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Shellavanting The Beaches

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Button, Junonia, Millipede Starfish, Pen Shell, Shell Love Bug, Starfish | 11 comments

I heart finding the mini shells! I’ve been enjoying short little walks (mostly at Gulfside City Park) on the beach this week to strengthen my sprained ankle so searching for miniature seashells is abshellutely perfect exercise.

Autumn showed me this sweet FLAT SCALLOP (ZIGZAG) she found a little further west but when she showed me her shell, I couldn’t help but be drawn to her nails too. Cute nail polish, Autumn! ;)

Since I’ve had my bum ankle, it’s been the perfect time to run around in Shell Love Bug! My good friend Diane and I took it to the Marco Island Shell Show.

The Marco Shell Club is awesome!

I met big time shellers Jack and Ella (Marco, FL) a few weeks earlier at the Sanibel Shell Festival then I got to see them again at the Marco Shell Show too. It was so much fun to see them again…. then omigosh… the next day they found a JUNONIA!

It was completely covered in barnacles but they knew right away what they had. They cleaned it up to uncover this stunning specimen. Boom Shellalaka! Way to go!

Then I took Shell Love Bug to Blind Pass where I saw so many fun shellers like Pat, Curt, Char, Dave and Colleen

Michelle (Fort Myers) showed me this little shell she found. Hmmmm… it sorta looks like a BUTTON SHELL.

So here’s our “normal” BUTTON SHELL (Modulus modulus) we find here in SW Florida…

Button shell

And now look below at the one Michelle found. Different, right? Kinda looks like one found in the Caribbean but I researched it in my Shellibrary but I still didn’t find an exact match. This is the closest thing I came to finding… http://www.idscaro.net/sci/01_coll/plates/gastro/pl_modulidae_1.htm

Here’s the aperture. Can anybody out there identify it? MurexKen? SusanH? Y’all think its a WEDDING SHELL?

So it’s been a fun week shellavanting around on the beach and with the bug. Maybe just as much fun as these MILLIPEDE SEA STARS were having while doing their Locust yoga poses.

I’m working on setting dates for my shelling cruises for this summer since I only have the scheduled until May so far. I’ll post those new dates ASAP but until then…

PS- I know my pages here on my blog are a little messed up if you are looking at my posts on a mobile device or tablet. My Seashells Identification button, Beach Bling Identification button disappeared- Ugh!  I’m trying to fix all that so please bear with me? So just in case you were looking for the pages to identify your seashells or beach bling….

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When Irish Eyes Are Shelling

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Beach Art, Beach Holiday, Beachy Shell Stuff, St Patricks Day | 8 comments

Have a shellucky four leaf clover kinda day!

Happy St Patty’s Day!

 

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Taking a Shelling Trip to Cayo Costa

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 34 comments

There were all sort of shells on the beach at Cayo Costa on Monday for our iLoveShelling shelling trip!

Unfortunately, I had a “trip” of my own on Sunday and twisted my ankle. Rasher fresher! Thank goodness Capitva Cruises arrives at a dock on Cayo Costa so I didn’t have to climb down a ladder to get to the beach. So I hobbled along the beach and found a nice shelly part of the beach to enjoy the island and all of the great company.

Last year, my good friend Jane broke her hip so sweet, thoughtful Sunny Sanibel Sandy bought her a cane that was hollow inside….. so we filled that cane with all of the shells we know Jane loves.

Thank goodness Jane is completely healed so no longer needs to use the cane so she asked me if I’d like to borrow it for the shelling trip. Yes! It’s exactly what I needed to help me find my way to a beautiful day.

I would have been soooo bummed if I couldn’t go on that shelling trip Monday! I would have been so upset not to be able to hang out with other cool shellers  ….

To finally meet and hear about shelling besties!

To learn from each other…

And to see so many awesome finds…

And to talk about how we know each other… my YouTube buddy!

To hear fabshellous family shell stories…

To see dear Sunnye and meet more of her beautiful shelling family.

Oh… and did I mention there were oodles of shells? These were just a few of Sunnye’s beauties… an amazing purple inside of double CALICO CLAM, GAUDY NATICA, PURPLISH TAGELUS,  double ALTERNATE TELLIN, WHITE CRESTED TELLIN and a sweet little BABYS EAR.

So the doctor says I need to RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevate) my foot for the next few weeks plus add physical therapy. So I’m trying.

We’ve got lots of high winds right now so the tides have taken lots of those shells back out to sea but in a few days, Im sure more shells will be piling in…  so I hope to find a big shell pile somewhere I can plop down and do some sittin n siftin. So if ya see one, holla at me! Write a comment? ;)

 

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