We Know Outer Banks Seafood!
Whalebone Seafood Market, located on the bypass in Nags Head, is your source for the freshest locally caught seafood in the area. Because we've been in the fish selling business for decades, we have direct contact with the local fishermen (some of whom are cousins!). That means that we're at the docks everyday getting the pick of the best Outer Banks seafood to bring to our customers. When you buy from us, we guarantee it's the freshest Outer Banks seafood you can get anywhere.
The Art of Fishing Cleaning
Tom Daniels, the owner, took over Whalebone Seafood Market from his parents, who started the business in 1985. Growing up on the Outer Banks and being from a family with deep roots in the fishing industry, he has honed his fish cleaning and processing skills that were taught to him by his grandfather and father. He personally chooses and cleans every fish that's sold in the market each morning. A skilled fish cleaner knows how to clean each species correctly, and what that means to the end product is notable.
What Seafood Do We Sell?
Since we buy from the docks every morning, the majority of the products we feature are what's just been caught in our surrounding waters. The Outer Banks seafood you'll see is tuna, mahi, trout, flounder, swordfish, drum, spot, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and more in addition to crabs, shrimp, clams and oysters. But we know that seafood lovers are also fans of products that aren't caught locally, such as lobster, mussels, crab legs and salmon, so we have those in the cases too.
Other Products In the Shop
We also carry items that go along with your seafood feast: sauces, boils, breading, spices, corn, potatoes, onions and lemons, skewers and crackers, charcoal, foil and coolers. Our prepared crab and shrimp dips are popular, and we're known for our steamed shrimp by the pound. If you need dessert, we prepare mini pies fresh every day. Don't leave without a souvenir koozie or t-shirt!
We're known for our steamer pots, and once you try one, you'll be hooked. We offer six that are standard, or you can create you own in any combination you wish with shrimp, scallops, clams, snow crab clusters, tuna, lobster tail, gator sausage, potatoes, sweet corn, onions and our own special seafood seasoning. Call by 3 p.m. to have yours reserved! And don't forget the sides – corn bread, slaw, potato salad, crab dip, extra horseradish, butter and Key lime pie! You can also order a bucket of sweet corn, steamed and spiced.