We found a huge “Sit ‘N Sift” shell pile on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises yesterday.
As always, there’s always a lot of sharing shells when awesome shellers get together.
Every single step through the island was a great exploration while hanging out with new friends.
While Michelle from Michigan was finding a few shells by snorkeling in the water….
Her daughter Mandy found a SUNRAY VENUS.
Lauren, Aaryn, Elizabeth, Jason and Jordan (Alabama) found lots of SUNRAY VENUSES too.
They found like 15 double SUNRAY VENUS shells plus a Lauren found a huge empty WHELK that will look beautiful when all cleaned up.
Cindy, Shelby, Steve and Madi (TX) were so much fun to hang out with.
Madi found lots of LETTERED OLIVES just at the waters edge. Thanks again Madi for the cute photo on Instagram!
The water was so warm and clear Lauren, George and Beth (NY) stayed in the water just about the whole time on the island.
Andrew, Mark and Daniel (NY) felt the same way. Mark told me that the water was still so cold up in Log Island so it’s a treat to be able to play in the warm water of the Gulf Of Mexico.
The water must be cold in Michigan too because Todd and Michelle were loving the water too.
Martha found a sweet BABYS EAR when she combed the tip of the island…
Look at that baby…. a baby Baby Ear.
After I snapped the photo of Marth’s BABY EAR, I waded into the water to check for shells since the water was so clear then saw a big black blob way out in the water… a MANATEE! I started my video to see if I could catch its cute little nose come out of the water…and then it turned for the beach… and head straight for me! And then… I started squealing. OMG so embarrassing that my voice goes into the highest silliest pitch you’ve ever heard. Hahaha You think I was a little excited?
Funny And amazing, huh? So who found those nice shells in the first photo? They were found by Noa and her mom Joann (Utah)… big smiles for a great day.
And I just had to get a picture of me with cutie shellootie Shelling Sistahs Tanya and Tammy from Texas who showed up in their cutie shelling tee shirts together. Love these girls.
Like every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received a $25 Gift Certificate from Congress Jewelers– Fun day!
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There’s such beauty surrounding Cayo Costa Island and we saw so much of it on our Captiva Cruises iLoveShelling beach combing adventure yesterday. Sierra from Arizona fit right in with all of the beauty.
So did Alesa from Atlanta…
So did Alesa’s beach finds. Gorgeous!
Everyone I met … happy and beautiful. Just like Addie, Annie and Ashlee from Kentucky.
Kelcey and Casey from Pennsylvania snorkeled in the beautiful water to find a few treasures.
Even the tree roots made for a beautiful seat for Bonnie from Texas to sort through her beach finds.
She brought her beautiful family Sandy, Macy, Mason and Brian.
So much beautiful beach bling…
Candace, Leslie and her husband from Texas found a few treasures to make them happy.
Awwwww. Sweet Wendy. She actually made my day meeting her and talking with her on the beach about our love of shelling. She truly loves everything about the beach (xo).
On the boat ride back Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth and Peyton from Orlando showed me their fave finds.
Such beautiful colors…
Cutie Maya from GA showed us his 2 fave finds … an ATALANTIC GIANT COCKLE and a SOUTHERN QUAHOG.
Austin and Kathryn had the best beach bling find… a good size fish lure that Austin said will be perfect to catch a Cobia.
It was such a pleasure to meet Martha, Linda, Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie and Grace from MO as well. Shellers have the nicest families!
Its always a special day when we see MANATEES swim by the shore just feet from the beach. We saw 2 of them!
Each and every beachcomber on iLoveShelling adventures seems to be one big family at the end of the day. I love these days!
And to top it off… a few BABYS EARS too…
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My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.
DOLPHINS were surrounding our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to our shelling adventure to Cayo Costa yesterday and I was lucky enough to catch this one’s dance. So cute!
When we pulled up to the island, the water was bright turquoise and the beach was beautiful… but seemed a little shell-less. Then Lynn and Bertha from Colorado showed me one of the biggest BABYS EARS I’ve ever seen.
Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.
I met so many awesome families like Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville. Whitney was happy to find a nice size ANGEL WING to add to her collection.
Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana found some treasures for their shell bags but Hannah carefully held a SAND DOLLAR that broke in two perfect halves to keep a couple of sweet “Doves” still inside safe and sound.
Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida found a BABYS EAR as well but I couldn’t keep my eyes off their darling hats. I need to start wearing a big floppy again too- adorable!
Erin and Maura from New Jersey snorkeled for the first time since the water was so clear but I found out later, Maura is like me… her mask always fogs up so she ends up combing the beaches instead.
Linda from Fort Lauderdale had her whole beautiful family with her -Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach- to shellebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday Linda!
Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.
Jack found the shell of the day! He saw a tiny bit of this big old LIGHTNING WHELK sticking out of the sand and got a little curious so he dug around it. Shellzam! It was a whole empty shell.
He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.
It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!
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The Gulf Of Mexico was clear, warm and bright turquoise at Cayo Costa this week for our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises. Just ask snorkelers Sue Ellen, Emma, Grace and Jeff from Louisiana.
Hayla, Hope, Linda and Todd from Tennessee were like little fish as they snorkeled the whole time- fun!
But even before we got to the island, California girls Teri and Allana and the whole boat witnessed…
A DOLPHIN show on the way to Cayo Costa…
Up on the beach, Kurt and Beverly from Minnesota were amazed by the JINGLE SHELLS. Kurt said “This should be called Jingle Beach!”.
Beverly showed me her hand filled with JINGLES along with a fave little SEA URCHIN and colorful COCKLE.
So pretty … and it really is “JINGLE BEACH”. They are everywhere! I picked these up in prob less than a minute.
Mother Nature was really playing a hide and seek game with us since the shells were hidden more than usual. We really had to look high and low to find them but Dick and Yvonne from Indiana did a great job finding the larger ones.
Dick said he looked high and low around the tree roots in the water and found this spectacsheller WHELK then walked along the waters edge to find the rest of these beauties.
It was so nice to meet so many awesome shellers like Cutie Shellooties Diane and Joyce from Sarasota. Joyce found a beautiful WHELK (I showed in the first photo) about the same size as Dick’s WHELK – those LIGHTNING WHELKS must have been twins!
Most of the shells (like COCKLES and SUNRAY VENUS CLAMS) Lindy from South Carolina found were at the waters edge as well.
The “Tweezer family” Deb, Judith, Brennan and Ericca came on our cruise too!
Hmmmm…. those tweezers must turn into a magical wand – a Shell Scepter- because Judith was the only who found a BABYS EAR up high on the beach… oh wait… she found 3!
Carla from Pompano, Florida was as tickled as sea punch to find this piece of DRIFTWOOD to hang her orchids in. I couldn’t even get the whole thing in the photo but it looked exactly like a SWORDFISH with a long sharp snout and knot for an eye. Awesome BEACH BLING.
And talk about awesome BEACH BLING… Terry, Sue, Rich and Micki found the coolest treasures…
They were searching in the high tide wrack line and found SEA PEARLS, SEA URCHINS and the funniest sea toys- 2 SHARKS and a Bunny! I told them the story of the LEGO Beach Bling (CLICK HERE) but of course we should always pick up any of these toys even if we don’t keep for our “Kicks and Giggles Jar”.
This is Fintastic Beach Bling!
PS- Be safe everybunny.
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The waters surrounding Cayo Costa yesterday on our iLoveShelling Adventure with Captiva Cruises were so calm and crystal clear, we could see all sorts of amazing live creatures like this TWO-SPINED SEA STAR…
… And live LETTERED OLIVES…
As well as huge live HORSE CONCHS with several colonies of different hitch hikers making their home.
It was shellsational!
Sylvia from PA was thrilled to find quite a few empty FALSE ANGEL WINGS.
It was an ANGEL WING kind of day! They may not look like much here in this next photo, but trust me… they are very special finds when they have just come out of the water still little dingy and packed with mud with both halves still together. These were only just a few of all the ones we found. It was so cool!
Sally, Kathy, Lynda and Mary from MI were some of the lucky ones to have gotten handfuls of them.
Lynda also found some other favorites too.
Carrie and Valerie (KY) couldn’t help but stay in the water to hunt for treasures.
They were both finding ANGEL WINGS plus some other awesome shells.
Rock hounds from Michigan- Nicole, Joe and Steve were happy to hunt for gems in the warm clear water. It was so much fun hearing about their PETOSKY STONE treasure hunts compared to hunting for shells. Thanks for the lesson!
They found a variety of goodies but I especially loved Nicole’s JUVENILE SOUTHERN QUAHOG with the zig zag pattern (bottom left). When the Southern Quahogs get older, they lose that great pattern so its always fun to see it at this stage.
Kathy from NC was a-dorable all dressed in her aqua and shelling sister tee. So much fun to meet you!
And talk about a-dorable… real true shelling sisters Cindy (Ohio), Teresa MD and Margie (Ohio) are only 3 of 7 sisters… with 7 brothers. They are the sweetest happiest gals and it was a pleasure to meet y’all!
Local sheller Deena found a bucket full of double SUNRAY VENUS shells. Thank you for coming with us Deena- just know Im thinking about you this week.
Vanessa, Ana, Marta and Alice came to SW Florida all the way from California to find shells… and they were ready! Ana, it was so much fun to compare notes with you on some of the shells and beach adventures.
Shelley, Kianna and David (MI) were very lucky that the water was so calm and clear to have spotted a huge perfect ANGEL WING and to get it back to the CAPTIVA CRUISES dock safe and sound.
It’s always fun to meet families that shell together like Eddie, Bill, Donna, Isabella, Steve and Michele from Delaware. They all have great shelling eyes that they must have gotten from Donna.
They had asked me where they could find WENTLETRAPS on Cayo Costa and I told them they were there but we don’t find the very often on that island. Low and behold Donna found a WENTLETRAP and her granddaughter Isabella found one too. Isabella inherited her gramdmoms shelling eye! Congratshellations!
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We found seashells for miles on our iLoveShelling adventure yesterday to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises.
Among WHELKS, CONCHS, COCKLES, OLIVES and TULIPS, Morgan found a MACULATED BABY’S EAR and her brother (both from MO) found a huge WORM SHELL.
An outstanding BROWN BABYS EAR- Congratshellations Morgan!
Bill and Linda from PA found some gorgeous treasures too.
Check out the color pattern on Bill’s LIGHTNING WHELK. The cream stripes on his shell are fantastic and are not so common- its pretty spectacsheller.
Bonnie and Michele (Chicago) with friend Cindy (Cape Coral) found bag full of shells.
I was with Cindy when she found these sweet shells in less than one minute in one of the piles.
Jan from Iowa worked the high and dry tide wrack line because she knows thats where the best beach bling hides.
She was pretty happy with all her amazing beach finds. I could have looked in her bling bucket for an hour it was so cool. I love that stuff!
Abbey from Utah was very happy with her shell finds but was happiest with her perfect SAND DOLLAR.
It was wonderful to shell with Abbey’s whole family and see them find ANGEL WINGS, dried SEA URCHINS, CONCHS, WHELKS and all sorts of sweet shells.
Lori, Emma and Lisa from Ohio filled seashells and beach bling to the brim of their shell bags too. Lori brought a hanging mesh bag with compartments that worked perfectly to keep her SAND DOLLARS, SEA URCHINS and other breakables safe from getting smooches. Clever!
It’s always fun to see my buddy Rachel (NY) show up on the cruise when she is in town for the shell show. She’s always looking for unusual shells for her exhibits- remember her pearl exhibit last year? To see it CLICK HERE
It was lovely to meet Tom, Kathleen and Joann visiting from Ohio. They found some great keepers but I never got to see all of their finds since I was so interested in the booties they had on. Clark loves to wear dive boots on the beach since they are good in and out of the water under any conditions so I might get hime these booties Joann had on. I just looked them up- Thanks Kathleen! If you are interested too- you can find them by clicking on …. Mares trilastic dive boots .
Along with lots of other goodies, Shelling Sister Diane found a beautiful WINGED OYSTER with a stunning pearlescent interior and her sister (and Shelling Sister) Marilyn from Chicago found a monster of a LACE MUREX. Gorgeous!
I couldn’t believe it when I met Melissa and Clement (CA) and saw they had a collapsible shelling scoop made exactly like the one John (the engineer) made on one of February’s cruises (CLICK HERE). Melissa told her mom Glenda that she would love to have her scoop mad that way so she could pack it in their luggage… so Glenda made one for her! OMG Thats Awesome!
I knew it would be a good trip when Ginny from MA found a KINGS CROWN beside the dock at McCarthy’s Marina
Not only did we finds lots of seashells, we saw a family of MANATEES and we had DOLPHINS playing by our boat. It was a fabulous day.
Mother Nature must have gotten the message we wanted sunshine, seashells and sealife sightings . Thanks Captain Elliot for calling her on the Shellphone!!
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