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Mar
29

Sea Hare Raising Experience

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tiger shark tooth fossil

I’m not sure if I’ve ever found a fossil SHARKS TOOTH at Bind Pass before….But my fossil-hunting buddy Susan (Sanibel) found one there! I think she can pluck out a fossil on any beach!

tiger shark tooth

 This was a pretty nice size TIGER SHARK TOOTH she found in the wrack line on the Sanibel side. Can you make out the serrated edge on the tooth on the pointed side?

susan tiger sharks tooth

 Louise ad Debra (Maine) found lots of shell treasures including a really nice ALPHABET CONE…

Sanibel Louise Debra Maine

Another Shelling Sista Susan and her husband Gary (Maryland) found two big LIGHTNING WHELKS out on the sand bar.

gary susan shelling shirt

Congrats! These babies will clean right up with sharp pick and a little bleach.

2 lightning whelks gary

My fave find of the day was this sweet little baby KING’S CROWN…

kings crown juvie

Oh wait! I take that back. This would be my favorite….We saw a SEA HARE at Blind Pass! It was a SEA HARE raising experience. heehee

Sea hare nudibranch gulf

 I made a video for my post See A Sea Hare (check it out- you can see pictures of the ink squirting out) a while back but I wanted to show it to you again just in case you missed it.  Enjoy this funny little creature…

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Little Hickory Bonita FL

 This past weekend we drove 35 minutes from Sanibel to Little Hickory Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida in search of seashells.

Little Hickory Florida shells

 Walking north to the pass from the public parking lot (a bargain price of $2 for 2 hours) only took about 15 minutes to find loads of FIGHTING CONCHS.

bonita florida seashells

 After a few minutes more, Clark found a SAND DOLLAR…

sand dollar bonita florida

 I couldn’t get over how many MOSSY ARKS were washed up on the beach mixed in with a few pieces of CORAL and my fave of all faves… WORM SHELLS! They were only tips of WORMIES but any piece is a good piece in my book.

mossy ark coral worm shell

 I don’t think I have ever seen so many MOSSY ARKS in one place on any beach before so I gathered a few together to show you exactly what they look like.

Mossy Arks

I know, I know…. not the prettiest of shells but I don’t see them all that often on Sanibel so I was intrigued with them.

Mossy Ark bivalves

 Did I read your mind and know that it reminds you of another shell? It looks like  the TURKEY WING! The TURKEY WING and the MOSSY are both ARK shells so they are very similar but unfortunately, I think the MOSSY ARK got the short end of the stick when it comes to looks. ;( Here’s a comparison so you can see them side by side. The TURKEY WING is on the left…

mossy ark turkey wing interior

 Oops! I switched them in this next exterior photo, the MOSSY ARK is now on the left in this photo. You can now see how similar they are!

mossy ark turkey wing

 We had a wonderful day walking the beach and seeing different shells and the beautiful SANDWICH TERNS  and BLACK SKIMMERS…

sandwich terns black skimmer

 Along with the SAND DOLLAR, sweet Clark gave me a yellow DAISY that he found on the beach…

clark rambo flower

We weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the beautiful day in Little Hickory…

young child on beach shells

 Okay, while we are on the subject of Bonita Beach, I have to show you an article about iLoveShelling.com that was published in Coastal Life magazine of the News Press. Weehoo! Click on the logo to read it!

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Mar
26

Shelling On A Sanibel Sand Bar

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sanibel shell bag evelyn

There are swarms of seashells on the sand bar at Blind Pass Sanibel.

sand bar shells

I took my first steps on the beach this morning then spotted shellers on the sand bar with shell bags busting at the seams. It wasn’t even a really low tide! It was a 1.36 and usually this sand bar doesn’t start showing until it gets down to a .5 or lower so this was a nice surprise.

collecting seashells sanibel

Wading back to the beach with the seashell loot wasn’t too bad either.

wading water seashells

Evelyn (Delray Beach, FL) was thrilled with her shelling victory.

Evelyn shelling sanibel

Along with FIGHTING CONCHS, COCKLES and WHELKS, she found a SCOTCH BONNET! Great find, Evelyn! Congrats!

Evelyn Scotch bonnet shell

We’ve seen this sand bar change so often, haven’t we? It has built up slowly but I haven’t found the collecting to be as productive in the last months as it has in the past……until this morning! I shot a quick video just to show you how long the sand bar is now and how many people were shelling on it.YouTube Preview Image

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