While shelling at Blind Pass Sanibel, I took a little break to the high dry beach sand to drink some water and reapply some sunscreen. Most of you are the same way I am- anywhere on the beach I still can’t help but look for shells. So that’s what I did. Up on the dry sand away from the water… on the part of the beach most people stomp over on their way to the water’s edge… scanned the sand and look what I found.
I found quite a few SHIVA SHELLS (CHESTNUT TURBAN OPERCULUM). Im rich! I found MERMAID MONEY! (or MERMAID TEARS)
They were sitting in the sand just like this…
When I started getting excited to find them, I realized that I was missing some since they were upside down… errr… I call it “upside down” since the swirly part wasn’t showing like this…
Omigosh, then I found a SPECKELED TELLIN…
During my short rehydrating break, I found the SHIVAS, the TELLIN, BORING TURRETS, a bright orange FLY SPECK CERITH, MAUVE MOUTH DRILL and SOUTHERN FLATCOILS.
We find SOUTHERN FLATCOILS at Cayo Costa just about every trip in the high wrack lines. They are LAND SNAILS that get washed up on the beach with the sea weeds so you might find them in the same areas you find might find ROSY WOLF SNAILS and SEA PEARLS.
I also found some CHESTNUT TURBANS as well.
Along with finding DARK CERITHS, ROUGH SCALLOPS and APPLE MUREXES, all of these smaller surprise shells up on the high dry beach made my day that much more interesting. Love that stuff!
It’s beautiful on Sanibel and the shelling is fantastic this weekend.
But the best thing is… I’ve got family visiting from Virginia Beach on the island!
My mom, my sister Lynda and my brother Doug are here for a few days…
We are enjoying everything about the island..
Especially the shelling.
After I scoop up every single minute possible with my family, I’ll fill you in on all the other exciting things happening in the shelling world. Until then… shell on!
Finding a JUNONIA is always a sweet success but finding a teenie tiny juvie JUNONIA is (in my humble opinion) the best ever! My heart is so happy for shelling sistah “Diane From Tucson” because she is just about the sweetest thing put on this planet. Shellzam!
She found this special JUNONIA on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass down near that wood jetty that gets uncovered every once in a while. Congratshellations, Diane. Here she is looking for another one- heehee.
After hanging out with her for a while, I got the itch to see what was happening on the Captiva side of Blind Pass. Holy Cowrie! A huge shell pile was forming right before my eyes…
I’ve got so many photos but the best way to describe it is to show you in a video. Now, hang on… put your sea legs on and get your seasick patch secured because of course I was excited, overwhelmed and trying to shell while shooting this footage so I did the best I could to carry you along. You will see lots of things I missed so you might catch yourself yelling at me to pick them up… it’s ok. I understand and you can yell at me all you want because I did the same thing when I watched for the first time. There is another great WORMIE I missed. Ack! Anyway, Enjoy your time on the shell pile and I’ll show you more photos later.
It’s a special moment to witness the power of Mother Nature as she displays some of her greatest works of art at the tip of your flip flops.
It seems in the blink of an eye, there is a sand bar that formed between Sanibel and Captiva at Blind Pass... and the next moment there are new shells washing on top of it.
Each wave brings a special gift.
With no preconceived expectations, the surprise of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures wash up is the greatest gift of all.
Pam, Deb and Dave were there to see the glorious day over the weekend…
They were happy to see FIGHTING CONSH, KITTENS PAWS, CERITHS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, colorful SCALLOPS, WORM SHELLS, COCKLES and WHELKS.
There’s no better view in the world.
Take a little escape for a moment… Feel the sunshine and imagine your cute toes in flip flops… then click on this next video. Ahhhh. You feel it?
PS- Gulfside City Park has major Beach Bling too!
It was a BABY EAR kinda day on Cayo Costa.
Aaron searches for some treasures in a nice high tide shell line
Barbara’s faves 2 baby ears, angel wings and an urchin
BABY EARS, ANGEL WINGS and dried SEA URCHINS were some of the other goodies we found on our iLoveShelling cruise on Captiva Cruises awesome boat cruise.
It was a shellucky day! Espeshelly since we didn’t even think we could go due to the light rain. But after looking at radar and realizing no lightning, we took off anyway. Shellers are tough! Yep, We love shelling that much.
Its worth going when u find a bag of beautiful dried SEA URCHINS.
And get to hang out with such nice folks.
Tom even found a perfectly dried BRITTLE STAR high in the wrack line.
Look how big Jennifer’s LIGHTNING WHELK is. Such a pretty color and pattern too.
We had plenty of different wrack lines to hunt for shells.
The water was perfectly clear with aqua stripes peeking out in the sunshine.
Warren, Peg and Dave joined us again and of course Dave found an ALPHABET CONE.
Look at the awesome group of Shellers!
I was so tickled to see so many of the sweet mini SEA URCHINS after I just wrote my post on how to clean them. It’s SHELLENDIPITY!
After five days, the mound of shells that built up at Blind Pass Captiva last week is still producing exshellent finds.
There was a QUEEN HELMET found this morning!
Donna and Ray from North Carolina were sifting through this shelltastic pile this morning…
when Donna found that cutie little QUEEN HELMET, a SCOTCH BONNET, 2 ALPHABET CONES (a perfect one minutes after I snapped this photo), LETTERED OLIVES, APPLE MUREXES, CERITHS, AUGERS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, FIGHTING CONCHS and gorgeous CALICO SCALLOPS.
Matt and Monika from Ohio found a spot on shell mountain to dig out some gold too.
It was the first time visiting Sanibel and Captiva for Wenjin from New Jersey… she was in shell heaven!
Its the perfect paradise ending to 2014 with 80 degree sunny weather and seashells piled a mile high. Heaven on earth.
I took a random CYBERSHELLING shot on the top of the pile when I first got there. I hope you find a few goodies! (Warning: If you like KITTENS PAWS, you might want to take a big breath before you click on this next photo. heehee)