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

Simple Sanibel Beach Stroll

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Apple, Button, Lighthouse, Murex, Sanibel, Sea Bean | 28 comments

Little Sheller on Sanibel

Little Sheller

It was a beautiful beach stroll on the east end of Sanibel near the lighthouse.

Apple Murex Sanibel Sunset

Apple Murex Sanibel Sunset

An APPLE MUREX was our biggest find.

Sea Bean with waves on Sanibel

Sea Bean with waves

We found two SEA BEANS .

Button Seashell

Button Seashell

…..and a BUTTON SHELL. We didn’t see big shell piles but it was simply a beautiful afternoon.

Romantic Sanibel Sunset

Romantic Sanibel Sunset

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Seashell Christmas

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in Beach Holiday, Captiva, Christmas, Decorate with shells, Sand Dollar, Starfish, Tween Waters Tree Lighting 2010, Video | 20 comments

Sand Dollar Starfish Seashell garland

Time to Shellebrate the Holidays! This little Seashell Elf has been busy making SAND DOLLAR  and STARFISH garland strands for the Christmas tree in our golf cart on December 4, 2010 at 3:30. I’m making this a very simple design so I can add red ribbon and some white SCALLOP SHELLS as well to fill in every inch of my tree. Of course, I have to have lots of seashells!

Starfish Sand Dollar strand decor

I’m using sand dollars that we have collected over the years but I bought these starfish “seconds” (I don’t mind that they aren’t perfect…. who is?) from here on Sanibel. I’m not using any glue. I just wrap the twine around a starfish arm and knotted the back then string through one of the holes in the sand dollars and repeat. Easy! This next project was easy too……

Sand Dollar cookie trays

Sand Dollar Cookies!!! I’m not a good baker but my friend Tiia helped me make over one hundred of these adorable sugar cookies Thanksgiving night. Okay, we made life easy and sliced pre-made sugar cookie dough then decorated them with five slivered almonds. That’s it!

Sand Dollar Cookies


Aren’t they so cute? You can have one too since I’ll be giving them out at the Captiva Holiday Village Luminary night (December 2010) after the parade. I’ve packed them in the freezer for safe keeping until then. Come by to say “Hi” and get a sand dollar cookie and a real shell!

Tween Waters Holiday Sunset

I haven’t had time to do a lot of shelling, but we did make it to the beach yesterday to witness this beautiful Captiva Island sunset. If you’ve never seen this spectacular event, you are in luck because I took a video. Yes! I’m in full Shellebration for the holidays!

Captiva Holiday Village

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Saving A Sanibel Seahorse

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Seahorses | 22 comments

Live Sea Horse on Sanibel Island, Florida

Live Seahorse photo by Carol Saunders

Beachcomber Carol found and rescued a live SEAHORSE! I introduced Carol on my November 7 post Shellicious Shelling because she showed me the SERPENT STARFISH and then we saw the LONG-SPINED URCHIN together. She’s also the one that gave me the packaged west coast SAND DOLLAR.

Sea Horse on Sanibel Island, Florida beach

Seahorse on Sanibel photo by Carol Saunders

A couple days after we shelled the beach together, I got this note from Carol-

I wanted to tell you about my adventure the very next day on the beach where we met. Things were slowed way down Monday in the shell dept on that same beach.  When I crossed the sand bar, however, things picked up.  I noticed some strange markings in the sand and then the creature that had made them:  a seahorse!!”

She picked “him” up and took this sweet guy to the safety of water where she witnessed his recovery. What a rescue! Carol said she snapped photos (above) as soon as she saw the SEAHORSE  and then realized he was alive.

Tarpon Bay Explorers Sea Horses

Tarpon Bay Explorers Sea Horses

SEAHORSES are fascinating fish! Here’s a couple of Fun Facts….. Did you know that the males carry the reproductive eggs then “births” them? Did you know that some species mate for life? To see live SEAHORSES you can visit Tarpon Bay Explorers on Sanibel.

Tarpon Bay Explorers sign

Tarpon Bay Explorers

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for so many things. I am especially thankful for my family, friends, being able to meet people like Carol and to be surrounded by so many beautiful gifts of the sea. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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Sunrise Shell Seekers on Sanibel

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in low tide, Sanibel, sunrise | 19 comments

Sunrise low tide shell collecting

Sunrise Sanibel Stoop

I might turn into a morning person. I just can’t get over how beautiful the sunrise is on Sanibel and I’ve only seen a handful of them. I “used” to like to take my time in the mornings (aka… sleep in) but I may have turned over a new leaf. I was even at the beach this morning to see shellers with flashlights.

Shelling at dawn

Shelling at dawn

Shell seekers before sunrise

Shell seekers before sunrise

Shell seekers sunrise Sanibel

Shell collecting at low tide sunrise

Three shellers at sunrise on Sanibel

Three shellers at sunrise

Three shellers with nets

Three shellers on the hunt

Sunrise shelling on Sanibel

Sunrise low tide

Shelling low tide

Shelling low tide

And yes, there were shells to be found too on the beach around Donax Rd. The low tide was about minus .04 and the tidal pools had lots of seashells for the early bird shellers. See the Florida Cone below?

Low tide pool Sanibel Florda cone

Low tide pool with a Florda cone

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Sanibel Sea Beans

Posted by on Nov 20, 2010 in Sea Bean, Sea Pearl | 17 comments

Sea Pearls in scallop

Sea Pearls in scallop

Have you ever found a SEA BEAN? Well, they really aren’t “beans” but are seeds of plants from around the world that get carried into rivers then to oceans then wash up on beaches. There are almost one hundred different types of SEA BEANS but the kind we find on Sanibel are called SEA PEARLS.

Sea Beans in Scallop

Sea Beans in Scallop close up

I first heard about SEA BEANS last year after seeing a collection by our beach combing friends Mary and Dick.

Sea Beans Sanibel Island

Sea Bean Collection by Mary and Dick

Sea Beans drift onto beaches around the world, particularly after higher than normal tides with sea weed and drift wood just like I found this one pictured below. So if I don’t find many shells (like today) I always have sea beans to look for.

Sea bean on the beach

Sea Bean on the beach

Today I found this one and a few others at the Lighthouse beach….. and guess who Clark and I ran into…CShells!

Shellers at lighthouse CShells

CShells and Richard enjoying their scoops

Just a reminder to come see me at the Captiva Holiday Village Dec 4, 10, 11 and 12! CLICK HERE for details.Captiva Holiday Village

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