Archive for February, 2011

Feb
27

Sanibel Clear Afternoon

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Mai seashells

Mai (New York) with seashells

Mai didn’t care if her beautiful dress was getting wet by shelling in the surf to find a few seashell treasures. She f0und a few FIGHTING CONCHS so it was all worth it. My kinda gal!

Mai Shelling

Mai Shelling

Talk about my kind of gals…. Wendy, Karen and Renee were having the best time shellebrating the beach by Gulf Side City Park and the beautiful sunset. Even though none of us found tons of shells…. still, girls gotta have fun by hanging out in shorts, tees and feeling the sand between our toes.

Breck Shelling Girls

Wendy (Sanibel), Karen (MN), Renee (MN) and Sam

Maybe this is why we didn’t find many shells on the beach…. the Sanibel Ness Monster ate them all!

Sanibel Ness Monster

Sanibel Ness Monster

This piece of beach art is so impressive.

Sanibel Nessy

Sanibel Nessy

Look at all of these PEN SHELLS.

Nessy's pen shell humps

Nessy's pen shell humps

This beach art artist was very busy this weekend collecting PEN SHELLS and sea grasses to make this piece too…

Beach Art mermaid

Beach Art mermaid

Did they run out of shells? This one seems to naked…aww, but it’s still kinda cute.

Hammerhead Beach art

Hammerhead Beach art

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Feb
26

Prettiest Speckled Tellin Seashell

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Speckled Speckled tellin bivalve seashell

Speckled Tellin

This is the prettiest SPECKLED TELLIN I’ve ever seen!  I met a Sanibel local gal Susie on the beach at Sanibel Blind Pass and while we were talking, I saw those stripes through her plastic shelling bag…. Okay, I always nonchalantly sneek a peek at someone’s shell bag while I talk to them (heehee). So I asked her what she had. She pulled out this gorgeous TELLIN! I don’t normally see SPECKLED TELLINS on this beach- especially with those pretty colored “rays”. Nice find Susie!

Susie Sanibel Sheller

Susie (Sanibel) and Peg (Cincinnati, OH)

While I was talking to Susie and Peg, I saw our shelling sister Lee and her husband Bill who found the CARRIER SHELL in October. She told me she found an 11″ HORSE CONCH last week north of West Gulf Drive beach access #7. I had to see it!

11" horse conch lee

Lee’s 11″ horse conch

Wow- that’s a doosie! And such a pretty color! You can’t see really how big it is so the next photo I put a little “candy” horsie conch next to it. Cute, huh?

11" horse conch aperture lee

Baby next to a grandaddy

Lee told me before she left home to come to Sanibel, her grandson Samuel said he would like her to find a big shell for him just like the one she has displayed in her “best shell finds” cabinet ….a big horse conch. Looks like you’ll get  your wish Samuel!

Albino fighting conch lee g

Albino fighting conch 

Lee also found this ALBINO FIGHTING CONCH.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell an albino from a sun-bleached shell but in this case, there is such a glossy shine and all of the tips look so perfect that I am sure this must me an albino. This one will probably make it into Lee’s “best shell finds” cabinet too!

albino fighting conch aperture lee g

Albino fighting conch aperture

I always enjoy seeing so many different colors and color patterns of the FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCH. Shelling sister Mary Ann captured so many variations in this next photo, I thought you would enjoy this as much as I did. Thanks for posting this great shot on FaceBook, Mary Ann.

florida Fighting conch color types

Florida Fighting Conch by Mary Ann Ross

Okay, lets get back to Lee and her other finds for the week… I see CHESTNUT TURBANS on a regular basis but I don’t show many pictures of them so here are a few in Lee’s collection this week.

Chestnut Turbans

Chestnut Turbans

So now I think I am acquiring a taste for bivalves after seeing this SPECKLED TELLIN and some of the other TELLINS in the last week. No, not to eat them (although I do love oysters at a raw bar) but to admire their beauty as much as the gastropods like the TURBAN or CONCH. I have to thank our blog buddy Bird for suggesting I get a copy of Bivalve Seashells of Florida by Trish Hartman. How did I live without this book before? Thank you, Bird (and Scott R)!

double Broad-Ribbed Cardita seashell

Double Broad-Ribbed Cardita

Turkey Wing seashell

Turkey Wing

Feb
24

Buckets of Seashells

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Eddy's shell bucket

Eddy's shell bucket

I didn’t see shellers with buckets filled to the rim with seashells today, but I did see a few buckets that had nice quality shells that made every other sheller smile when they peeked into the bottom. This is Eddy’s bucket with that big FLAT SCALLOP and so mant color variations and sizes of the FIGHTING CONCHS and other goodies.

Eddy shells

Eddy peeking into his shell bucket

I first met Eddy in August with his sister Rachael and they are back in full shelling mode. Look at those CONES Rachael found.

Rachael Florida cone shells

Rachael with 2 Florida cone and an Alphabet

This next bucket could make a grown shelling woman cry… I mean smile too.

Kings crowns shell bucket

A bucket of Crowns

This is very impressive to see all of the KINGS CROWNS together in the bottom of this bucket, isn’t it? Molly found a secret shelling spot digging in some mud flats where she found all of these lovelies completely empty. Jack pot!

seashells Molly and Ella

Molly and Ella (MI)

This is KING’S CROWN queen Molly and her daughter Ella with their other best finds of the week…. SEA URCHINS, 8″ HORSE CONCH, ALPHABET CONES, SHARK’S EYES, ANGEL WINGS and a NUT MEG. Ella told me that shelling was her most favorite thing to do. Then a close second was rock climbing.

Ella Manny sunray venus conch

Cuties Ella and Manny

Ella and her little brother Manny are excited to show off a few more shells.. a SUNRAY VENUS CLAM and a JUVENILE FIGHTING CONCH.

Limpet seaglass tusk shells

Limpet, seaglass, tusk and shark's tooth

The picture above are treasures that shellers Melody and Bill found on a day trip to Venice  yesterday. Clockwise from the left … a KEY HOLE LIMPET, SEA GLASS, SHARK’S TOOTH FOSSIL and a TUSK shell all placed on top of a seagrape leaf. Nice finds!

Shellers Melody and Bill

Melody and Bill (Greenville, SC)

Happy Anniversary Melody and Bill! What a nice way to “Shellebrate”!

Sanibel Turner Beach

Sanibel Blind Pass Sand bar

There are still shells on the Sanibel side but the rip tide picked up a little this afternoon in between the shore and the sand bar… so be VERY CAREFUL if you are shelling around there. I’ve finally found all you crazy shellers like us so I don’t want to lose any of you!