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Golden Day On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Blue Heron, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Florida Wildlife, Golden Olive, Melampus, Olive, White Melampus | 7 comments

Golden Olive live mollusk Oliva sayana

We had a golden opportunity to watch a healthy, live GOLDEN OLIVE that Sara found in the water on our iLoveShelling adventure boating to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises on Friday. It’s always so thrilling to see a GOLDEN OLIVE (which is the not-so-common yellow color form of the LETTERED OLIVE) much less, be able to the live creature come out to say hi. Of course Sara placed it back in the water where she found it after I quickly snapped a few photos. So cool- good eye Sara!

Sara indiana with golden olive

The Shellucky Bucket of shells really works! On each of my shelling trips, I have a bucket of shells that pass around so everybody can pick a lucky shell to put in their pocket to give them a little bit more luck on our day together. Most shellers are already lucky but I feel like Clark and I are lucky enough so we want to share our luck by putting our shells we collect in the Shellucky Bucket so shellers like Barbara (CA), Judy and Bill (Fort Myers) to tune into even more Rambo shellapathic senses. haha

barbara cali, judy, bill ft myers shells

Every single time I step on the beach at Cayo Costa, there’s a special feeling I get. I think it’s called… peaceful and easy.

Boating to islands for shells

And it’s exciting! Sharon, Gina, Sue and Barb from Kansas City, MO all found SAND DOLLARS.

Sharon, Gina, Sue, Barb Kansas City with sand dollars on Cayo Costa Florida

So did local sheller Dale from Ft Myers.
Dale Ft Myers with sand dollars on Cayo costa

Dave and Becky (Kansas) found SAND DOLLARS too along with some other nice finds too.

Dave Becky Kansas Sand Dollars from Cayo Costa

Kelli (MN) was searching in the high tide wrack line for the mini shells.

Kelli MN at cayo costa

She found a few shells that I haven’t found in a while… a MORTON’S EGG COCKLE (golden!) and a SPECKLED TELLIN. She was also happy to find her first BABYS EAR.

speckled tellin, babys ear, mortons egg cockle

Shells on the beach Cayo Costa Florida

Susie and Chris from Oregon found sweet little COMB BITTERSWEETS in this same shell line pictured above.

Susie Chris Oregon comb bittersweets

I love how each of the COMB BITTERSWEETS have their own unique patterns and golden colors on them.

comb bittersweets

This was a special girls trip for Irma and Joyce who were visiting SW Florida from Canada. Joyce knew every single shell name so it was so much fun to see what they were finding.

Irma, Joyce Canada visit sanibel for shells

Bivalves! Be still my heart. They were thrilled to have found quite a few Purplish Tagelus and to realize how many different colors of JINGLES and COQUINAS are found on Cayo Costa.

bivalve mollusk purplish tagalus jingles coquina

Jackie and Ritchie visiting from Flagler Beach found a few faves… COCKLES and CONCHS.

jackie ritchie flagler beach shells on cayo costa

It’s always so much fun to hang out with so many fabshellous beach combers together in one place to really see how we all find so much joy on the beach. 

collection of seashells and beach bling

I looooove to see all of the different treasures and identify the ones that are firsts time finds for folks. The largest white shell is a BABYS EAR, the brown shell to the left of it is a COFFEE MELAMPUS and the small white shell is a WHITE MELAPUS.
babys ear coffee white melampus


Teresa from North Carolina found all sorts of gifts from the sea and is also showing off her other gifts too- a new bumper sticker and $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress .

Teresa NC with shells and gifts from the sea

On every iLoveShelling shelling trips, each passenger receives that $25 gift certificate from Congress Jewelers on Sanibel (and the iLoveShelling bumper sticker- heehee). Oh happy days!

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

It was so much fun to see friends Cliff and Tina on our trip too with their family Scott and Tracy. It was such a beautiful day and seeing y’all made it that much better!

Cliff Tina Scott Tracy

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Buckets Of Beach Bling and SeaShells

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl | 6 comments

Several shells and Bunches of beach bling

Spectacsheller shells and bountiful beach bling… everywhere!

Amazing beach with shells

On our iLoveShelling adventure to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises, we were welcomed to a beach loaded with all sorts of beach treasures.

Captiva Cruises shelling trip with iLoveShelling

Such an awesome way to shellebrate our shell filled day by being with other very cool beach combers like Kristin, Shannon and Carolyn (Kentucky and Ohio). Those were Shannon’s shells and bling in the first photo- aren’t they so adorable? (the shells And the girls!)


Girls adventure trip to the beach finding treasures

There were shells everywhere we looked…

dream beach covered in seashells
Sweet Olivia from Indiana was quick to learn all about how to tell the difference between live and empty sea shells and SEA URCHINS.

Girl finds gifts from the sea on the beach of Cayo Costa

She and her mom found a fragile little HEART URCHIN. It’s so much fun to find the whole URCHIN in tact since we only see these fragile tests after big storms.

Heart Urchin beach treasure

Her cutie sister Lexi found one too. Shellucky girls!


Lexi Indiana receives gifts from the sea on the beach

Lexi was also lucky enough to find lots of ANGEL WINGS too. She has 3 different kinds in her hand… FALSE ANGEL WING, TRUE ANGEL WING (ok, its really not called a “true” but since there is a “false”…. why not? heehee) and a FALLEN ANGEL WING on the far right.

False, true, fallen angel wings

Pam and Christine from VA  had their hands full looking through the huge shell pile as soon as we stepped off the boat.

beach combers finding shell loot

I was surprised how many fabshellous WORMIES everybody found. Love that long bright white one with the perfect tip!

worm shells baby ear angel wings

As we walked to the tip of the island, there was yet another huge pile of shells to explore.

Tree roots and seashells on Florida island beach

Megan, Sanibel and Jeremy (PA) were worn out after looking for shells they had never found before. Ummmm…. did you catch what her name was??? Sanibel! Such a beautiful name, right?

A family finding shells on a secluded beach

These are just a few of the very cool shells that Jeremy pulled out of his bag to show me…. these were his first WHELKS. Congrats!

whelk shells on the beach

Barb (Wisconsin) and Debbie (Arkansas) met shelling 6 years ago on vacation in Sanibel and now vacation every year together along with their husbands.  Beach buddies.

Beach girls finding shells in Florida

Debbie found her first GAUDY NATICA!

sea urchin angel wing gaudy antic tulip olive

David and John from Michigan are the die hard shellers of their family so they left the wives on Sanibel and hopped on the boat with us. On the way back it started to lightly rain so they packed up their loot before I got a chance to take a photo of their awesome finds and braved the rain the entire ride back. Another crazy adventure… And thanks so much for the shell candy, guys ;)!

Boat ride from Captiva to Cayo Costa Florida

Jennifer (Chicago) carried her fave shell and bling finds in her cap so she could show her husband John (her chauffeur- heehee).

shelling cruise treasures to cayo costa florida

Can you believe how many BABYS EARS? … aNd look at that humongshellous WORMIE.

hat filled with seashells

Can’t you just hear the shells clicking, clacking and jingling as you look at this pile of shells thinking about picking through them? The COCKLES and SEA URCHINS were unbelievable… oodles and oodles of them. Now you see why Olivia had to learn about which SEA URCHINS she couldn’t take. (CLICK HERE for more info)

Seashells upon shells and sea urchins

It was an amazing beach day hanging out with the coolest bunch of beach combers.

shells on purple

To top it off, everybody received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress as a thank you from Congress Jewelers for joining our iLoveShelling cruise. They are so generous!

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

Life doesn’t get much better

So many shells on the beach for picking

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An Adventure In Paradise with Captiva Cruises

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Baby's Ear, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Purple Sea Urchin, Seashells, Urchin, West Indian Sea Egg | 9 comments

seashells on purple

We had quite an adventure on our iLoveShelling trip to Cayo Costa on Friday. The morning started out with rain but our die hard group of shellers waited it out until our Captiva Cruises captains Jorge and Carlos made sure we could make it safely to the island.

boarding captiva cruises boat

We ended up going to the north side of Cayo Costa to dock at the ranger station (which is not the usual place we go for the iLoveShelling trips). The we hopped aboard the “shell shuttle” (they really don’t call it that- I kinda just made that up. But hmmm.. but they should, right?) to take us to the beach and back.

riding shell tram on cayo costa
It turned out to be a beautiful day and the beach was loaded with dried washed up SEA URCHINS.

sea urchin on the beach

They were everywhere.

seaweed seashells and sea urchins of sw florida

The colors were abshellutely gorgeous with green, pink, purple, beige and lavender.

sea urchin colors

It was so much fun seeing Martha again from our July trip (CLICK HERE) and she told me she was still looking for a BABYS EAR. There were quite a few people on the last trip that found them but she wasnt one of the lucky ones. So on the boat ride over to the island this time, I told her the north side of the island wasn’t normally the place to look for them so she probably wouldn’t find one. Well she proved me wrong! haha As soon as we got to the beach, there was a BABYS EAR sitting right in the middle wrack line. Omigosh! And then Martha found another one. It goes to show you… don’t ever think that you can outwit Mother Nature. Congrats Martha!

martha found a baby ear

Ron and Rene from PA had some shelltastic luck with finding not just URCHINS, but so many OLIVES too.

collecting shells and beach treasures

But I think Rene’s fave was that sweet double SUNRAY VENUS.

seashells and sea urchins

Jay and Jane from Georgia found all sorts of cool shell loot. Look at Jane… she can’t take her eyes off such fun finds. heehee

finding treasures in florida

Tim and Fran (Ohio) found a few faves but check out the size of Fran’s huge SHARKS EYE. Y’all are so much fun! Oh and sorry again Fran for throwing you under the bus- haha.

finding shells on a shelling trip cruise

John and Dee from Illinois along with Bart and Laurie from Pennsylvania found a few keepers but I think their faves were the SAND DOLLARS- look at those smiles. Dee, it was such a pleasure to talk with you and meet you. You are soooo dear!

happy collecting shells on cayo costa

Cuties Julie and Ron from California found a few treasures too. It’s always so much fun to hang out on the boat and to see who found what- shell ‘n tell!

shelling trip to cayo costa florida

I think Terry and Michelle from Arkansas were as obsessed at seeing so many SEA URCHINS as I was. Michelle and I kept saying  “… and theres another one! … and look at that color!”.

shelling cayo costa

As you can see, some of them still had some of their spines but the insides were completely empty. It was fun to see them in so many different variations.

sea urchins of sw florida

Meet Jochen, Katja and their son Benedikt. They have fantastic sheller eyes especially for visiting from Germany since they are the ones that found the shells on the purple tray in the top photo. Way to go!

family on cayo costa island

You have to meet Jessica and Trudy from Ontario Canada. Jessica scored the one thing she wanted find on our trip- a SAND DOLLAR. What I found out is that she is an artist and she makes SAND DOLLARS… out of dough. She is a master confectioner and she brought me some of her cookies!


sweet shellers on shell cruise

OMG they are yummy and sooooo beautiful. Here’s a photo she took of the amazing sealife cookies on Instagram since they didn’t last long enough for me to take a photo of them … Clark and I devoured them. Thank you Jessica!

seashell and sealife cookies edible art


It was an amazing, adventurous day with such fun shellers!

number 5 beach bouy

And… as with all iLoveShelling cruisesCongress Jewelers (Sealife By Congress) gave everybody a $25 gift certificate to use in their store- they are so generous to the shelling community!

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

An adventure in paradise- It was surely a day to remember!

beach path to paradise cayo costa florida

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Oh My, Shells and Manatees at Cayo Costa

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, manatee | 28 comments

Aug 20, 2015 Seashells in shell with wave

We found a huge “Sit ‘N Sift” shell pile on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises yesterday.
Cayo Costa shelling and beach combing

As always, there’s always a lot of sharing shells when awesome shellers get together.

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Every single step through the island was a great exploration while hanging out with new friends.

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-5

While Michelle from Michigan was finding a few shells by snorkeling in the water….

Michelle snorkeling Cayo Costa

Her daughter Mandy found a SUNRAY VENUS.

Mandy MI finds shell on the beach in Florida

Lauren, Aaryn, Elizabeth, Jason and Jordan (Alabama) found lots of SUNRAY VENUSES too.

Aug 20, 2015IMG_0393

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.

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-7

Madi found lots of LETTERED OLIVES just at the waters edge. Thanks again Madi for the cute photo on Instagram!

lettered olive shells at cayo costa

The water was so warm and clear Lauren, George and Beth (NY) stayed in the water just about the whole time on the island.

Aug 20, 2015Lauren, George and Beth NY snorkeling Florida
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.

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-8

The water must be cold in Michigan too because Todd and Michelle were loving the water too. :)

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-9

Martha found a sweet BABYS EAR when she combed the tip of the island…

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Look at that baby…. a baby Baby Ear.

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-1

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.

iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa August 2015-3

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.

Aug 20, 2015i Love Shelling with Pam Rambo

Like every iLoveShelling cruise,  everybody received a $25 Gift Certificate from Congress Jewelers– Fun day!

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

I have new dates for all iLoveShelling beach combing adventures for 2015 and into January 2016!

Oct 5, Oct 29, Nov 6, Nov 17, Dec 2, Dec 15, Jan 11, Jan 21

Check out all the information with new dates and times then make reservations now… just  CLICK HERE !




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Beautiful Boating Excursion to Cayo Costa Island

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 11 comments

Signs of paradise. Seashells, flowers and turquoise water

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.

Sierra from Arizona beach combing Florida

So did Alesa from Atlanta…

Alesa from Atlanta with Florida beach treasures

So did Alesa’s beach finds. Gorgeous!

Beach treasures finds on shelling trip

Everyone I met … happy and beautiful. Just like Addie, Annie and Ashlee from Kentucky.

Addie, Annie, Ashlee Kentucky visit Florida

Kelcey and Casey from Pennsylvania snorkeled in the beautiful water to find a few treasures.

Kelcey Casey from Pennsylvania snorkel Florida

Even the tree roots made for a beautiful seat for Bonnie from Texas to sort through her beach finds.

Beach combing the islands of Florida

She brought her beautiful family Sandy, Macy, Mason and Brian.

Sandy, Macy, Mason, Brian and Bonnie from Texas beach combing Florida

So much beautiful beach bling…

Florida beach bling finds

Candace, Leslie and her husband from Texas found a few treasures to make them happy.

Candace and Leslie from Texas beach combing Florida

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).

Wendy from Illinois with autographed sand dollar

On the boat ride back Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth and Peyton from Orlando showed me their fave finds.

Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth, Peyton Orlando shelling cruise

Such beautiful colors…

Florida Beach finds July 2015

Cutie Maya from GA showed us his 2 fave finds … an ATALANTIC GIANT COCKLE and a SOUTHERN QUAHOG.

Maya GA cockle and 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.

Austin Kathryn with beach bling lure find

It was such a pleasure to meet Martha, Linda, Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie and Grace from MO as well. Shellers have the nicest families!

Martha, Linda Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie, Grace MO on shelling cruise


Its always a special day when we see MANATEES swim by the shore just feet from the beach. We saw 2 of them!

Gulf Of Mexico Manatee

Each and every beachcomber on iLoveShelling adventures seems to be one big family at the end of the day. I love these days!i Love Shelling beach combing cruise

And to top it off… a few BABYS EARS too…

Baby's ear shell on the shady shelly beach

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Good Day On The Water In SW Florida

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 8 comments

Barnacled shell on the beach

My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.

Captiva Dolphin and shelling cruise

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!

Dolphin jumping next to our boat

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.

Lynn and Bertha from Colorado visit Sanibel for shells

Oh baby!

Very large Baby's Ear shell

Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.

Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming collect shells in Florida

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.

Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville visit Sanibel

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.

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana visit Sanibel

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!

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida collect shells in Cayo Costa

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.

Erin and Maura from New Jersey visit Sanibel for shells

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!

Linda, Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach from Ft Lauderdale visit Captiva

Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.

Deanna and Dylan from Ohio collect Florida shells

With shells!

Shells found on Cayo Costa Island Florida

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.

Jack holds big crusty whelk

He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.Alex and Jack find shells on Florida beach

It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!

Shell tree Cayo Costa


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