50 Shell Puns That’ll Make You Happy as a Clam

Natalie Grant (with child sleeping)
Written by Natalie Grant Updated on October 11th, 2023

Come out of your shell and have a giggle with these 50 shell puns. Shells are mysterious things that hide a variety of creatures within. We love collecting and finding shells and using them in art or design projects.

Like the shell, jokes or puns are also a mystery.  We try to figure out what the punchline may be and admire the really shell-arious joke writers.

So here we have contained some shell puns for you to laugh at and have some fun. So go ahead as the world is your oyster!

  1. What do you call a turtle with a smartphone? A shell-phone user.
  2. The oyster was feeling upset and it clammed up.
  3. I accidentally stepped on a snail, and it didn’t even say anything. I was just shell-shocked.
  4. Crabs love social media. Have you seen their shell-fies?
  5. What do you call a group of turtles that like to party? A shell-abration.
  6. Why did the lobster refuse to share its home? It was shellfish.
  7. What do you call a snail that’s always in a hurry? A shell-ter skelter.
  8. The clam was feeling extra happy today because it found its shell-mate.
  9. What do you call a girl clam? Mi-shell.
  10. The police were called out to the crab party. There was a shell of a noise.
  11. What do you call a turtle that flies? A shell-icopter!
  12. Why did the turtle go to the gym? To get a shell of a workout.
  13. You mussel be joking if you don’t think shell puns are funny.
  14. I think shell puns are just snail-bitingly funny.
  15. If you don’t like shell puns, we can just clam up.
  16. I’m trying to come up with a good shell pun, but I’m drawing a conch-clusion.
  17. If you want to hear a good shell pun, just give me a shingle.
  18. I’m not trying to shell out compliments, but your puns are pretty good.
  19. Why did the lobster blush? Because the sea weed.
  20. Where do hermit crabs go when they’re homeless? In a shell-ter.
  21. What did the conch say when it got a compliment? “Oh, shucks!”
  22. What do you call a snail on a ship? A snailor!
  23. Why don’t shells tell jokes? Because they’re afraid they’ll clam up.
  24. What did the shell say to the beach ball? “Can I borrow your air, I need to inflate my shellf-esteem!”
  25. Who’s that famous clam writer? Mary Shell-ey.
  26. Where can I go to get some advice? An oyster has pearls of wisdom. 
  27. I’m into deep sea politics, do you know who I could speak to? Yes, the coin-shell-or.
  28. Why did the shell try to become a comedian? Because he wanted to shell out some laughs!
  29. What do you get when you cross a turtle with a giraffe? A turtle-neck.
  30. Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the Shell station.
  31. What did the sea say to the shell? “You’re looking very shell-e-gant today!”
  32. Why did the shell refuse to take a selfie? It didn’t want to shell-out for a new camera.
  33. Who sings Rocketman? Shell-ton John.
  34. What do you call a turtle that uses a shell as a guitar? A shell-ebrity.
  35. Why did the oyster start its own business? It wanted to be shell-f-employed.
  36. What did one shell say to the other shell during a race? “I shell beat you to the finish line!”
  37. Why did the snail have a hard time making friends? It was too shell-f-conscious.
  38. What do you call a shell that looks amazing? Clam-orous.
  39. Why do sharks love to eat clams? Because they’re shell-t in the mouth delicious.
  40. How do you make a turtle float? Put a scoop of ice cream in its shell and top it off with root beer.
  41. I don’t always tell shell puns, but when I do, I make sure they’re shell-arious.
  42. Why did the hermit crab change its shell? It wanted to upgrade to a shell-tacular one.
  43. What do you call crab’s friends? Shell-mates.
  44. Why do shells make bad comedians? They always clam up.
  45. What do you call a shell that’s musical? A shell-ist.
  46. Shells don’t like to go out in the rain as they get clammy.
  47. Why did the clam join the choir? Because they sang c-oral music.
  48. Where do turtles go to buy a new shell? At the sh-urtle store.
  49. Did you hear Mr Shell is the gang leader? He really is a hard nut.
  50. Why did the snail paint an “S” on his car? So he could speed past the shells and say, “Look at me, I’m Escar-gone!”
Natalie Grant (with child sleeping)
Written by Natalie Grant Updated on October 11th, 2023