Barnacled shell on the beach

My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.

Captiva Dolphin and shelling cruise

DOLPHINS were surrounding our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to our shelling adventure to Cayo Costa yesterday and I was lucky enough to catch this one’s dance. So cute!

Dolphin jumping next to our boat

When we pulled up to the island, the water was bright turquoise and the beach was beautiful… but seemed a little shell-less. Then Lynn and Bertha from Colorado showed me one of the biggest BABYS EARS I’ve ever seen.

Lynn and Bertha from Colorado visit Sanibel for shells

Oh baby!

Very large Baby's Ear shell

Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.

Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming collect shells in Florida

I met so many awesome families like Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville. Whitney was happy to find a nice size ANGEL WING to add to her collection.

Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville visit Sanibel

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana found some treasures for their shell bags but Hannah carefully held a SAND DOLLAR that broke in two perfect halves to keep a couple of sweet “Doves” still inside safe and sound.

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana visit Sanibel

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida found a BABYS EAR as well but I couldn’t keep my eyes off their darling hats. I need to start wearing a big floppy again too- adorable!

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida collect shells in Cayo Costa

Erin and Maura from New Jersey snorkeled for the first time since the water was so clear but I found out later, Maura is like me… her mask always fogs up so she ends up combing the beaches instead.

Erin and Maura from New Jersey visit Sanibel for shells

Linda from Fort Lauderdale had her whole beautiful family with her -Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach- to shellebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday Linda!

Linda, Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach from Ft Lauderdale visit Captiva

Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.

Deanna and Dylan from Ohio collect Florida shells

With shells!

Shells found on Cayo Costa Island Florida

Jack found the shell of the day! He saw a tiny bit of this big old LIGHTNING WHELK sticking out of the sand and got a little curious so he dug around it. Shellzam! It was a whole empty shell.

Jack holds big crusty whelk

He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.Alex and Jack find shells on Florida beach

It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!

Shell tree Cayo Costa

 

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Beautiful Okinawa cone and cowrie shells

I’m still in awe of the beautiful beaches and treasures we saw on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Hebrew cones with conch and flea-bite cone Okinawa Japan

We found soooo many amazing shells we felt like we had to share it with someone. Days before we left Sanibel for our shelling vacation to Okinawa, I saw a fantastic photo of shells with hashtag iLoveShelling (#iLoveShelling) while I was on Instagram (follow me on Instagram iLoveShelling) . That photo had another hashtag on it too… #Okinawa. Whoa. I sent a note to the girl who posted it and we hit it off right away. Before you know it, we were shelling together in Okinawa! Timing is everything, right?

clark and u.s. marine shelling okinawa

Clarissa (from New Hampshire) is a 20 year old United States Marine stationed in Okinawa for 2 years who loves beach combing. She tries to get to the beaches as often as possible but transportation isn’t always easy from the bases so we picked her up to hit the beaches to look for shells with us.

United States Marine Clarissa in Okinawa Japan finding seashells

We found shells! It was such a special day to hang out and find a few treasures to remember this amazing adventure while in Okinawa. Good luck, Clarissa, with your future service plans and your travel plans… and thank you.

U.S. Marine Clarissa's shell collection Okinawa

Now that we are back on Sanibel Island, we have been trying to organize the loot we brought home. It’s abshellutely mind blowing how many different shell species we brought back so we’ve been trying to break them down in to some sort of organized chaos to identify each one. This might take a while so I figured I’d show y’all what we’ve done so far… but let me apologize for the photos… they’re aren’t great but it shows you how we are trying to sort.

Shells found in Okinawa Japan beach combing

This is the first tray of CONES. OMG We have LEOPARD CONES, LETTERED CONES, IVORY CONES, WESTERN IMPERIAL CONES, FLEA-BITE CONES, VIRGIN CONES, OAK CONES, SOLDIER CONES and LITHOGRAPH CONES.

leopard, lettered, ivory, western imperial, flea-bite, virgin, oak, soldier, lithograph cones shells Okinawa Japan

And that’s not it…. MARBLE CONES, STRIATE CONES, TULIP CONES, NUSSETELLA CONES, TENDER CONES, TESSELATE CONES, SAND-DUSTED CONES and lots of TEXTILE CONES.

Marble, Striate, Tulip, Nussatella, Tender, tessellate, sand-dusted, textile cones Okinawa Japan

I could go on … but I’m overwhelmed by even more CONES…

Indo pacific cone shells from Okinawa Japan

Because then… there’s the CONCHS. SPIDER CONCHS, STRAWBERRY CONCHS, a BUBBLE CONCH and lots of LITTLE BEAR CONCHS.

Spider, strawberry, bubble and little bear conch Okinawa Japan shells

Look at all of these amazing shells!

Okinawa Japan Indo Pacific seashells

And even more… ABALONE, LIMPETS, TOPS and TROCHUS.

Troches, tops, limpets abalone shell Okinawa Japan

MOON SHELLS, OLIVE SHELLS and all sort of wonderful minis. Some look like lemon drops and kernels of corn- I’m in love.

moons, olives and assorted miniature shells Okinawa Japan

And…. Holy COWRIE! Look at these COWRIES. OMG The colors.

Okinawa Indo Pacific Cowrie mollusk shells

And then… the BIVALVES. They are to die for.

Okinawa Japan Indo Pacific bivalve seashells

Whew. So those were the shells that we collected and brought home with us. Aaaa-mazing. We actually collected more than double that but brought home only the best. We gave away 10 gallons of shells that we couldn’t bring home. Yes we did. We bought two 5 gallon buckets at the grocery store while we were there so we could clean our shells every day. Once we decided which shells we were going to leave in Okinawa, the buckets came in handy.

Buckets of seashells from Okinawa Japan

We gave some to the very friendly folks at our wonderful hotel (we actually LOVED our hotel AJ Kouki) but we gave the bulk of them to Manahu Higa, the owner of our favorite restaurant Island Marine Cafe & Bar.  His whole restaurant was decorated in local shell art and crafts that his wife and daughter made. We loved it!

pam rambo with Manahu Higa owner of Island Marine Cafe Okinawa

Marine Cafe & Bar Okinawa Japan

See why we loved it? Every inch was decorated in shells. We knew they all went to to good home.

Island Cafe Marine Bar seashells Okinawa Japan

And I still have more to show you… did you see all of that SEA GLASS in that one photo? The SEA GLASS will be coming up soon- it is sooooo beautiful.

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Florida shell finds

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on Big Hickory Island today on Sight Sea-r Cruises to enjoy the calm clear water and collect a few shells.

Beach combing Florida

Local girls Diane and Kristin from Naples found some shells and a SAND DOLLAR within a few minutes of hitting the beach.

Diane and Kristin from Naples find sand dollars on shelling trip

Matthew and Judi shelled the water’s edge to find a few keepers. I wish I had gotten a better picture of them… they were on the Sight Sea-R “Maiden Voyage” last year and I recognized them right away. So good to see again!

Shells with Matthew and Judi

Cathy from Illinois was a joy to be around…

Cathy iL with sunray venus shellsCathy iL with sunray venus shells

And she was thrilled to have found a few SUNRAY VENUS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, OLIVES, WORMIES and a sweet HORSE CONCH.
Sea shells from shelling trip

It was such a pleasure to meet Sara and Brigget (TN) and talk a bit while Brigget showed me her awesome ALPHABET CONE she found in the water.

Sara and Brigget TN found alphabet cone shell

Their friend Judi kept us in stitches as she propped her “Flo The Photo Bomber” on her shoulder as soon as the camera came out. Too funny!

Judi TN Flo Photo bomber

Nisse, Lynne, Scott and Brett were extremely happy to have found 4 ALPHABET CONES!

nisse, Lynne, Scott and Brett

Brett found 3 out of the 4 ALPHIES and a FLORIDA CONE as well! This is just some of the their favorites.

shells found in sw florida

The Texas cousins are baaaaack. They were on that “Maiden Voyage” too and this time decked out in bright fun colors. So good to see you again too Peggy, Pam, Debby and Pat!

Peggy, Pam, Debby and Pat Texas shellers

And so happy y’all found some fabulous shells again too. Look at those ROSE PETAL TELLINS and GAUDY NATICAS!

Rose petal tellin and gaudy antic on iLoveShelling Cruise

Anne and Debbie found some great loot too.

Anne and Debbie find shells SW Floridav

Look at these beautiful shells! Spectacsheller.

seashells found on shelling trip

One my favorite things to see… happy families  enjoying the beach together. Gus, Summer, Noah, Kerri, Faith and Correy (from Palm Harbor) are shell crazy but Kerri was thrilled to have found her first 3 SEA PEARLS. Congrats!

Gus, Summer, Noah, Kerri, Faith and Correy Palm Harbor shells_1

Gary and Debi (from my old stomping grounds in Va Beach) found SAND DOLLARS too and it was so muc fun to hang out and talk about my old “hood”.

Gary and Debi from Va Beach visit Florida for shells

I loved our entire time hanging out with such a fun group of shellers like Ann from MO… and such a stunning and stylish group too.

Ann from MO finds shells in Florida

As with every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress at Congress Jewelers on Sanibel. They are so generous!

Congress Jewelers gift cetificateSince lots of you couldn’t be with us today on this fabshellous beach, here’s a CYBERSHELLING photo with at least one little gem.
cybershelling nutmeg

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PS- I still have lots of photos and info to share with you from our shelling trip to Okinawa Japan- so stay tuned.