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Junonia found at Blind Pass

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Blind Pass, Captiva, Junonia | 0 comments

I got a comment today on my December 4 post that made me laugh because someone asked Clark on the beach the other day “How many JUNONIAS have you found?”. Clark said he had found 2. She said back to him ” Wow! I can’t believe you’ve only found 2. I figured since you live here that you’ve found a lot more than that!”. He got a real kick out of that and then laughed at me since I’ve gotten a big goose egg when it comes to finding a JUNONIA. So, Alice, I feel for you too.

Congratulations Nancy! Thank you so much for sending us the news…… I’m so jealous! Send me a picture and I’ll post it.

Nancy’s comment on the december 4 post says:

Just to let you know
I found a Junonia on the Captiva side of Blind Pass 12/26/2009. Picture should be in the Island Reporter this week. My friend Alice has lived and shelled on Sanibel for 24years and never discovered a Junonia. She considers me an amateur :-) and we had a good laugh that I found one

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East End Shelling

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s a great full blue moon tonight and the shelling is really good on the east end of Sanibel this morning. Tomorrow morning will probably be really good too. Happy New Year’s Eve- It’s going to be a good 2010.

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I’d Rather Be Shelling……

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

……instead of sitting in traffic.  I tried to make my way to the Lighthouse to see what was there but I got stuck in traffic so I didn’t make it.  This is the busiest week of the year so I should have stayed away from Periwinkle Way. Cutting over to East Gulf, Middle Gulf and West Gulf is the best way to get around on Sanibel. There were lots of people at Blind Pass on Captiva still finding shells in the huge pile that has been building every week. The parking lot on the Captiva side was full and there were very few spaces on the Sanibel side so you had to get lucky. I would get there early if you want to spend some time at Blind Pass tomorrow just to get a parking space. Plan your day around the traffic this week by working around the traffic on Periwinkle Way which is bad in the morning around 8 to 10ish but really bad in the afternoon from 3 to 6.

I heard the Lighthouse was still really good for finding cool stuff and I’m sure it’s going to be good this weekend too since it’s a full moon on New Years’s Eve. I hope this helps!

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Mermaid’s Purse

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Alphabet Cone, Cone, Horseshoe Crab, Lighthouse, Sanibel, Skate Egg Case, Urchin, West Gulf Drive | 1 comment

Lighthouse treasures

Lighthouse treasures

The lighthouse is continuing to bring in what looks like the bottom of the sea. Clark talked to one of our shelling buddies and they found nine ALPHABET CONES yesterday in the surf all along the east end of Sanibel. Holy smokes! Nine?? Wow!! That says it all. If you are in town, you need to get to the Lighthouse.

Skate Egg Case

Skate Egg Case

It’s like you are walking through a Discovery Channel episode on the beach anywhere on the East End. I used to see these SKATE EGG CASES on the beaches of Virginia Beach and the Carolinas after a storm when I was young. I like to call it a Mermaid’s Purse but some call it a Devil’s Purse or a Devil’s Pocketbook.

Don, Elaine, Dave and Betty (Nova Scotia)

Don, Elaine, Dave and Betty (Nova Scotia)

There are lots of URCHINS and HORSESHOE CRABS and some other fun treasures on West Gulf Drive but not the crazy shelling as at the Lighthouse. I’m still so happy that we stopped to check it out because we met these wonderful two couples from Nova Scotia that travel around North America in their RVs every five years.

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Excellent Shelling!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009 in Alphabet Cone, Colorful Moon shell, Conch, Cone, Driftwood, Fighting Conch, Horse Conch, Horseshoe Crab, Lighthouse, Lightning Whelk, Murex, Paper Fig, Pen Shell, Sanibel, Starfish, Tulip, Urchin, Whelk, Worm Shell | 1 comment

Today's favorite finds

Today's favorite finds

It’s a wonderful life on the beaches on Sanibel today. Hundreds of MUREXES, WHELKS, URCHINS, FIGHTING CONCHS, HORSESHOE CRABS, STARFISH, TULIPS  and PEN SHELLS. It’s a shmorgish borg (no, I don’t know how to spell that!) of shells. If you go to any beach in southwest Florida today or tomorrow, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Pictured in my favorites above that Clark and I found are clockwise, HORSE CONCH, SEA FAN, BABY’S EAR, smaller HORSE CONCH, PAPER FIG, PEAR WHELK, larger PEAR WHELK, WORM SHELL, COLORFUL MOON SNAIL and underneath is a cool piece of DRIFTWOOD. After I took this picture, a little while later (since I couldn’t get Clark off the beach) he found an ALPHABET CONE and a very cool WORM SHELL….it was still a purplish color so it hadn’t died long ago.

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