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Apr
08

Shelling at Crystal Clear Cayo Costa

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Two-Spined sea star starfish Sanibel Island Florida

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…

clear turquoise water in southwest florida

… And live LETTERED OLIVES…

live lettered olive

As well as huge live HORSE CONCHS with several colonies of different hitch hikers making their home.

live horse conch with hitch hikers

It was shellsational!

shelling the water on Cayo Costa

Sylvia from PA was thrilled to find quite a few empty FALSE ANGEL WINGS.

Sylvia PA with angel wings on Cayo Florida

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!

empty double false angel wings

Sally, Kathy, Lynda and Mary from MI were some of the lucky ones to have gotten handfuls of them.

Shellers Sally Kathy Lynda and Mary MI on Rambo trip

Lynda also found some other favorites too.

shells on a blue towel

Carrie and Valerie (KY) couldn’t help but stay in the water to hunt for treasures.

Carrie and Valerie (KY) find shells in clear Cayo Costa water

They were both finding ANGEL WINGS plus some other awesome shells.

seashells found in sw florida on shelling trip

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!

Nicole, Joe and Steve MI find seashells in sw florida

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.

juvenile southern quahog among other shells found on shelling trip

Kathy from NC was a-dorable all dressed in her aqua and shelling sister tee. So much fun to meet you!

Kathy NC with i Love Shelling tee shirt

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!

Cindy, Teresa MD and Margie Shelling Sisters from Ohio

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.

deena ft myers with sun ray venus shells

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.

Vanessa, Ana, Marta and Alice CA find shells

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.

Shelly, Kianna and David MI find angel wing shell Captiva

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.

Eddie, Bill, Isabella, Donna, Steve and Michele Delaware seashells

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!

wentletraps found on cayo costa

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snowy egret on cayo costa

pam rambo shelling trips

Mar
10

Calling All Seashells From The Shellphone

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Finding Florida sea shells on Cayo Costa Island with Pam Rambo

We found seashells for miles on our iLoveShelling adventure yesterday to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises.

Collecting Florida shells and beach bling in March on 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.

Morgan and Wyle MO find shells on Cayo Costa

An outstanding BROWN BABYS EAR- Congratshellations Morgan!

maculated brown baby ear iLoveShelling trip

Bill and Linda from PA found some gorgeous treasures too.

Bill and Linda from PA visit Florida for seashells

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.

some shells found on cayo costa

Bonnie and Michele (Chicago) with friend Cindy (Cape Coral) found bag full of shells.

Bonnie michele cindy find shell on Cayo Costa Island Florida

I was with Cindy when she found these sweet shells in less than one minute in one of the piles.

shells found in less than a minute in seashell pile

Jan from Iowa worked the high and dry tide wrack line because she knows thats where the best beach bling hides.

jan from iowa finds beach bling on cayo costa island

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!

beach bling on Cayo Costa

Abbey from Utah was very happy with her shell finds but was happiest with her perfect SAND DOLLAR.

Abbey visits Florida from Utah finds 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.

Family shelling on Cayo Costa Florida beach

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!

lori emma lisa from ohio find shells

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

Rachel on Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo costa

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 .

Tom, Kathleen Joann visit Florida from Ohio to find shells

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!

Diane Marilyn Chicago find shells on i Love Shelling trip

atlantic wing oyster with other shells

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!

melissa clement ca collapsible shell scoop for travel Glenda

I knew it would be a good trip when Ginny from MA found a KINGS CROWN beside the dock at McCarthy’s Marina

Ginny from Mass found kings crown on iLoveShelling trip

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.

dolphin jumping on iLoveShelling shell trip

Mother Nature must have gotten the message we wanted sunshine, seashells and sealife sightings . Thanks Captain Elliot for calling her on the Shellphone!!

Elliot Sudal calling the shell gods with Shellphone  shell beach with aqua water

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Feb
11

Baby Ear Shells Heard Our Call

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Collection of Baby ear shells on shelling trip

It was a BABY EAR kinda day on Cayo Costa.

Collecting sea shells on Cayo Costa Island Florida

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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