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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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High Dry Sand Beach Finds at Blind Pass Sanibel

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blind Pass, Land Snail, Operculum, Shiva Shells, Southern Flatcoil Land Snail, Speckled Tellin, Tellin | 12 comments

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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.

Sanibel shells found high on beach

I found quite a few SHIVA SHELLS (CHESTNUT TURBAN OPERCULUM). Im rich! I found MERMAID MONEY! (or MERMAID TEARS)

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They were sitting in the sand just like this…

Shiva shell turban operculum found in the sand on Sanibel

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…

Turban mollusk operculum in Sanibel sand beach

Omigosh, then I found a SPECKELED TELLIN…

Speckled tellin shell in sand on Sanibel beach

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.

High dry sand beach finds Sanibel

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.

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I also found some CHESTNUT TURBANS as well.

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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!

Sanibel shells found high on beach

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Family On The Island

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Blind Pass, Captiva | 20 comments

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It’s beautiful on Sanibel and the shelling is fantastic this weekend.

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But the best thing is… I’ve got family visiting from Virginia Beach on the island!

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My mom, my sister Lynda and my brother Doug are here for a few days…

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We are enjoying everything about the island..

 

lots of shells washing with the surf

Especially the shelling.

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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!
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Juvie Junonia Sweet Success

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blind Pass, Blind Pass Video, Captiva, Junonia, Video | 30 comments

Junonia with clam shells on Sanibel

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!

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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.

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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…

Shells build up at Blind Pass Captiva at jetty

 

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.

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Beach Love And Seashells

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blind Pass, Blind Pass Video, Captiva, CyberShelling, Video | 25 comments

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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.

Dreaming of seashells, sunshine and blue ocean

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.

The perfect day. Beach, Waves and Seashells.

Each wave brings a special gift.

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With no preconceived expectations, the surprise of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures wash up is the greatest gift of all.
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Pam, Deb and Dave were there to see the glorious day over the weekend…

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They were happy to see FIGHTING CONSH, KITTENS PAWS, CERITHS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, colorful SCALLOPS, WORM SHELLS, COCKLES and WHELKS.

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There’s no better view in the world.

Flip flops and seashells on the beach. Paradise

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!

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Baby Ear Shells Heard Our Call

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Blind Pass, Captiva, Captiva Cruises | 21 comments

Collection of Baby ear shells on shelling trip

It was a BABY EAR kinda day on Cayo Costa.

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Aaron searches for some treasures in a nice high tide shell line

 

White baby ear shells and angel wings

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.

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Its worth going when u find a bag of beautiful dried SEA URCHINS.
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AND WHELKS

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And get to hang out with such nice folks.

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Tom even found a perfectly dried BRITTLE STAR high in the wrack line.

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Look how big Jennifer’s LIGHTNING WHELK is. Such a pretty color and pattern too.

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We had plenty of different wrack lines to hunt for shells.

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The water was perfectly clear with aqua stripes peeking out in the sunshine.

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Warren, Peg and Dave joined us again and of course Dave found an ALPHABET CONE.

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Look at the awesome group of Shellers!

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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! Cayo costa Florida sea urchins

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