This is just a drop in the shell bucket of what I saw yesterday at Blind Pass Captiva… Turner Beach.
What a beautiful sight..
An extremely large shell pile to pick through.
collecting seashells on shell beach Sanibel Captiva Florida My favorite finds of the day? Alex and a JUNONIA cob! 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!
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….
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)
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!
He was back again and just had found a gorgeous GAUDY NATICA.
I turned around and Annie found this perfect ZIGZAG FLAT SCALLOP.
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.
Thank you for posting that photo so I didn’t miss this awesome day.
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!
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.