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Nautilus Shell Found

Posted by on Oct 30, 2010 in Bali shells, Cone, Cowrie, Nautilus, Olive, Scallop, Thailand, World shelling, Worm Shell | 13 comments

Bali Nautilus shell

Thailand Nautilus shell

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!

Bali cone shells

Bali cone shells

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…

Bali Olive shell

Bali Olive shell

Bali olives

Bali olives

Bali olive seashells

Bali olive seashells

Bali Olive seashell

Bali Olive seashell

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.

Bali cowries

Bali cowries

Bali worm shells

Bali worm shells. They have wormies too!

Bali Scallop shells

Bali Scallop shells

Bali scallop seashells side view

Bali scallop seashells side view

I had to show the side view of this SCALLOP. Isn’t that so cool? I had take this one alone too. So beautiful!

Bali scallop shell

Bali scallop shell

Bali mixed clams

Bali mixed clams

Bali mixed shells

Bali mixed shells

You can see from this picture that the nautilus isn’t huge but it’s about 2 and a half inches.

Bali mixed seashells

Bali mixed seashells

Bali red pipe organ coral

Bali red pipe organ coral

Bali best shells

Bali shells .... a little of everything

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.

janes nautilus

Janes nautilus shell

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.

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Conch Shell Invasion

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Blind Pass, Bonita Beach, Captiva, Conch, Fighting Conch | 20 comments

Bonita Springs Florida live conch shell

Live Fighting conch photo by Carla Barone

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”.

Conchs on Bonita Beach Florida

Conchs at Little Hickory photo by Carla Barone

Little Hickory pile of sea shells

Pile of fighting conchs photo by Carla Barone

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.”

Little Hickory Bonita Beach shells

Little Hickory conchs photo by Carla Barone

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.

Little Hickory fighting conchs

Fighting conchs photo by Carla Barone

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!

Captiva rocks shells

Captiva's Blind Pass sand bar showing

Collecting seashells Captiva Island Florida

Betsy (Unionville, PA) not disappointed in the shelling

Shells Captiva jetty

Shelling at Blind Pass

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Fighting Conchs On Bonita Beach

Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 in Bonita Beach, Conch, Fighting Conch | 5 comments

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).



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.”

Fighting conchs on beach

Fighting conchs

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Sanibel Sky And Shells

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Great White Heron, Lighthouse, Sanibel | 8 comments

Sanibel Island lighthouse sky

Sanibel Island lighthouse sky

Some afternoons the sky is so beautiful I don’t mind that the shelling isn’t the best. I’m not saying that there weren’t any shells at all because we found one or two WHELKS and CONCHS by digging them up.

Karla with seashells

Karla (Gilroy, CA)

This was Karla’s first ever time shelling! She wanted to find something a little different to do…. so she said she discovered this new world of seashells and wanted to experience it.

Sanibel lighthouse beach shells

Karla's shell bag

I think she’s pretty happy with her finds!

Great White Heron Sanibel lighthouse

Great White Heron with sky

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The Scoop Winner

Posted by on Oct 24, 2010 in Giveaway, Seashell Sifter Scoop | 9 comments

Winner of Sea Shell Sifter Scoop!

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your fabulous comments and well wishes on our one year “blogaversary”. And now… Drum roll please….

We have a random WINNER for the Susick Sea Shell Sifter October GiveAway! And the winner is…… CShells! Congratulations CShells! I’ll be getting in touch with you to get the scoop… on getting you the scoop.

I had lots of comments asking where to buy one of these sifter scoops if you didn’t win. The only place I know for sure you can get one  (where Clark got his) is through their website …. click on or click on the picture of the scoop on the left side of this blog page. It will link you to their website too.

This is so much fun to give back to yall for sharing this shelling experience with me…. I hope to do it again next month with giving something else. Hmmmm. I’ll have to think what it will be…..So stay tuned!

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