Spectacsheller shells and bountiful beach bling… everywhere!
On our iLoveShelling adventure to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises, we were welcomed to a beach loaded with all sorts of beach treasures.
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!)
There were shells everywhere we looked…
Sweet Olivia from Indiana was quick to learn all about how to tell the difference between live and empty sea shells and SEA URCHINS.
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.
Her cutie sister Lexi found one too. Shellucky girls!
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.
Pam and Christine from VA had their hands full looking through the huge shell pile as soon as we stepped off the boat.
I was surprised how many fabshellous WORMIES everybody found. Love that long bright white one with the perfect tip!
As we walked to the tip of the island, there was yet another huge pile of shells to explore.
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?
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!
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.
Debbie found her first GAUDY NATICA!
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 ;)!
Jennifer (Chicago) carried her fave shell and bling finds in her cap so she could show her husband John (her chauffeur- heehee).
Can you believe how many BABYS EARS? … aNd look at that humongshellous WORMIE.
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)
It was an amazing beach day hanging out with the coolest bunch of beach combers.
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!
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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.
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.
It turned out to be a beautiful day and the beach was loaded with dried washed up SEA URCHINS.
They were everywhere.
The colors were abshellutely gorgeous with green, pink, purple, beige and lavender.
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!
Ron and Rene from PA had some shelltastic luck with finding not just URCHINS, but so many OLIVES too.
But I think Rene’s fave was that sweet double SUNRAY VENUS.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!”.
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.
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!
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!
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!
It was an amazing, adventurous day with such fun shellers!
And… as with all iLoveShelling cruises, Congress Jewelers (Sealife By Congress) gave everybody a $25 gift certificate to use in their store- they are so generous to the shelling community!
An adventure in paradise- It was surely a day to remember!
I had the best time beach combing with some pretty amazing folks yesterday on our iLoveShelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises to Little Hickory Island yesterday. For some reason I felt like I already knew John and Amy from Colorado and when they showed me their shell loot, I felt like they were shelling twins to Clark and me. LOL Those are the shells (in the top photo) they found in the first half hour of hitting the beach.
There were shells in the water and also a few nice piles up on the beach as well.
How could I not fall in love with Don and Delores from Michigan as they both have such a love for shelling and spread that happiness around to everyone.
Here are a few of their fave shells they found. Such beauties.
Brandon, Jacob and Robin (NJ) found some awesome shells too…
Check out Jacob’s perfect ALBINO LIGHTNING WHELK. It is gorgeous! And Its amazing how many NUTMEGS were found on the trip too.
So after I took the picture with Brandon, Jacob and Robin’s shells, Robin came up to me a few minutes later to show me another shell she found. Excellent ALPHIE, Robin!
Linda and Mike (New Hampshire) were thrilled they found some new shells and beach bling they’ve never found before.
Look at all the SEA PEARLS! It’s always fun to find something different washed up on the beach and it was the SEA BEANS for Mike and Linda. Another gift of the sea… PEARLS!
Local sheller Ramona (Estero) has never been able to make it to Big Hickory before since you can only get there by boat.
I’m thrilled she came with us for her first adventure to the island… and that she found treasures like diamonds in the rough.
I always love to meet the “mini” lovers … and Patty (Chicago) was the “mini” shell girl yesterday.
See? A handful of mini goodness.
Toni and Danielle (Orlando) were finding lots of keepers up n the high wrack line.
Toni’s favorite shell was this gorgeous and colorful SHARKS EYE that sparkled like a diamond too.
We had newbie shellers on our shelling trip…and they were so much fun! Texas girls Shelley (she was born to shell), Mitzy, Linda and Judy found lots of shells to put in their matching nets and bags (heehee) and saw each shell as a beautiful gift of the sea. They were bursts of fresh air all by themselves.
As with all iLoveShelling shelling cruise trips, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers’ Sealife By Congress store. Thank you Congress for being so generous to our shelling community.
It was a beautiful day with a beautiful group of shellers.
And with a lot of beautiful sharing of shells going on too.
The boat ride to the island was even so amazing as we cruised through Estero Bay with sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS, DOLPHINS, a SEA TURTLE, a MANATEE, a STINGRAY and oodles of other birds and fish. It was truly a in paradise.
Shell trip! Clark and I took a beach combing road trip from Sanibel Island to Pass-A-Grille over the weekend … and had blast finding lots of shells. We found all of the shells in this next photo as we walked from our hotel Inn On The Beach, down to the south tip of the island at jetty rocks to the Pass-a-Grill North Channel.
It was like an OLIVE garden just at the water’s edge but we even found some of my faves…. WORMIES.
There were lots of shells to pick through on the gorgeous beach as well…
I was tickled to find a teeny tiny BROWN-BANDED WENTLETRAP hiding in the mix.
There is an island right across the channel from the jetty rocks called “Shell Island”. What? Shell Island? Of course we had to explore it! There are ferries to take people over to the island but since we wanted to spend all day on the water, we rented a boat. Look at the color of the fabshellous LIGHTNING WHELKS we found. Gorgeous!
We actually had more luck on the back flats of Shell Island instead of the beach on the Gulf Of Mexico side. There were lots of those empty LIGHTNING WHELKS, oodles of double SUNRAY VENUS shells and some really funny live KINGS CROWNS scooting all along shallow waters so I did a little time lapse video of one of them to show you. Ha! Groovy KING CROWN dance moves coming up….
So in between the KINGS CROWN congo, Clark found one of the prettiest orange colored LIGHTNING WHELKS we’ve ever seen. It is really the color of a carrot!
Ok- I took another video too of all of those empty LIGHTNING WHELKS. I couldn’t believe my eyes!
We also boated over to Egmont Key to find a beautiful sandy beach island.
We didn’t find as many shells on Emont Key but we found a couple of ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHERS. Ohhhhh such treat to find these pink feathers!
At the end of the day, we sat our on our lovely porch to admire all of the beautiful colors and patterns of so many different shells we ended up finding.
We had a lovely time shelling and then relaxing in our beautiful room at Inn On The Beach.
Not a bad way to celebrate our 19 year wedding anniversary, huh?
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.
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It’s always so much fun to take a boat excursion to another island with a bunch of other shellers that really know how to enjoy the day. Not only did we see MANATEES, DOLPHINS, ROSEATE SPOONBILLS and other really cool wildlife, we had a blast beach combing on our Sight Sea-R boat cruise to Big Hickory Island this week.
Just hanging out with Gigi and Michele from Melbourne, FL made the day really awesome.
On the boat ride back, Gigi put all of her favorite shells she found on her yellow sifter to show us. I especially love that perfect FLAT SCALLOP. Wow- nice collection!
Joanne tickled me with her infectious with her laugh and now I know why she’s so happy. She and James (Toronto, Canada) have quite a shelling eye and have some great luck.
OMG, Look at the shells and bling they found!
Barry, Jennifer and Chris had some pretty dang good luck too…
They found such a variety of cool treasures from SAND DOLLARS, GAUDY NATICAS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES to some very cool ALPHABET CONES.
It was a PAPER FIG kind of day for Cherie, Joe and Olivia from MD
Joe showed me 2 of the many PAPER FIGS they found but they also found ANGEL WINGS and PEAR WHELKS.
Mary and Art (Bradenton, FL) were happy to find a shell they had never found before…
Mary found her first GAUDY NATICA…
A perfect SAND DOLLAR washed up right in front of Shari and Shelby from New Mexico.
This is such a cute size…
Cutie shellooties Jackson and Emma Grace (GA) were adorable on the beach. Emma Grace found a perfect SAND DOLLAR to0.
I love to meet families like Miranda Moon, Buddy, Moni and Jeremy from St Louis who are just a passionate and curious about beach combing as I am.
Miranda Moon knew she had something unusual when she found a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE. Very cool find!
A happy family is a beautiful family. That sums it up with Savannah, Steve, Foster and Stacy from Texas – happy, beautiful and awesome beach combers!
Pat and Gary were visiting from the east coast of Florida to do some shelling and enjoy the west coast of Florida. Nice to meet y’all!
Kari and Ava Dallas are sooooo sweet! After having a great time coming the beaches of Big Hickory with us, Kari and Ava had to head directly to the airport to catch their flight back to Dallas after our shelling adventure. Since they couldn’t take their shelling rake on the plane, she gave it to another sheller on our cruise. Soooo sweet!
Look who else was on our trip with us… Robin from Shellabaloo 6! In January I got to spend time with Robin and her mom Bobbie and this time Robin was with her sister Jill visiting from Minnesota. Sorry I missed you his time Bobbie!
Everybody found gifts from the sea AND another gift of jewelry as well…. Just as we do on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress in Congress Jewelers. Such a treat!
Such a fabshellous day.
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