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To be by the sea collecting seashells is an amazing hobby/sport/therapy/obsession.
Sharing a shelling experience with a boat load of other people who’ve become friends after collecting shell on the beach together or meeting new friends, we all feel the same way…
It’s abshellutely scrumpshellous!
As soon as the Sight Sea-R Cruises shelling boat landed on Big Hickory Island, we saw that the beach was covered with mini shells.
Ooooh and I was thrilled to see that so many other people love the minis like I do.
Jenny showed me her favorite mini shells…
Jenny (on the right) was with Jenny and John (VA) who showed me the awesome plastic pipe connector contraption John made for his shelling scoop so that he could break it down to put in his luggage. Brilliant!
We didn’t find just mini shells, we found lots of SAND DOLLARS…
Well…. I should say Diane (Sanibel) found lots of SAND DOLLARS and FALSE ANGEL WINGS.
Helen from Indiana found a beautiful assortment of shells. She not only found this SAND DOLLAR she’s holding up but her other favorites were displayed in the first photo up top. Exshellent!
Omigosh and I loved Lolly’s (NJ) arrangement of precious little treasures.
Roger, Charlie, Dawn (WI) and Jan (Iowa) came back with some treasures as well. Jan was happy she found a beautiful big ANGEL WING.
Dawn found all sorts of fab shells like the little DUSKY CONE in the middle.
Charlie faves were TINTED CANTHARUS, ROSE PETAL TELLIN, GAUDY NATICA, FLORIDA CONE, MOSSY ARK, SAND DOLLAR and ….WORMIES (!).
Quite a few other people found GAUDY NATICAS too like Amy from VA.
Here she is (on the left) with the other cutie shellutie Virginia girls Donna, Rene and Susan.
Amy especially wanted to find an ALPHABET CONE … and she found an adorable one. Congrats!
Even though we all found treasures on the beach on our shelling trip, Sealife By Congress gave every single person on our iLoveShelling cruise a $25 gift certificate to their store on Sanibel. So generous!
It’s so much fun to meet people around the world on shelling cruises like this! On our last Sight Sea-R Cruises iLoveShelling shelling adventure, Steve Stephens from Columbus, Ohio was aboard with his family. Steve wrote an extraordinary article for the Columbus Dispatch that explains our day on our shelling trip to Big Hickory… its fantastic! Its so cool, you have to read it – CLICK HERE.
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Our Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo Costa was certainly a beautiful, calm day for ANGELS to appear.
Sunnye (from Shellabaloo 5!) found a whole handful of beautiful ANGEL WING seashells.
We were finding most of our ANGEL WINGS with both halves still attached and packed with mud. Shellzam!
All it took was less than a minute after I showed Bob from Ohio how to spot ANGEL WINGS in the water… then he had the “ANGEL eye”.
As he was finding a few more for himself, he helped some of the other shellers to find some on their own. What an angel!
So much fun to meet Carrie (my Instagram buddy!) and Joe from Seattle who joined us on our iLoveshelling cruise too…
They found awesome purple SEA URCHINS and a huge BABYS EAR.
Cindy (from Ma) found a really cool IMPERIAL VENUS. To me, its a really rare find in SW Florida since I don’t see them often at all.
Crystal and Wayne from St Louis found SAND DOLLARS and ANGEL WINGS too.
As soon as we stepped back on the boat, Crystal and Wayne gave their SAND DOLLARS to Nanda and Rodereque who were visiting from The Netherlands (Holland!) and their 2 kids Fass and Loet. Angels!
It was such a beautiful day to meet and shell with such good folks like Dotty and Ron from Indiana.
Carrie from WI noticed this live STARFISH looked a little different…
This SEA STAR had his belly full of BIVALVES… that’s why he looked so swollen. Whoa!
Gail Carr was happy we had warm beautiful weather this trip- she joined us February 2013 during 44 degrees- what a difference! This time she spotted this live LIGHTNING WHELK during high 70 degree weather…. ahhhh
Admiring this beautiful live WHELK alongside Gail was another very special guest on our cruise… my friend Melissa Congress from Sealife By Congress. Of course she loves shelling too.
Talk about an angel… Melissa and her husband Scot are the generous folks that give everybody on our iLoveShelling cruises $25 gift certificates to their store- it’s spectacsheller!
Thank you Melissa for your generosity to our shelling community.
Ahem… and speaking of jewelry…. did you notice my new seashell bracelet in the first photo with my ANGEL WINGS? My birthday was this week- woo hoo- and what a present! My gorgeous sterling silver bracelet is from – yes, you guessed it…. Sealife By Congress. Happy dance!
It was a really great day to shellebrate with ANGELS and DOLPHINS dancing around our boat…
To top it all off… when our Captiva Cruises boat got back to the dock at McCarthy’s Marina, Crystal said she had something to show me. Holy HORSE CONCH! Crystal found this HUUUUGE and incredishell HORSE CONCH at Bowman’s Beach just before our cruise. That’s an amazing find to say the least…. its a monster! Congratshellations, Crystal!
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Any time we combine shells…
with low tide…
with a beautiful uninhabited beach…
with awesome shellers on an iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises… it’s a blast!
Along with our Shellabaloo folks I introduced you to on my last post, it was so much fun for everybody on our cruise on Wednesday who was anywhere around Stana from Illinois to see her overwhelmed excitement when she found a huge empty LIGHTNING WHELK after arriving on Big Hickory Island. It was so much fun to meet you and to see your enthusiasm. We talked about how to clean a shell like that but to make it easier, here is the link for the tutorial I told you about… CLICK HERE. Congratshellations Stana!
It was also such a treat to have seasoned shellers Peg, Dave (Ohio), Karen and Warren (Sanibel) on our shelling trip…
These are just a few of their fave shells they found.
Mary and Amy (Ohio) were on an ANGEL WING hunt…
I’d say they were very successful, wouldn’t you?
Ahhhh… it was such a pleasure to meet cutie shellootie family Diana, Charles, Steve and Katey (from Ohio as well- hmmmm-lots of shellers from Ohio)
Their family CONE count was at 7 but I think Charles found most of them- he definitely has a great shellers eye!
Look who else joined us! Shelling Sister Muriel with her husband Ted. They both warm my heart.
Muriel loves those JINGLE SHELLS about as much as I do.
Some of you might know “r.g. stein” from some of his comments here on iLoveShelling.com… he was on our shell trip too. It was so edshellcational for some of the other shellers to see this huge live HORSE CONCH he found in the water. He shared the sight then placed it gently back in the water where he found it. Thanks for your gifts r.g..
Visiting from Iowa, Brent and Pam (you can imagine why I’m a little partial to her- heehee) displayed their shells on a blue jacket so they look like gorgeous jewelry on velvet. Love your shellicious sea gems! Their shells are the ones in the featured first photo.
Sweet Lynn from Tennessee was happy to collect a BABY’S EAR shell on the trip.
Mindy and Nancy (Pennsylvania) had so much to share on the trip and also got so much in return… look at that bag-o-shells!
It’s always fun to see the different types of shells that different people see and collect.
It was such a fun and successful shelling trip on the Sight Sight-R with many treasures…
With spectacsheller people and shellicious sea gems.
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