Archive for October, 2010
Jane found this NAUTILUS shell while walking on the beach…… in Thailand! I’ve talked about my friend Jane in other posts (Jane’s Seashell Frames) so you know she loves to collect seashells….. but now I’m jealous. Why? A. She went to Thailand and Bali with her husband for her birthday. B. They found this nautilus on the beach. C. They found all of these other amazing shells in Bali!
I am not an expert on Bali shells so I don’t know what type of CONES these are. So if you have info, please don’t hesitate to share. And so many different types of OLIVES…
Jane brought over this whole big basket of shells so I got sort through them and figure out which ones to photograph. It was so much fun to ooh and ahhh over each one of them.
I had to show the side view of this SCALLOP. Isn’t that so cool? I had take this one alone too. So beautiful!
You can see from this picture that the nautilus isn’t huge but it’s about 2 and a half inches.
Jane sent me this next photo from her iPhone when they found it on the beach. Isn’t it crazy I could get this picture while they were on the other side of the planet?! I, of course, thought they were pulling my leg.
Maybe one day we’ll get to Bali and do some shelling. Until then we all can enjoy and dream of walking the beaches to happen upon a nautilus shell like this. Thank you Jane for sharing your Thailand and Bali beach treasures!
PS- Another Nautilus was found this month on the beach in Far North Queensland Australia by blogger friend Elizabeth at i Heart Sunny Days. She took a picture too.
Just in time for Halloween…. The Invasion of the Fighting Conchs! Ooooh. Scary!
I didn’t make it down to Bonita Beach to see the beached FIGHTING CONCH phenomenon that I posted about yesterday (click HERE to go to that post) but our blog buddy Carla took great photos of the beach littered with these seashells. We still don’t know why there are so many dying but they are testing the water so when/if we find out, I’ll keep you posted. I’m hoping the answer is what Dr. Jose Leal quoted in the article yesterday “It could be mating”.
Shellers wait for great days when there are piles of shells on the beach… but maybe not like this. It seems so sad. Carla said “They were piled up at the jetty’s today~100’s of them. I have seen days when they were stranded before but not piled up like that~sad…and stinky too.”
Thank you Carla for showing us your photos. I’m just happy we didn’t have to smell them- no “scratch ‘n sniff” thank goodness.
I checked out the beach to see if there was anything like it on Captiva today at Blind Pass. Nothing like Carla saw but there are some shells rolling in and the water is fabulous!
I haven’t seen it myself yet but I wanted to share this news just in case you are near Bonita Beach and want to see this. I clipped this from the News-Press newspaper (click to go to original story).
BY MARK S. KRZOS • MKRZOS@NEWS-PRESS.COM • OCTOBER 27, 2010
Something in the water?
An unusually low tide?
An algal bloom?
Or something as old as time – the sex drive?
Whatever the reason for their appearance, beach walkers in Bonita Springs were treated to an unusual sight Tuesday as thousands of live and dead fighting conchs lined the shore of Barefoot Beach in north Collier County and Bonita Beach in south Lee County.
“All these years we’ve been here, and we’ve never seen anything like it,” said Chris Rossetti, 81, of Bonita Springs, as she bent down to pick up one of the thrashing mollusks. “There’s so many of them.”
No other area beaches have reported such an invasion, and local scientists aren’t sure what caused the amber-colored conchs to appear in such numbers.
“It could be mating,” said Jose Leal, director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel.
Unlike most other mollusks, he said, fighting conchs are intimate during sex. With other mollusks mating is more perfunctory: Females lay eggs and males fertilize them.
Leal added that an extremely low tide two nights ago also could be the cause.
“They’re always out there, and you do see more of them during low tides,” said Steve Boutelle, Lee County’s marine operations manager.
Some people on the beach were trying to throw the live conchs back into the Gulf of Mexico, but the sheer numbers would likely require every resident in the city to lend a hand, said Paul Keene, a Lee County Parks & Recreation maintenance specialist.
It is not illegal to pick up or throw the shells back into the water, but it is illegal to take a live shell from the beach.
Keene said the shells appeared to be in larger groups near the north end of Bonita Beach.
Rick Bartleson, a research scientist with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, said the conchs could be engaged in a mating ritual or something else that’s pushing them out of the water.
Over the past two weeks, there have been several algal blooms between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach, Bartleson said.
Last week, Fort Myers Beach experienced a die-off of coquinas, which feed on algae. A depletion of oxygen could have been a reason for that die-off, but oxygen levels are back to normal, he said.
Whatever the reason, Jason and Sandy Wolters, vacationing from of Zeeland, Mich., were enjoying the sight.
Jason Wolters said that he has seen the conchs on the beach before – just not this many. He said the conchs are usually swept back out to sea with high tide.
“I haven’t seen anything like it,” said Jason Wolters. “I don’t know why it’s happening.”