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This Thanksgiving holiday weekend has been such a Shellaganza in Southwest Florida, it’s been hard to choose which beach to shell first! But as you know by my last post, we chose to shell Blind Pass Captiva on Thursday and hit the mother load. I’m so happy we found soooo many good shells, but it’s not only that we found shells… I’m thrilled that everybody found amazing shells like this…
And I got to meet so many awesome shellers like Skip and Tina. Tina found the spectacsheller SCOTCH BONNET and Skip found the amazing ALPHABET CONE, FLAT SCALLOP and gorgeous TRUE TULIP. And those were just a few shells they found. Their bag (in the first photo) was filled to the brim with incredible shells. It was a pleasure to meet you both!
I also met Jessica, Lyle and Matthew from Virginia who now know how addicting shelling can be after finding so many shells like this in only a couple of hours. They didn’t know the names of many of the shells, so I peeked in their bags to tell them the names of most of the shells in their bags… LIGHTNING WHELKS, FIGHTING CONCHS, APPLE MUREXES, LETTERED OLIVES, BANDED TULIPS… But OMG, Wait!
Jessica found a CABRITS MUREX! Boom Shellalaka! It was mixed in with all of the other shells and had a small hole in it but I told her that was a pretty rare shell to find in our area. Very nice find!
James and his brother Jacob (from Chicago) are experienced shellers who named all of the shells they found – which BTW, was very impressive. It tickled me so much though when James snatched a perfect bright orange HORSE CONCH out of the water and shouted “Score!”. Yes you did, Jacob!
It was so much fun to see everybody finding such beautiful treasure. Local sheller Roma (who never lets me photograph her- silly girl ) never even got wet by the waves as she sat in the shell pile digging away. She found all of these shells in one small area…
As you saw in the video on Thanksgiving Day, Clark didn’t want to get wet since we had plans later in the day for our big meal but after finding these 2 ALPHABET CONES right next to each other coming in with surf… it was all over.
Super Sheller Clark was soaked by the time we got to our car.
Uuuuuhhhhh… and so was I.
A few minutes after Clark took that picture, I found a JUNONIA! Yes, it is a little beat up and cracked but I was very thrilled! I showed it on my last post but I love that photo so much, here it is again. These were the best of our finds on Thursday…
After shelling for countless hours Thanksgiving morning, we decided it was time to pack it up. While loading up the car with all of our loot, we met this sweetheart family Linda, Eliana and Nik from Pennsylvania ready to adventure out to find their own treasures. Prepared with shelling scoops, bags and a fantastic attitude I’m sure they found all of the shells they could hope for. So nice to meet y’all!
But that’s not all folks! I know this is a long post but I have so much to catch you up on since … really…. its been a Shellaganza. I have met so many nice folks while shelling and that was just on Thursday. I want you to meet more folks that I was shelling with yesterday (Friday) at Blind Pass (Turner Beach) it was a Sit N Sift kind of day…
The shells weren’t crashing up on the beach any more but they were buried in a mound of shells. These were all found sittin’ ‘n siftin’ by Jeff and Donna from Palm Beach Gardens….
Isn’t that amazing? Jeff and Donna were sitting right here to find a CARRIER SHELL, GAUDY NATICA, SHARKS EYES, ALPHABET CONES, FLORIDA CONES, FLATS, TULIPS… and on and on. Love it!
Shelling Sistah Connie Knight was deep into the shelling zone with her cute hat and tee on
It was so much fun to meet her shelling family on this big pile of gems… meet Zach, Lori and Nate with Connie all visiting from Iowa
I always love to see that rich chocolate color in the LACE MUREX Nate found along with his other favorite shells…
Local shellers Bob and Sue couldn’t resist sifting through the pile looking for a few unusual shells but I think were having more fun giving OLIVES to the other shellers. There were so many OLIVES!
I met sweet Patti Goodwin on last month’s iLoveShelling Cruise to Cayo Costa (“Woop!” heehee) but this time I got to meet her husband Curt too. They arrived when I was about to leave so I hope y’all found some good treasures.
I saw Becky and Wade again too. They had been at the Lighthouse Beach on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and told me it was a great day shelling there too.
Wade found this Mega True Tulip at Lighthouse Beach! Woohoo! It was a fabulous day on all of the beaches of Southwest Florida!
Since returning from Cat Island, things have been a whirl wind… literally… with the wind whipping from the north bringing such exciting shelling days for us here at home. Then preparing for the big holiday, I haven’t been able to find one extra second to clean our Caribbean shells from our vacation or much less finish telling you all about it. I’m so sorry but when local shells arrive, I want you to know about it ASAP! So if you are anywhere near SW Florida and want to do a little shelling, most of the beaches have some great shells and some really interesting BEACH BLING to explore. Once I slow down and finish up local exploring (Island Inn beach has great shells too!) , I’ll share the rest of our adventure to the Bahamas so you will have more info on other shells from around the world.
Want to shell together? Join me on the next iLoveShelling Cruise to Cayo Costa Friday December 6, 2013 at 9am!
It’s always so nice to go on vacation, but I’m always so thankful to come home to such an amazing place like Sanibel. People always ask us why we want to go anywhere else on vacation when we already live in paradise. We love our sweet paradise but we also like the adventure of a new place. We love to explore the beaches of the world and to compare the different shells we find in different climates. But there’s no place like Southwest Florida. She welcomed us home with strong winds from the west to push some of our beautiful shells right up on the beach near the Sanibel pier today.
I found a sweet BABY’S EAR nestled inside a COCKLE shell filled with sand, water and some slipper shells. I’m so thankful I saw it hiding in there!
I saw Wade from Memphis with lots of loot too.
He found lots of APPLE MUREXES, small double SUNRAY VENUS clams, LIGHTNING WHELKS and TULIPS.
His mom (sweet Becky!) had some great finds of her own…
I couldn’t stand not knowing what was happening at Blind Pass so after I shelled at Lighthouse Beach, I drove to Captiva. The water was reeeaaally rough from the winds so there were some nice shells that came up with the high tide but not mounds…yet. This should be some good shelling very soon, folks…. I’m hoping. Just so you know before you go though- the parking lot at Blind Pass Captiva (Turner Beach) is closed for a renourishment project I told you about a couple of weeks ago. But.. I have some good news!
The Sanibel side parking lot of Blind Pass is still open. If you want to see if there are shells on the Captiva side … just walk across the bridge passed the Captiva parking lot then another few yards to a walking path to the beach. I took this photo on Captiva of the beach path and street so you could see how close it is to the Blind Pass bridge. Since the water is so rough right now the project is on hold so the guys doing the work will just have to play it by ear to see what Mother Nature has in store to have a completion date. I don’t have the answer to any more info on this project except how to get around the closed lot to the beach (for now) to do some beach combing … so If you have any questions about beach renourishment, please visit this link for Captiva Erosion Prevention District.
But hold on… I made one more shelling stop today too that was so awesome I just had to tell you about it. I went to the tip of Captiva to Redfish Pass on South Seas Island Resort and found a great shell mound forming already. Weehoo! So if you are lucky enough to be staying at South Seas Island Resort (the only way you can access this beach), you will have even more luck finding shells this weekend.
I’m very thankful to be home to our treasure islands and thankful to be able to share the bounty of the Gulf Of Mexico and our beaches. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy Thanksgiving, Pam and Clark.
PS- Part 3 of our adventure in Cat Island coming up next!
If you only like to shell at the lowest tide of the day, then you might be missing some great opportunities to see a shell pile from on the incoming tide. These Sanibel Stoop-ers caught the perfect incoming tide to snag some great shells being tossed up on the beach.
Actually, we met one of the Stoop-ers a couple of weeks ago. It’s Heidi from Kansas I blogged about while at Fort Myers Beach a couple of weeks ago! This time her family joined her in the shelling fun…. Jim, (Heidi), Pat and Heidi’s dad and newbie sheller Harold (Washington state) …. who, I must say, looks like he was tremendously enjoying his first time shelling.
He absolutely loves the SURF CLAMS! The plastic bag on the right is filled to the brim with them. They all kept saying “We don’t get shells like this where we live!”
Heidi definitely doesn’t get ALPHABET CONES where she lives so she let out a yelp when she plucked this beauty out of the water.
I took a photo of their hands with all of their favorite shells and for some reason… the photo didn’t take. Grrrrrrr. I hate when that happens! I’m so sorry- I wanted to show off all of your great finds! But this next photo basically shows the treasures that were filling their hands too- these are some of my finds. They had a few chips of JUNONIA as well…
Where did we find these you ask? This was about half a mile down from Blind Pass on the Sanibel side. See that palm tree in the background of this next photo? That’s right where that exposed old wooden sea wall is so we were about 75 yards further down the beach.
Along with the exposed sea wall, there are now lots of exposed tree roots too from erosion. I’ve never seen these exposed that much! These are perfect areas for shells to caught so I always like to search around any debris but this morning they were bare. I took this photo more towards the lowest tide when the shells had not even began to wash up on the beach. I didn’t have time to check them again after the big wash up… hmmm that might be my spot tomorrow.
I was thrilled to see Wendy again too! I met her last year after she found a gorgeous LIONS PAW and a huge HORSE CONCH … and she’s having just a good luck this year.
She found the SANIBEL SIX! Along with her SANIBEL SIX (with 2 ALPHABET CONES), she found SAND DOLLARS and a huge WHELK this time. The WHELK looks a little beat up now but it’s going to clean up nicely.
I hope these shells stay here for a few more days. Please Mother Nature? I’d like to find the rest of that JUNONIA!
I’m so excited for our boat ride and shelling adventure to Cayo Costa on Thursday morning! Come with us! You can still join us by calling Captiva Cruises 239-472-5300 to reserve your spot on the iLoveShelling cruise November 2, 2013 at 9 a.m. Or CLICK HERE for more info and future Shelling Adventures…
PS- I know I promised the video of my low tide shelling the other morning but I still can’t get it to work. More technical difficulties… but no worries. I’ll give it another try tomorrow.
This ZIG ZAG FLAT SCALLOP is flat out gorgeous. I saw Barb from GA coming off the beach last night at Blind Pass with a bag filled with shells so I had to ask what she found.
She found five FLATS, OLIVES, TULIPS and a few other goodies (including that awesome piece of CORAL) as she waded in the water along the shore of Captiva. Now you can see how big that beautiful purple FLAT is…
There is a beach renourishment project on the northern end of Captiva right now so I’m sure some of that sand has shifted south already with the wind and currents. I haven’t been shelling near the dredging site since it began because there is no public parking. Rats! Besides the Blind Pass (Turner Beach) parking, there is only one other Captiva public parking lot – Alison Hagerup lot… but that is closed to the public until they move the project equipment. Can you believe how much sand has filled in near the jetty rocks? Hmmm… but not many shells on the beach- only sand. Yall know how fast the beach can change so if I know of any shell piles showing up, I’ll keep you posted. But remember, Barb found her shells in the water.
As Barb and I talked about her shells, the sun was setting right in front of us. Ahhhhh. I love a Captiva sunset.
PS- I just heard there are a few shells at Bowman’s Beach as well. After adding this sunset photo, I saw that Lisa S. posted this next photo on iLS Facebook page. She said “I had to really work for it, but these beauties were all found on Bowman’s Beach today! I was so excited to find my first Alphabet cone!” Congrats on finding your first Alphie Lisa!
The weekend started with a lovely walk on the wide shell strewn beach at Gulfside City Park where I was pleasantly surprised to bump in to our good friends Dick and Mary. We were all waiting to see how Tropical Storm Karen (churning in the middle of the Gulf Of Mexico) would effect the shelling on our southwest gulf coast. It was still beautiful and calm with lots of bivalves, some OLIVES, MUREXES, SEA BEANS, CONCHS and a few other goodies.
My next stop was Blind Pass Captiva where I saw Donnie (the Shellinator), Alyssa, Holly, Valerie and Michael in the water snorkeling for their treasures. They were having a ball!
Ooooo… pretties! I wish I had gotten a better picture of that ALPHABET CONE next to the SAND DOLLAR. Donnie called it a MeglaCone it’s so huge. LOL
Gerry found tons of shells at Blind Pass on Saturday too. He posted this photo on the iLoveShelling Facebook page. Wowee!!
That big shell mound I showed you last week was dwindling down but there were still a few shells on the beach but most were finding them in the water…
Even at YOLO beach, there were shells lining the calm shoreline. It was a perfect day to rent a wave runner to explore the whole coast of Captiva.
So that brings us to the shells we found this evening around sunset at Blind Pass Sanibel. Clark found a piece of JUNONIA along with some CONCHS and WHELKS…
But the only place we found lots of shells was right in front of the old wooden bulkhead which is now more exposed than I’ve ever seen.
The rest of the beach was wiped clean… all in one afternoon! William and Sarah from Kentucky were not too upset about the shells being taken back out in the water. They said they have been shelling a long time and realize that the beach changes every day. They just started their week long vacation so they are looking forward to the hunt for shells. That’s part of the fun!
This is what Blind Pass Captiva looked like around 6pm tonight. It’s so different from yesterday… and waaaay different than last week with that shell mound. Tropical Storm Karen didn’t bring huge shell piles to our beaches over the weekend but we could still get some effects tomorrow. The beaches will change again tomorrow and the shells have shifted so I look forward to the treasure hunt this week.
The last I saw, Gulfside City Park still has a nice string of shell lining the beach so I might start there tomorrow.
But on Tuesday…. I’m so excited for our treasure hunt on the iLoveShelling Captiva Cruise to Cayo Costa! Wahooo! I hope you can join us to explore the secluded island … for information CLICK HERE
PS- UPDATE: 10-7-13 11:59 am – The winds have changed yet again but this time they are coming from the west and stirring the Gulf up. This is what Blind Pass Captiva is doing now. Mother Nature is fascinating. We should see more shells soon!
While the shells were washing up at Blind Pass Captiva in every nook …
Stan and Carolyn worked that pile at Blind Pass the entire weekend…
Then he found a sweet teeny tiny JUNONIA “cob” …
Then Vicky from South Dakota found a JUNONIA cob too.
They put them side by side so you can see why we call them “cobs”. The tip, tail and most of the body is still there but it looks like the middle was eaten…. like a corn cobb. Junonias must be delicious treats to BOX CRABS since they are most times responsible for cracking the JUNONIA shell to get to the mollusk inside. This makes it still a fun find and because of the hard edges, it becomes the perfect centerpiece for a wire wrapped pendant for jewelry!
While they compared JUNONIAS, Addy (South Dakota) plucked out an ALPHABET CONE
Clark and I heard that Lighthouse Beach had some good mini shells so we had to check it out. Yep! We didn’t find oodles of miniatures but I did find a few WENTLETRAPS and other cutie little shells …
Oooo… but Clark found a gorgeous TRUE TULIP along with a few other fab finds.
The shelling hasn’t only been great on Captiva and Sanibel, we also heard the shelling has been awesome all along the southwest Florida coast in Tarpon Springs, St Pete, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita, Naples and Marco. So I hope you’ve found some treasures as well if you’ve been on the west coast this week because you just never know what tomorrow might bring. If you’re on your way to the beach, dont forget to look in the nooks and crannies.
PS- I met so many people this weekend who found so many great shells, I may have gotten a few names backwards- Ack! So I’d like to apologize if I goofed anybody’s name!