."

In just a few minutes, Crook dug up and old dime covered in algae. He said he's been metal detecting since 1986 and has been successful in finding buried items in the past.

"I've found rings, necklaces, bracelets and gold," Crook said. "I'm hoping to find some more gold."

Northwest Florida State College photography student Sean Barthel, along with his two children Niamh and Ronan Barthel, chose to explore Niceville, Destin, Santa Rosa and Freeport Monday.

"She (Ronan) is collecting shells and I'm taking photos as we explore up and down the beaches today," Barthel said. "It's just an interesting day because the tides are so low."

Huffnagle said although people are welcome to enjoy the beach, he advises against going kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding or rafting.

"Our main concern is people getting blown offshore," he said.