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Another day, another fabshellous SAND DOLLAR on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises yesterday.
It was a blast and an amazingly calm, beautiful day to hunt for shells.
Patti Goodwin (Nova Scotia) found a perfect SAND DOLLAR just moments of stepping on the beach. That’s her SAND DOLLAR in the first photo with the shell bracelet similar to mine. We both go them from the Sealife By Congress line at Congress Jewelers. Love it!
Erin (Chicago) had great luck with ANGEL WINGS and WORM SHELLS…
It was so much fun to meet Megan H and her dad Peter (Illinois) after reading many of her comments here on iLS. Such a lovely time hanging out with you!
Her favorites from the trip include a SAND DOLLAR, ROSE PETAL TELLIN, ANGEL WINGS, KEYHOLE LIMPET, MAUVE MOUTH DRILL and a BUTTON SHELL.
I was so happy to see that they loose to collect minis. Can you see how big that TUSK SHELL is in James’ hand? He even found a WENTLETRAP!
We had lots of other families too. Like cutie shellooties Pearl and Becca from Sarasota.
Marlene, Max, Emily and Ryan found a few keepers too.
Charles, Ava, Andrea and Charlotte came to Southwest Florida from Ohio to enjoy a little shelling…
So happy Liam, Rosamary, Jillian and Mike drove from north Florida to join us on our shelling adventure…
Liam and Jillian have quite the shell eye. I wish I had shown a little more of Liam’s LACE MUREX (it’s just peaking out in between the OLIVES and WORMIE)- it’s gorgeous!
Teresa, Reagan, Daniel and Mark were visiting from Kentucky to have some fun shelling.
Reagan is another Shelling Sister that loves JINGLES and aqua nail polish (I do too, Reagan!).
So good to see Tim and Mary again as well…
Time showed me a few of his favorite finds of the day and I couldn’t help but notice his SHARKS EYE had a rough texture on the surface.
A little closer look at it… Aha- That’s SNAIL FUR! SNAIL FUR ( Hydractinia echinata) is a HYDROID (related to JELLYFISH) that forms on shells that have HERMIT CRABS occupying them. Hmmm, I wonder why? I’ve never been able to get it completely off a SHARKS EYE shell without it looking scared but it’s kinda cool just to know what it is that coats SHARKS EYES because I normally don’t see SNAIL FUR on many other type shells.
But anyway, there were other shells that we found that will clean up beautifully!
It was an amazing day on the beach combing and collecting in the cool, blue, calm waters surrounding Big Hickory Island on our Sight Sea-R shelling cruise.
And of course each passenger on this iLoveShelling Adventure received a $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers- Yahoo!
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I always flip flop when I try to decide which I like better… SAND DOLLARS or ANGEL WING shells.
Some of the lucky shellers on our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises found both!
They were mixed in with WORM SHELLS and double SUNRAY VENUS shells too.
Loved hanging out with Shannon and Mark from Minnesota. The were happy to find their first ANGEL WINGS…
Lookie at these cutie shellooties Ellen, Paige, Melissa and Gail from Oregon all dressed up in their iLS gear. Love these shelling sisters!
It so much fun to see so many familiar faces like cutie Mary. She was finding lots of perfectly dried HORSESHOE CRABS and WORM SHELLS.
Awwww and Michelle had her FLAT SCALLOP necklace on again to bring back lots of fun memories. She brought her sister Patti this time too so it was so much fun to hear their shelling stories together.
Michelle found a nice ALPHABET CONE to go along with her ANGEL WINGS and other BEACH BLING.
I met another set of sisters Lyn and Lucy from Iowa at my Shellography Photography opening earlier in the week so it was so good to see them again.
Lyn loves the minis too so these were her faves. This was the first time that I’ve seen anybody find a MORTON’S EGG COCKLE (bottom left of the ROSE PETAL TELLIN) on Big Hickory Island. Hmmmmm…. I know what I’ll be looking for next time I’m there!
Gary and Pam (Hi Pam!) found their first ANGEL WINGS too.
Along with Kathy and Bob from Mayaka, Florida…
Who’s cute flip flops were those in the first photo? They were Linda’s! She and Jay from Cape Coral found those SAND DOLLARS, ANGEL WINGS and that big LIGHTNING WHELK in the high tide wrack line.
Since Linda was afraid she was going to break her SAND DOLLAR before she got back on the boat, she saw Sight Sea-R’s Captain Phil combing the beach and checking the water conditions. He offered to “baby sit” her SAND DOLLAR to get it back to the boat in one piece. So nice! I guess he was her Shell Bank- a place to keep her DOLLARS safe.
My friend Robin Draper from Authentic Florida was on our cruise too along with her husband Mike. Woohoo! We might be seeing an article about this shelling adventure soon- if we do, I’ll post it here when she sends a link.
As on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received an awesome $25 gift certificate from my fave jewelry store on Sanibel… Sealife By Congress (inside Congress Jewelers). They are fabshellous to the shelling community!
It was such a fun day meeting so many incredishell shellers and hanging with so many familiar faces. I’m over the MOON SHELL.
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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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