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Shelling Where The Wind Blows

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises | 5 comments

Shells. Shells. And more shells!

We had quite an iLoveShelling adventure on our Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo Costa because the strong winds made the low tide way lower than predicted. It was so low the boat couldn’t make it through the channel to go to our regular dock sooooo… Captains Kelly and Elliot made the decision to take us to another part of the island. It was so awesome!

Some times ya just gotta go where the wind blows. I think we would have been happy where ever we landed but it turned out this beach was loaded with huge COCKLES and double ALTERNATE TELLINS…

And BABY’S EARS!

And perfectly dried STARFISH in the highest driest wrack line.

There were large piles of shells to just plop down to do the Sit N Sift …

And areas around the tree roots where lots of shells collected.

It was so much fun to meet other shellers who were so excited to see other people finding shells too. I don’t think any of these gals came together on this trip but ended up gathering around and oohing and ahhhhing at each others shell finds. This is the best!

It was also so much fun to see my  Instagram [email protected] on the boat. Y’all are so dang cute!

So many cool shellers finding cool shells…

What an adventure! The wind calmed down as quickly as it came in and the day was gorgeous. It was so much fun to be able to share it with these peeps.

Muriel, you make me smile, Shelling Sister. :)

Oh wait! And yes, we also found double FALSE ANGEL WINGS!

Mark found his first ANGEL WING as well…

Then when we got back to the boat, he showed me the shell his wife Sonya found… a BABYS EAR. But OMG not just any BABYS EAR…. she found a BROWN MACULATED BABYS EAR! Shellzam!

So cool to see so many different varieties of shells found…

Beautiful displays of faves on the boat.

That’s the beauty of shelling…. everybody sees something different and everybody thinks different things are beautiful. I was one of the last people to pass by this shell pile to find this LIGHTNING WHELK was still there for the picking’.  Click on this next photo for a little CYBERSHELLING – did ya see it right away?

i Love Shelling on Cayo Costa. ;)

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Just a Drop in the Shell Bucket

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Blind Pass, Captiva, Lighthouse, Sanibel | 20 comments

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This is just a drop in the shell bucket of what I saw yesterday at Blind Pass Captiva… Turner Beach.

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beach combers on pile of shell collecting seashells What a beautiful sight..

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Captiva Island Florida's shell beach collecting seashells on shell beach Sanibel Captiva Floridahundreds of seashells wash up on shell beach Sanibel Captiva My favorite finds of the day? Alex and a JUNONIA cob!boy with junonia shell boys hand filled with seashells A few hours later I couldnt help but feel curious about what Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach looked like. This nice little storm brought in a beautiful wrack line all the way around the tip and as far as my eye could see. Shell heaven!
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Making The Mosta At Cayo Costa

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 10 comments

What a beautiful sight to see!

Cayo Costa loaded with shells this week.

OLIVES and SHARKS EYE

and WHELKS , Oh my!

Exciting finding a beach buck

on shallow water bars… what luck.

Oooh how we swoon

over GAUDY NATICA moons

Blue skies and calm water swells

Make it easy to find mini shells.

SEASTARS with new arms

Smiles with lotsa charms


It doesn’t get much better than these cuties

With soooo many shell-looties!!!!

Our iLoveShelling Adventure was such a blast

Catch our next Captiva Cruise before its passed.

Heeehee- just felt like a little rhyme time today…. But seriously, we had so much fun and I’ve got new dates for iLoveShelling cruises! Check them out CLICK HERE

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Best Gifts From The Sea

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 24 comments

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For me, the best gifts seem to come with an experience like beach combing. With an assortment of shells and bling at the end of the day, it reminds me of my entire walk on the beach hearing the ocean splash on the sand while scanning the beach for different shells.

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When I see kids getting excited about finding treasures, it reminds me of my first beach finds.

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I got to share the excitement of amazing gifts of the sea on a shell filled beach last week on Cayo Costa with our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.

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The beach was loaded with LETTERED OLIVES, WHELKS and CONCHS (and SUNRAY VENUS and CALICO CLAMS) but I also found an ALBINO FLORID PRICKLY COCKLE (with a red COQUINA inside) and a ROSY WOLF SNAIL (bottom shell in my hand).

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We found a huge live LIGHTNING WHELK too then quickly placed it back in the water.

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My favorite part of this trip was to meet awesome people that love shelling as much as I do.

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Thank you for such a nice day and for your gifts as well :).

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And thank you for sharing your artful eye ;) ….

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Everybody received not only shells but as on every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received another gift…

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It was a joyous day.

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I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful holiday as much as we are. I’ve been a little occupied with family of course during this season…. and also celebrating a new family member. This was the best gift Clark and I could have asked for. Meet our new rescue kitten Prince Harry (he’s a “hairy” red head, very charming and a little bit of a bad boy heehee) aka Cat 5 (short for CATegory 5 HarryCain- because he’s our 5th cat together and his adopted name was Cain  hahaha). Our 15 year old Dustie (DustBall) loves him already too. I have to admit…. he’s so stinkin’ cute, it’s hard to do anything else but play with him.

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Being In the Right Place For Shelling

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Blind Pass, Captiva | 12 comments

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There are days when you totally know you’re in the right place at the right time. Since returning from my shelling trip to Eleuthera, after a few days I finally checked my iLoveShelling Facebook page to find to see what I missed on our local beaches. Omigosh I got this wonderful post from Todd Schwartz….

 

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Vroom… Vroom… I hopped in the car to check it out. Yes! The shells were still there and only 3 people were sifting through the pile. (The waves can take the shells back to the sea as quickly as they come in so I had no idea if they would still be there since it was the day before when Todd posted)

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So I dove right in to shelling when this guy in the blue shirt looks at me … “Are you Pam?” hahaha “Uhhh yea”. It was Todd!

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He was back again and just had found a gorgeous GAUDY NATICA.

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I turned around and Annie found this perfect ZIGZAG FLAT SCALLOP.

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Just as I was about to leave, this empty LIGHTNING WHELK rolled up in the waves. It was a pretty special moment because Sue and I sorta found it together (long story). It was one of those mornings that the 4 of us were in the right place at the right time.

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Thank you for posting that photo so I didn’t miss this awesome day.

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There’s still room on our iLoveShelling Adventure cruise to Big Hickory on the Sight Sea-R tomorrow… so join us! CLICK HERE for all upcoming trips.

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Happiness On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Bald Eagles, Birds, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 25 comments

Lettered olives found on Cayo Costa on blue shell net

We saw a LETTERED OLIVE “garden” on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling boating adventure with Captiva Cruises

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It took a little walk to the north of our boat to find this massive mound of seashells but… Wow! There it was…. a big fat beautiful pile of treasures washed up on the beach.

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Quite a few OLIVES were rolling around in the water as well.

An Olive! And another one…. and another one… and another one 🐚🌊 @captivacruises

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And a WENTLETRAP!

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So much fun to experience this shell hunt with folks that feel the same way about shelling as I do…

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And sharing shells and experiences…

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Always makes me happy to spend time with great friends…

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And to catch special appearances of wildlife like this pair of BALD EAGLES as we passed North Captiva island on the way back to McCarthy’s Marina. Thanks to captains John and Elliot for getting our boat close enough to see these majestic creatures.

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And thank you to all of these amazing shellers!

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PS- My apologies to these awesome folks for this delayed post (before Thanksgiving)… as this was a very bitter sweet day for Clark and me. After only 3 years of age, we lost our sweet, smart, funny, entertaining, amazing little PuppyCat to kidney issues this same day. I’m grateful to each and every person on this cruise which gave me laughter and much needed heartfelt happiness helping me more than you can imagine.

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Especially to Kaitlyn….

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