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Abshellute Shellmania!

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Sea Life | 22 comments

I was at Blind Pass Captiva to witness three JUNONIAS being found after we had a nice storm from the gulf last week. It was shellmania at its best!

Jo was a little too shy to have her photo taken but this was first one she found… Yup! I said FIRST one.

She found TWO!

Barbara found a JUNONIA too! Can you believe all of her other shellmazing finds too??

Sisters Cathy and Linda found some crazy shelltastic finds.

Here are just a few gorgeous specimens…

Wanna peek inside one of the bags? Me too! So I clicked a photo of the inside of Cathy’s shell bag. Oh My!

Julia and Ashlee were on top of the huge shell mound just raking it in…

I couldnt believe the TULIPS…



The shells came in so quickly and the pile got so shellnormous, everybody started digging to find treasure after treasure.

See the waves crashing over the top of the huge shell pile? The shells just kept rolling in with every wave.

This SCOTCH BONNET was probably the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time. Honestly, it was like shellphoria!

Ooooo and the ALPHIES…

But wait…. this may be the most spectacsheller shell find last week. Heather found not just a LION’S PAW, but she found…. wait for it…. a HAIRY TRITON. And the HAIRY TRITON had hair!

The HAIRY TRITON is more rare than the JUNONIA so I am soooo thrilled for her. Congratshellations Heather!

hairy triton lions paw mollusk sea shell

Just so you know, a huge shell pile with JUNONIAS, SCOTCH BONNETS and big LIGHTNING WHELKS  doesn’t happen very often but when it does we all shellebrate. This happened last weekend and it was SO MUCH FUN and all of us are so thankful we got experience it. Later in the week the wind shifted so lots of the shells got swept away…. but now the wind has picked up and shifted again. Yay! Maybe we’ll have another round of shellmania soon but who knows… it’s Mother Nature. She likes to keep us guessing!

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A Golden Day on Cayo Costa

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 5 comments

We started our day with golden sunshine, blue skies, turquoise water and a beautiful boat ride to the island of Cayo Costa to hunt for seashells. We stepped off the Captiva Cruises boat to find the beach looking like this…

By the end of the trip, I was happy to see there were so many beautiful treasures.

I got to finally meet Marianne, Jan and Brian from the Netherlands! Long story short… but I was thrilled to see they are happy and healthy with such an incredishell shelling eye- Way to go Brian! (Thank you so much for the awesome goodies!)


Cutie Shellootie alert!

When we first got to the beach, it looked like a million little white CLAM shells and nothing else…. but then…. Oh Oh Oh! BABY’S EARS!

I love shelling alongside eagle eye guys like Bob when I happen to say “somebody just found a BABYS EAR- start looking for them!”. He’s like Super Sheller Clark when I want him to start looking for a particular shell… Boom Shellalaka! He found not just one but two.

Two days after the cruise, I ended up shelling right along side these super shellers at Blind Pass. So happy you came to Cayo Costa!

Yall should look for these gals on the beach whenever you have any questions ;). They knew all the really cool unusual types of shells out there.

Yay! So good to see yall!

Another BABYS EAR! But eeek… Im so bad on names- please forgive me yall. Thank you for giving me another article on COWRIES, another Miss Cutie Shellootie. (She gave me a COWRIE she found in Hawaii but I couldnt remember the name of it… it’s a SERPENT HEAD COWRIE.)

Be still my heart… I knew this was gonna be a fun cruise when I met these shellers. I meant to ask about her shelling bag… that design is so darn cute.

Talking about hearts… I think she made the whole trip filled with warm heart-filled joy by talking about all the fun shelloot she’d found on the beaches before the cruise. Then she found a gorgeous scallop actually shaped like a heart. It wasn’t broken… it truly had grown with a dip down in the middle so it looked just like a heart. Sharing the shellove.

Then I met this awesome family…

We got to talking on the way back .. then Tyler shows me an OLIVE. “Do you think this is a GOLDEN OLIVE?” he asked.

Shellzam! Heck yea thats a GOLDEN OLIVE and it’s perfect and buttery rich. Wow- Congrats!

golden olive butter color

PS- Awesome shelling at Blind Pass this weekend- photos and story coming up soon. ;)

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She Saw Seashells at Sunset Down By the Sanibel Lighthouse

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Sea Life | 17 comments

Evening walks on the beach by the Sanibel Lighthouse have been so lovely this week…. or should I say “shellovely” since beachcombing has been so much fun finding a few shells here and there too. ;)

Carlos and Stephanie actually found more than just a few… Wow! It really didn’t look like there were that many big shells on the beach but they have exceptional sheller’s eyes. They both said they had a blast working at getting that keen shelling focus in tune.

Marjorie found two pretty spectacsheller double SPINY JEWELBOXES completely empty with gorgeous colorful insides. Look at those amazing spines.

I was shelling too (of course…. duh. heehee) but mostly I was taking in some much needed beach therapy. I haven’t been able to take advantage of my long beach combing walks much this winter because of one reason or another. Real life happens even in paradise but to be able to see this makes me able to breathe again. I hope you can see those cute little tiny BUBBLE shells and a sweet little WHELK in this next photo set off with colorful puffy clouds and it makes you breathe a bit easier too. They are truly miracle workers.

Sheeesh and then the sun setting over the Sanibel pier…. be still my heart.

Ahhhhh and the perfect ending to a beautiful evening….

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Boating to a Seashell Sandbar

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 12 comments

Most of the out islands in Southwest Florida are really just big sandbars… big ole sandbars with seashells.

Lots of these big ole sandbars like Big Hickory island are only accessible by boat … so that’s why we took Sight-Sea-R Cruises last week for our iLoveShelling adventure.

We had so many very cool shellers on board!

My favorite families…

Oh so sweet and adorbs! 😍

We had artists gathering for shell projects- good luck with your WORMIE frame!


Gathering for shell decorations for their upcoming wedding- congrats and best wishes y’all!

It was just so dang fun!

Everybody was finding these completely dried itty bitty teenie weenie little SAND DOLLARS way away from any damp sand up on the high wrack line.They must have gotten washed up weeks ago with the high winds then stranded in the hot sun. As we know, Mother Nature has her reasons.

It was like an EASTER egg SAND DIME ;) hunt.

The water was so calm and clear, it was perfect for finding FIGHTING CONCHS, OLIVES, TULIPS and WHELKS.

Shell Shell Horray!

We also got to check out the OSPREY nest with a baby.

Not only do we all get together for these events to be on the warm beach collecting gifts from the sea and witnessing amazing wildlife… we get to learn from each other. It’s such a pleasure to meet smart, interesting, lovely folks who want to share their knowledge as well. Thank you!

There’s always something to learn from the sea.

identify seashell shell

identify beach bling






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Easter Boating with Super Sheller Clark

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Sea Life | 11 comments

Happy Easter every bunny! 

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