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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Ellen’s Candy

Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Conch, Horse Conch, Lightning Whelk, Murex, Sanibel, Turban, Whelk, Worm Shell | 0 comments

Shells surrounding 2 Baby Horse Conchs

I know that my friend Ellen is having a good day because she loooves her Candy Corn (baby HORSE CONCHS)! Any day she finds mini shells, especially Candy, it’s a good one. From top clockwise, off East Gulf Drive she found a MUREX, TURBAN, MUREX (i think that’s what it is), baby FIGHTING CONCH, MUREX, 2 WORM SHELL tips, a TURBAN, and  a LIGHTENING WHELK …..all surrounding her 2 sweet baby HORSE CONCHS. Thanks for sending us this picture, Ellen!

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Picturesque Morning

Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Lighthouse, Wentletrap | 0 comments

Low tide at the Lighthouse Pier

I couldn’t make it this morning for the low tide but Clark ran down to the Lighthouse beach to get first pickins so I asked him to take a few pictures for me (and you!).

He didn’t find a lot and he said that he didn’t see many people with full shell bags. He did talk to “Sanibel Ann” who showed him a really nice size WENTLETRAP that she found near the Sanibel pier. She had found 12 WENTLETRAPS so far but this was her best one that is pictured below. Yep, that’s a nice size.

Sanibel Ann's Wentletrap

So, remember that Clark had the camera?

He came home laughing that he got a good picture for my blog.

Photo shoot model

Photo shoot at the Lighthouse

No wonder he didn’t find many shells this morning! He said he asked if he could take a picture of this photographer taking a picture for his wife’s blog so they wouldn’t think he was just being creepy. Hmmm. Do you think they bought that (“for my wife’s blog”)? Hahaha

Boys will be boys, huh?

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Small Treats at the Lighthouse

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Keyhole Limpet, Lace Murex, Lighthouse, Murex, Nassa, Paper Fig, Pear Whelk, Sanibel, Wentletrap | 2 comments

Smaller shells at the Lighthouse

Clark went out this morning at 7am to see if low tide brought anything unusual to the Lighthouse beach. There weren’t any bigger shells so he refocused his eyes to look for the little shells. He found (pictured) a LACE MUREX, 5 PEAR WHELKS, a KEYHOLE LIMPET, 2 PAPER FIGS, 28 WENTLETRAPS, and 2 NASSA.

We’ve got a full moon tonight and there will be a pretty low tide tomorrow morning around 7:30. We hope to see you out there!

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Changing Shoreline at Blind Pass

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in Blind Pass, Captiva, Junonia, Lace Murex, Lightning Whelk, Murex, Olive, Sanibel, Whelk | 1 comment

Blind Pass on Captiva

I saw Emma (from my post on October 26th) at the Mucky Duck today and she told me that she and her husband saw a woman find a JUNONIA at Blind Pass yesterday. It wasn’t right at the jetty like the shells used to pile up but it was about 100 yards up the beach. I ran down there to take a look and as you can see in the picture above, there aren’t piles of shells but they are coming in with the surf.

Blind Pass on Sanibel

There were lots of piles forming on the Sanibel side with lots of shellers checking them out. I saw Debbie and Bob  from my post on 12-03-09 and she had found a gorgeous 8″ LIGHTENING WHELK using her shelling “backhoe” just in the surf.

Lana (Illinois) showing a Lightening Whelk and Bob with an Olive

Father and daughter shellers Lana and Bob were finding lots of nice treasures. Lana found this perfect LIGHTENING WHELK and Bob was finding OLIVES and this gorgeous LACE MUREX that is shown in his hand in the picture below. The color is spectacular.

Bob's Lace Murex

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Pie And The Sky

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Alphabet Cone, Cone, Wentletrap | 0 comments

Pie (Avon Park, FL)

Pie (Avon Park, FL)

The sky was so beautiful this evening and so was Pie (yep, that’s her name- so cute!) and her ALPHABET CONE that she found right on the tip of the Lighthouse beach late this afternoon. She and her husband Steve come to Sanibel from the Sebring area to shell every other week.

Wentletraps at the Lighthouse

2 of 10 Wentletraps I found at the Lighthouse

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