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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 .

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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bobcat kitten baby on deck sanibel island florida

Baby BOBCATS! What a SPECTACULAR sighting on Sanibel island! Actually, seeing the mama BOBCAT was incredible enough but to see three kittens tagging along after her made my heart sing! She was already teaching her children the ropes of living on Sanibel by taking her three kittens out for a stroll around my friend’s back yard.

Bobcat mother 3 kittens sanibel florida nature

Watching the mother through a closed screened window, we were able to see her gather her kittens from under the house. She has obviously been living in this same area for a while and trusts my friends since she decided to make her den under their deck of the pool.

mom bob cat kittens babies sanibel island florida

They are so stinkin adorable! She looked up at the window a couple of times after an uncontrolled high pitched squeak came out of my mouth. “OOAAHH!” I just wanted to squeal in delight every single minute while seeing these sweet little faces!

bobcat with 3 kittens sanibel island florida wildlife

Get ready for warm and fuzzies, y’all….

bobcat kitten on rocks sanibel island florida

Then she took them on a short walk through the woods to teach them where they will live when they get older.

bobcat wildlife sanibel island florida swfl lee county

Good Mamma!

adult mother bobcat with baby kitten sanibel island florida

This one is the mischievous one. I can already tell this one is going to be the one that drives the Mamma nuts with worry. Ha!

baby bobcat juvenile kitten sanibel island florida

Believe it or not, she laid down in the shady brush just behind the house where we witnessed her nursing the babies. How did I get so lucky to see this? I have never been happier in my life living on this island where we can see the wonders of Mother Nature at her best and her fascinating wildlife. Thank you MN and to my friends that let me crowd the only window in the house to witness such a beautiful event. Oh But Wait!!!!

sanibel bobcat nursing kittens

I have a video of the babies!!! SpeCATular! Meow. YouTube Preview Image

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2011 Top 10 i Love Shelling Posts

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My Top 10 Most Fave Posts Of 2011! 

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been an amazing year on the beach so I thought I’d look back on all of my favorite posts of 2011. I realized not all of my favorite days were completely about seashells. Some of my favorite days of 2011 have been about the wildlife I’ve experienced because of my obsession (ha!) passion for shelling. So I’m starting with #10 then counting down to my number ONE favorite post. I bet you guess what that will be- heehee. Click on each title or photo to read each post…


Tips To Decorate Your Home with Seashells

Seashell mirror top dmm


Seashells Swarm The Shell Fair

Junonia shell collection


Sorting Seashells For The Holidays

sorting seashells identification


Bobcat On North Captiva Beach

Bobcat on Florida Beach


Top 10 Reasons Why I Love The Beach

Reasons why I love the beach- sea oats


Road Trip For Seashells In The Florida Keys

MurexKen with Queen Conch


Splish Splash Sanibel Dolphins Having a Blast

Sanibel Dolphin at sunrise


An Octopus Hatching Babies Video

octopus eggs hatching


Roseate Spoonbills By Sanibel Causeway Video

Roseate Spoonbill Sanibel


 #1 Favorite !!!!!     (Of Course, right?!!!)

There’s A New Super Sheller In Town!

My first junonia aperture


These were my favorites, what was your fave iLoveShelling post of 2011?