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Oct
27

A Perfect Day For Shelling

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large whelk in Cayo Costa

It was a shelltabulous day on our iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises cruise to Cayo Costa today. Especially for Carol and Amy who found this perfectly gorgeous and empty LIGHTNING WHELK. Shellzam! Happy Birthday Amy!

Carol and Amy find large Whelk

We had so many very cool shellers on our boat trip today…

i Love Shelling group tour to Cayo Costa

Everybody found awesome shells.

Annette's Florida shells

Some of my fave peeps were on the cruise today… Jim and Annette from Shellabaloo 2. So good to see y’all!

Jim and Annette find shells

Jennifer from Colorado found a beautiful SEA URCHIN but realized it was still alive so she put it back on the water. Loree found several completely dried SEA URCHINS in the high tide wrack line so she shared one with Jennifer so she would have one to take home with her. You are so sweet L-O-R-E-E!

Loree and jennifer sharing shells

Florida purple sea urchin

Bill (Mr. Adorable) and Debbie found lots of shells but were also very happy to have received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress. Everybody on the cruise got the same $25 certificate! Sealife By Congress loves shellers!

Debbie and Bill with shelling group

These were Mr Adorable’s shells he arranged in his hand to show me. See how adorable?

Finding Florida shells

Talk about adorable… Sara and Travis from Nebraska snorkeled the whole time on our adventure…

Sara and Travis snorkeling for shells

This is only a smidgen of the shells they found. It was crazy how loaded the water was with shells.

sara's shells

Amy from Ft Lauderdale didn’t need a mask or snorkel. The water was so clear, she walked along the waters edge to find her mermaid loot.

Amy ft Lauderdale olives

She found these within 10 minutes of getting off the boat.

snorkeling for shells

Ruth and George came all the way from London, England to enjoy our weather and to find shells with us on the cruise.

Ruth and George from London visit Sanibel for shells

It was the perfect day! SAND DOLLARS, URCHINS, SUNRAYS VENUS, OLIVES, CONCHS and so much more.

Finding Seashells on group tour

Clifton from Alabama found SAND DOLLARS too.

Kliftin alabama find shells

They found plenty more but were the only ones to find a whole true ANGEL WING. Lucky!

bucket of shells

Vicki from Ontario, Canada found one too.

Vicki Ontario finds sand dollar

There were so many cool shellers and cool finds…

chris phil houston shell on cayo costa

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This is especially a cool piece of COQUINA LIMESTONE, don’t you think?

coquina limestone

We all were lucky to have had such a calm, beautiful day to anchor on the Gulf side of the island… right in the middle of the best patch of shells on the whole beach. Great job, Captains Keith and Kevin of Captiva Cruises.

playtime boat finds shells

Oh… and even after shelling all morning and finding so many treasures, Jennifer got off the boat, walked down the dock, looked in the water at McCarthy’s Marina then pulled this perfect LIGHTNING WHELK out of the water. hahaha We all were so impressed! We started seeing other shells in the water so we started pointing out other things we could see from the dock. The whole day was a blast meeting such fun shellers and sharing stories.

McCarthy's Marina shelling

You can join the fun too… Reserve your spot on an iLoveShelling shelling adventure too- CLICK HERE  for dates.

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PS- still working on the iLoveShelling 5 year Shellaversary details… I promise, its coming soon!

Sep
15

Hidden Treasures Found on Cayo Costa

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sea shell beach treasures

Finally. After weeks of calm, hot weather in Lee County waiting to see treasures wash up on our beaches… we found them in Cayo Costa on our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.

beautiful shiny shells

Shellers were finding BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS, NUTMEGS, FIGHTING CONCHS and the shiniest most colorful LETTERED OLIVES I have seen in a while.

rachelle and justins shells

And then there’s this… James from Kentucky found a big beautiful HORSE CONCH completely intact. Shellzam! What a find!

James Kentucky vacations in Sanibel finds big shell

Not only were there shells, we saw plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery on our secluded island.

island beach bling

Our boat was filled with shellers from all over the world who got to know one another and share experiences AND share the shells they were finding.

boating to shell island

It was so much fun to meet beach explorers like Dominic finding treasures with his family from Ohio.

Cayo Costa cruise

And to see hawk eye shellers Rachelle and Justin again (they were on our May cruise too!) not only finding amazing shells but I think they gave away more than half of the shells they found. Shellers are awesome!

rachelle justin iloveshelling cruise

We were finding shells just at the water’s edge…Cayo Costa shell collecting

as well as on the beach and wading waist high.
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Shelling Sister Susan and Jerry from Panama City were thrilled to find beautifully patterned double SUNRAY VENUS shells half buried in the sand.

Susan Jerry Panama City visit Sanibel for shells

Kathy from Tulsa was on our cruise too! She still has her lucky Margarita bucket but since this one is on its last leg, I guess more margaritas are on order- whoohoo! I’m positive the next bucket will be lucky too.

kathy from Tulsa with big bucket of shells

Its so much fun to hang out with other happy shellers and especially to see the excitement when there are lots of treasures piling up in all sorts of shell bags and buckets.

bucket of shells

And of course…. everybody on the cruise got an unbelievable $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress!!! Sealife By Congress thinks shellers are awesome too!

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Join us on one of our next Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa on one of these dates…

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Or join us for other iLoveShelling shelling adventures CLICK HERE

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Aug
15

Snorkeling For Sea Urchins On Cayo Costa

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Finding Sea Urchins in Sw Florida

Look at all of the stunning purple SEA URCHINS shellers were finding on Cayo Costa yesterday on our iLoveShelling cruises to Cayo costa with Captiva CruisesI’ve never seen so many people finding these fragile treasures like I did yesterday. Wow! Amy and her daughter Rachel (IL) started snorkeling in the calm clear water as soon as they go to the island then hit a honey hole to fill up their shelling bag with these beauties.

Snorkeling for shells in southwest Florida

Lynda and her Aunt Rhonda were having the same luck while snorkeling. These SEA URCHINS are so cool!

Lyndy with her Aunt Rhonda snorkeling in SW Florida

The SEA URCHINS were such a treasure but then I was really amazed when I saw Rhonda pull up this huge double ANGEL WING. Yes! Both sides were still together! Shellzam!

double angel wing found snorkeling

Lauren, John, Valerie and Jessica from Maryland found lots of beautiful empty FIGHTING CONCHS as soon as we got off the boat.

Lauren John Valerie Jessica from Maryland find seashells in SW Florida

They are such a shelling family, I don’t think they were going to miss a thing… They found all of these SEA URCHINS too.

Sea Urchins found on island off Sanibel

Holly (OH) and her mom Karen (FL) not only looked like rock stars in their cutie petutie cover-ups on (heehee)…

Holly (OH) and Karen (FL) find shells on island off Sanibel

They found oodles of double SUNRAY VENUS clams, COCKLES and found a SEA URCHIN too.

Sea Urchin with Cockles and Sunray Venus shells

Lisa from Atlanta joined us again on another shelling cruise! I met her on last years cruise when she found an Arrowhead Sand Dollar.

Lisa collects shells on island off Sanibel

This year she found lots of different shells… and showed me her picture perfect display of her fave treasures. Love it!

shells found on island off Sanibel

Judy B was on the cruise too!  I can’t tell you how fun it is for me to see people I feel like I know from conversations on my blog. She is always so helpful with comments in my posts and has such a happy attitude all the time. It warms my heart.

Judy B with shells from Cayo Costa

She was excited to find a SPECKLED TELLIN (they are fairly uncommon to find on Sanibel and Captiva), EGG COCKLE and ALTERNATE TELLIN.

Judy fave shell finds

So this is how amazing this world is… Judy is the person who gave me my SAND DOLLAR charm from Sealife By Congress that I wear on my DOSINIA shell. She gave this to me last year on an iLoveShelling cruise- I’m not sure why she gave it to me but I loved it, still love it and am grateful she thought of me.

seashell necklace with silver charm

When we met last year we both had the same silver Queen Conch shell from Sealife By Congress (that she wore yesterday) so maybe she knew I had lost mine (in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba- since queen conchs aren’t a local shell maybe it wanted to go back to the Caribbean- heehee).

Judy B with shells from Cayo Costa

So this is kinda one of those “Pay it Forward” stories.

Fast forward to this year…. Yep! These are the same charms that you will receive on every featured iLoveShelling cruise in the form of a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress . You can choose your fave shell!

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Isn’t that awesome? So Judy received one of these certificates yesterday on the cruise to get another charm or pendant for the one she gave me. And everybody else got one too! Yay! Thank you Sealife By Congress!

$25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress

So not only did we have a blast shelling on one of the most beautiful islands in the world…

Abbie and Cooper from Colorado find shells in Florida

We all found different shells…Andy from Colorado finds a white crested Tellin shell in Florida

Greg PA finds cockle shells on shelling cruise

Coby and Mady find shells in southwest florida

Donna from Gainsville FL finds worm shell on Cayo Costa

We found fabulous BEACH BLING like this COQUINA LIMESTONE.

coquina limestone Drusilla and Linda Canada

We made wishes on the shell tree for more perfect days like this.

Nancy from Ohio makes a wish on the seashell tree

We saw lots of healthy creatures…live fighting conch sw florida

…living their lives in such a beautiful habitat.
Live periwinkle shells in Florida

baby starfish from iLoveShelling cruise

live starfish on the beach

As we watched DOLPHINS and MANATEES playing around us…

McCarthys marina manatees on Captiva

In calm clear waterMcCarthys marina manatees on Captiva

I hope you get to join us for one of these special events with Captiva Cruises…

Captiva Cruises Playtime shelling boat

Check out our new upcoming dates and call 239-472-5300 to reserve your spot.

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And check out all of the iLoveShelling Shelling Adventures…

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