Boom Shellalaka! It was so stinkin fun to see this spectacsheller empty HORSE CONCH wash up with the tide… but to actually film the whole thing on video so you can see exactly what I experienced? A-mazing! It was like an out of body experience to know I would be able to relive it again too.
I told y’all the story about my fab find on my last post (CLICK HERE) but it took a while to get the video downloaded … But with pershellverance, its up and running. I know, I know… its long (over 6 minutes) but I didn’t edit anything or make it shorter so you could see all the other cool stuff that washed up … And… to show you that if I didn’t take a minute to enjoy watching the birds, I would have missed it entirely! Thank you for being so adorable, Ms. WILLET and Mr RING-BILLED GULL, you lead me to my prize find.
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Shellzam! This HORSE CONCH rolled up on the beach right in front of me!
As the evening tide was coming in at Gulfside City Park Beach, it was bringing oodles of PENS SHELLS, SEA URCHINS and STARFISH…
So many other cool things wash up too like yellow SEA WHIPS, DONINIAS and BONES from CRAB TRAPS. When we have high west winds, the water gets so rough that CRAB TRAPS get tossed around so hard the BONES that are left over from the bait (mostly PIGS FEET) end up falling out then wash ashore.
The Gulf Of Mexico is so powerful, even when the wind dies down the currents still have enough power to wash large live HORSE CONCHS on the beach. Clark and I saw about 6 live HORSE CONCHS wash up on to the beach. We tried to walk them out in the water far enough to not wash up again but all we can do is keep our fingers crossed they stayed there.
And then… there are magical times when one of these big, beautiful shells rolls up on the beach completely empty like this one found by Lynn from Missouri. Spectacsheller!
You want to know the most amazing thing? I filmed my find on video so you get to see it too…. hopefully soon. I was filming all of the cool BEACH BLING on my iPhone but didn’t realize that I had been videoing for 6 minutes and 40 seconds. I’ve had the hardest time downloading a video thats so long- Ack! So… as Im writing, it still has 329 minutes remaining to download. OMG Ive already been trying for a day now! So I will show you this awesome unedited video in my next post just so you can see everything single thing I saw on my beach walk and see how I found my HORSE CONCH. Its so cool!
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So until then… enjoy the gorgeous sunset we saw as we walked back to the car carrying my exshellent treasure.
It’s always exciting to see what Mother Nature has in store for us on the beach when the Gulf Of Mexico is stirring with choppy seas from high winds.
At the water’s edge at Blind Pass Sanibel yesterday morning, there were lots of shells rolling back and forth in the surf … but you had to be fast to grab them! There were quite a few live shells, so we had to be very careful to inspect each one but here are a few of the empties I found…
Then Clark and I went to Lighthouse Beach later in the day…
As hundreds of DOSINIA shells lined the beach, most folks were mesmerized by the family of DOLPHINS feeding close to the shoreline.
I watched the cuteness for a few minutes as well but couldn’t keep from eyes from wandering among the shells and bling.
There were little surprises washing up at this beach too.
It was a fun girls getaway to Sanibel weekend for Kelly (CO), Katie (MN), Amy (MN), Cyndi (Ft Lauderdale, FL) to celebrate Maria’s (MN) birthday… and to find those shell treasures washing up on the beach.
Cousins Helen, Kristine (Indiana) and Kate (from Illinois) have been shelling every year on Sanibel for 20 years. They take shells back to their kids’ schools to teach them about the gifts of the sea.
Clark was out in the water scooping with the shelling backhoe.
He scooped the shells in the water and brought them up to the beach… voila! This one scoop brought up a GAUDY NATICA and an APPLE MUREX.
His fave was an ALBINO FIGHTING CONCH and these…
I went back to the beach this morning just west of the lighthouse to find more bling along the beach.
There were still hundreds of DOSINIAS…
But I didn’t see the TULIPS and MUREXES like yesterday. That’s okay, there were different treasures… like quite a few perfectly intact fragile PAPER FIGS scattered along the beach. Score!
I think the cutest thing I saw all weekend was this sweet baby STARFISH stranded in a pile of shells in the high tide wrack line. I saw a few live SEA STARS at the water’s edge washing out with the tide change but this was the tiniest one I saw. Awwwe- so cute! After I turned her over to see that she was still alive… yay! In the water you go to live out a full happy life.