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Jul
30

Wild Sanibel Continues

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Sanibel live colorful coquinas

Wild Sanibel continues to be thriving with live creatures showing up in high definition color this week like oodles of these live COQUINAS near Lighthouse Beach.

Live coquina shells in the water

After a few days of west winds, bunches of Beach Bling washed ashore near the Sanibel fishing pier earlier this week.

Sanibel lighthouse shells and beach bling

We’ve been seeing hundreds of live LINED STARFISH and beautiful purple SEA WHIPS in the water.

Florida Gulf lined starfish with purple sea whip

There are so many 9 armed MILLIPEDE STARFISH as well…

9 arms Millipede Starfish Sea Star

This was one of the biggest live TRUE TULIPS I’ve seen in a while at low tide. Gorgeous and healthy.

Sanibel live true tulip

Now this guy was a little bit creepy. Lots of folks gathered around to see the bright orange snake slithering around the exposed concrete slabs in the water at the entrance of the Lighthouse. Since I had never seen this snake before on Sanibel, I texted my naturalist and shelling guide buddy Captain Brian Holaway to see if he knew.

Sanibel Mangrove Salt Marsh snake Florida Gulf

Of course he did! He told me it is a non-venomous MANGROVE SALT MARSH SNAKE (Nerodia clarkia compressicauda).  Whew- they aren’t poisonous so I took a minute to snap a few more photos and enjoy looking at how handsome he was.

Orange Sanibel florida Mangrove Salt Marsh snake non venomous in water

Just last night, Monica from Ocala found a few striking shells along with the brilliant test of a Purple SEA URCHIN.

Sanibel Sea urchin and sea shells

Another evening this week Clark saw Maria from Monrovia who found a huge empty HORSE CONCH walking in the water at Bowman’s Beach. Congrats Maria!

Maria Monrovia found a horse conch

I have been so consumed with the living wild creatures, I didn’t see many empty shells… but I’m very happy with one perfect PAPER FIG, a purple SEA URCHIN, 2 juvie FIGHTING CONCHS and a PEAR WHELK.

Sanibel Paper fig, sea urchin and conchs

 

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PS- I took a video of some of the live creatures to show you but for some reason in the last few months, it takes forever to download them. Now you know why I haven’t done many videos lately! ugh. When it is done, I’ll post it to Youtube- you can find me here…. https://www.youtube.com/user/pamrambo

Jul
27

Wildlife Week On Sanibel

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Pink, blue, purple, yellow, red and orange Coquinas

It’s wild how many colors and patterns of COQUINA shells my friend Celeste and I found last week on Sanibel.

coquina butterfly shell

Combing the beach to look for beautiful treasures is the best place in the world to catch up with a dear friend like Celeste- especially finding COQUINAS as colorful as she is.

Celeste on Sanibel beach

Oh yes, she is very colorful, wild and very talented. She was one of my first friends I met when we moved to Sanibel and she has kept me laughing ever since. She makes clay art that is as colorful as any COQUINA and she makes sealife for most of her pieces. I just have to show off one of her pieces to you… it has SEAHORSES, FISH, OCTOPUSES and even STINGRAYS.  You can see some of her other sealife inspired pieces at ABohemeLife.com .

Celeste art piece Fort Myers A Boheme Life

There was a lot of other wildlife happening on Sanibel this past week (other than hanging out with Celeste- heehee). DOLPHINS were racing up and down near the Sanibel pier.

Sanibel Dolphin pair

I also had another dear friend and wild woman in town… Lizbeth. All in one day on Sanibel, she and her family witnessed SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) count LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE  nest eggs (photo by Lizbeth)…

Sccf volunteers count sea turtle eggs

And… They they witnessed a rescued of two baby LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLES (photo by Lizbeth)…

Sanibel baby loggerhead sea turtles

And then…  she and her sister saw a BOBCAT cross a beach path (photo by Lizbeth) …

Sanibel Bobcat crossing a beach path

Then they saw a mother LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE laying eggs on the beach… and I got to see this one too! This photo is very dark and slightly pink because you can only have a red filtered light on the beach in SEA TURTLE nesting season (May through September) on Sanibel. We wanted to be very careful and respectful  while in the presence of this incredible creature in a moment like this. It’s a memory I will never forget. So cool!

Loggerhead sea turtle laying eggs on Sanibel beach

During daylight hours, SCCF marked the nest and reminded us of the full circle of SEA TURTLE EGGS of the weeks events.
Sanibel Loggerhead Sea turtle nest

Then the rain started. It has been raining and raining for days and it’s hardly stopped. I should record the crickets, frogs and croaking alligators that are loving it. My back yard is filled with water so our yard shells look like they’ve gone back to the ocean… covered with water. It’s actually a beautiful sight with everything so green and lush with the symphony of nature in the background. It’s been a wild week.

Sanibel horse conch in the rain

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Signs of paradise. Seashells, flowers and turquoise water

There’s such beauty surrounding Cayo Costa Island and we saw so much of it on our Captiva Cruises iLoveShelling beach combing adventure yesterday. Sierra from Arizona fit right in with all of the beauty.

Sierra from Arizona beach combing Florida

So did Alesa from Atlanta…

Alesa from Atlanta with Florida beach treasures

So did Alesa’s beach finds. Gorgeous!

Beach treasures finds on shelling trip

Everyone I met … happy and beautiful. Just like Addie, Annie and Ashlee from Kentucky.

Addie, Annie, Ashlee Kentucky visit Florida

Kelcey and Casey from Pennsylvania snorkeled in the beautiful water to find a few treasures.

Kelcey Casey from Pennsylvania snorkel Florida

Even the tree roots made for a beautiful seat for Bonnie from Texas to sort through her beach finds.

Beach combing the islands of Florida

She brought her beautiful family Sandy, Macy, Mason and Brian.

Sandy, Macy, Mason, Brian and Bonnie from Texas beach combing Florida

So much beautiful beach bling…

Florida beach bling finds

Candace, Leslie and her husband from Texas found a few treasures to make them happy.

Candace and Leslie from Texas beach combing Florida

Awwwww. Sweet Wendy. She actually made my day meeting her and talking with her on the beach about our love of shelling. She truly loves everything about the beach (xo).

Wendy from Illinois with autographed sand dollar

On the boat ride back Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth and Peyton from Orlando showed me their fave finds.

Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth, Peyton Orlando shelling cruise

Such beautiful colors…

Florida Beach finds July 2015

Cutie Maya from GA showed us his 2 fave finds … an ATALANTIC GIANT COCKLE and a SOUTHERN QUAHOG.

Maya GA cockle and quahog

Austin and Kathryn had the best beach bling find… a good size fish lure that Austin said will be perfect to catch a Cobia.

Austin Kathryn with beach bling lure find

It was such a pleasure to meet Martha, Linda, Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie and Grace from MO as well. Shellers have the nicest families!

Martha, Linda Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie, Grace MO on shelling cruise

 

Its always a special day when we see MANATEES swim by the shore just feet from the beach. We saw 2 of them!

Gulf Of Mexico Manatee

Each and every beachcomber on iLoveShelling adventures seems to be one big family at the end of the day. I love these days!i Love Shelling beach combing cruise

And to top it off… a few BABYS EARS too…

Baby's ear shell on the shady shelly beach

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