I was so surprised to see that the Sanibel side of Blind Pass had such a pile of shells. Look at them all! Most of the shells were clams, scallops and bits and pieces of shells but we all found treasures to be proud of.
I saw a few bright orange scallops but one really caught my eye….this gorgeous ROUGH SCALLOP.
Katie found a few really good ones…including a little candy (juvenile HORSE CONCH) and a FLORIDA CONE. Check out her shell bag (taking this photo of her shells through her bag got me a little tickled- not sure why, just not my ordinary shot)
Katie's shell bag
Leon, Lara, Anika and Kika
Lara and her family from Maine were collecting just about anything to take back to a kids camp for shell crafting.
Our favorite shells.....worm shells
I saved the best for last…..WORM SHELLS (hmm…ok, candies are right up there too, right LooLoo?) These are the little tiny ones that still have the white tips on them (like the candy corn!) and have such cool twists and turns to them. They look like a mermaid’s lock of hair, don’t they?
Scott, Parker, Mia, Mallory, LouAnn, Nat, Susan and Hans
I got really excited when I pulled into the parking lot at Captiva’s Blind Pass because I saw a crowd doing the “Captiva Crouch” at the shoreline. That means there are shells! So I raced down to find out what they had collected. “I found lots of MUREXES and TULIPS” LouAnn said. “I found FIGHTING CONCHS and a FLORIDA CONE!” from Susan. Hans even liked the DOUBLE KITTEN’S PAWS (everybody really love those) and there were lots of them.
Shelling family doing the "Captiva Crouch"
They were finding some good shells! After talking with them, I realized this whole crowd was together and they were all family. Nice, huh? Half of them are from Pittsburg and half from Hilton Head. What a fun way to all get together as a family.
Candy at Blind Pass
I found my candy , the juvenile HORSE CONCH so I was a happy girl too. iLoveShelling facebook buddy Kristen said that beach access #7 was a lot of fun yesterday too. She found ANGEL WINGS!
Chris and Sarah picked up this vibrant piece of beach treasure and thought it was a little piece of red branch CORAL. As you can see, it has the shape and branches like coral and so full of color. This is a very cool find…..but….I actually think this is a red SPONGE. I’m not sure it will last long (at times they turn to goo, fall apart or lose their color) but still, it’s beautiful and it’s fun to see different gifts from the sea.
Chris, Sarah and baby Logan (Crawfordsville, Indiana)
Colorful Moon shell and Kings Crown
Clark found this not-so-pretty nice sized KINGS CROWN at the lighthouse beach this weekend. Whether they have barnacles, slime, algae or worn spines, I still like them if nobody has made a home of it and clean them up. Most of the time, I can make them beautiful again by using old dental tools to pick off the barnacles, a tooth brush or scrub brush, and just a tad of bleach to get rid of the algae. I thought I’d shock you when I showed you a before and after picture when I started on the clean up. I started picking….. cleaning…… scrubbing….. errrrrr…… a little better….. back to cleaning…….. hmmmmm. Well, this is the best that this shell is going to get for me right now.
Semi-cleaned up King's Crown
Not too much of a shocker but it was still worth a try. The other side looks pretty good.
Cleaned King's Crown
We have our fair share of King’s Crowns, so when we go back to the lighthouse, we will return this where we found it so that someone else might be able to enjoy it too.
The COQUINAS are here again! I’ve never seen so many live coquinas in the shoreline all in a bunch like colorful jumping beans. Ok, they weren’t jumping but they were squirming to cover themselves up every time a wave fluffed them up.
I even got them on a short video!
They come in every color of the rainbow it seems. Yet, another tiny treasure.