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Meeting Friends and Collecting Seashells

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Seashells found from Bonita Springs Florida

To be by the sea collecting seashells is an amazing hobby/sport/therapy/obsession.

collecting sea shells on the beach

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…

iLoveShelling boat of shelling enthusiasts

It’s abshellutely scrumpshellous!

shellers on a shelling boat

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.

Collecting seashells on Bonita Springs Florida island

Ooooh and I was thrilled to see that so many other people love the minis like I do.

small sand dollar limpet, drill, purplish tagelus sun ray venus angel wing

Jenny  showed me her favorite mini shells…

miniature shell hand collection

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!
jenny john janie newport news with shelling scoop

We didn’t find just mini shells, we found lots of SAND DOLLARS…

Sandy sand dollars found Bonita Springs Florida

Well…. I should say Diane (Sanibel) found lots of SAND DOLLARS and FALSE ANGEL WINGS.

Diane finds sand dollars with iloveshelling gear

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!

Helen from Indiana finds sand dollars in Bonita Springs Florida

Omigosh and I loved Lolly’s (NJ) arrangement of precious little treasures.

lolly nj holding seashell treasure

Roger, Charlie, Dawn (WI) and Jan (Iowa) came back with some treasures as well. Jan was happy she found a beautiful big ANGEL WING.

Roger, Charlie, Dawn Jan find seashells in Florida

Dawn found all sorts of fab shells like the little DUSKY CONE in the middle.

variety of mini seashells found with Pam Rambo shelling trip


a few fave shells found in swfl

Quite a few other people found GAUDY NATICAS too like Amy from VA.

amy collecting gaudy antic moon snail

Here she is (on the left) with the other cutie shellutie Virginia girls Donna, Rene and Susan.

Amy Donna Rene Susan from VA shelling trip with iLS

Amy especially wanted to find an ALPHABET CONE … and she found an adorable one. Congrats!

Amy's shells gaudy natica, cone, rose petal tellin

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

Pam Rambo iLoveShelling article COLUMBUS dispatch

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A Shelling Day For Angels

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angel wings with seashell bracelet

Our Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo Costa was certainly a beautiful, calm day for ANGELS to appear.

Kathleen ma stooping for seashells

Sunnye (from Shellabaloo 5!) found a whole handful of beautiful ANGEL WING seashells.

Sunnye found a handful of angel wing shells

We were finding most of our ANGEL WINGS with both halves still attached and packed with mud. Shellzam!

collecting double angel wing sea shells

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”.

Bob Ohio found angel wing sea shells

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!

finding double angel wing bivalve shells

So much fun to meet Carrie (my Instagram buddy!) and Joe from Seattle who joined us on our iLoveshelling cruise too…

Joe Carrie from Seattle on Cayo Costa shelling tour

They found awesome purple SEA URCHINS and a huge BABYS EAR.

sea urchins and baby ear seashell

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.

Cindy from MA found an Imperial Venus on Cayo Costa

Imperial Venus clam shell on Florida south west coast

Crystal and Wayne from St Louis found SAND DOLLARS and ANGEL WINGS too.

Crystal and Wayne St Louis find sand dollars and angel wings

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!

sea shell collecting from holland on i Love Shelling trip

It was such a beautiful day to meet and shell with such good folks like Dotty and Ron from Indiana.

Dotty Ron from Indiana visit Cayo Costa for shells

Carrie from WI noticed this live STARFISH looked a little different…

carrie with starfish on cayo costa

This SEA STAR had his belly full of BIVALVES… that’s why he looked so swollen. Whoa!

live starfish eating mollusk

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

live lighting whelk on cayo costa

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.

Gail and Melissa with live lightning whelk

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.

Pam Rambo and Melissa Congress on Cayo Costa

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!

sterling silver seashell bracelet

It was a really great day to shellebrate with ANGELS and DOLPHINS dancing around our boat…

dolphins jumping during shelling cruise

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!

Crystal found a huge horse conch on Sanibel Island Florida

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Shelling Trip Shellicious Sea Gems

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lovely shells and coral on blue

Any time we combine shells…

Sandy shell collection in Florida

with low tide…

Big Hickory Island Shelling tour

with a beautiful uninhabited beach…


with awesome shellers on an iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises… it’s a blast!

Shellabaloo on Sight Sea-R shelling cruise

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 HERECongratshellations Stana!

stana finds a huge empty whelk

It was also such a treat to have seasoned shellers Peg, Dave (Ohio), Karen and Warren (Sanibel) on our shelling trip…

Peg, Dave, Karen, Warren on shelling trip

These are just a few of their fave shells they found.

seashells found on shelling cruise with Pam Rambo

Mary and Amy (Ohio) were on an ANGEL WING hunt…

Mary Amy Ohio collect shells in SW Florida

I’d say they were very successful, wouldn’t you?

angel wing shells and beach treasures

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)

Diana Katey Charles Steve Ohio collecting shells

Their family CONE count was at 7 but I think Charles found most of them- he definitely has a great shellers eye!

Charles alphabet cones

Look who else joined us! Shelling Sister Muriel with her husband Ted. They both warm my heart.

Ted and Muriel on iLS shelling trip

Muriel loves those JINGLE SHELLS about as much as I do.

mound of jingle shells

Some of you might know “r.g. stein” from some of his comments here on… 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..

r. g. Stein with live horse conch

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.

Brent Pam from iowa on iLS shelling trip

Sweet Lynn from Tennessee was happy to collect a BABY’S EAR shell on the trip.

lynn from tenn found seashells on shelling 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!

Mindy Nancy PA on iLS shelling cruise

It’s always fun to see the different types of shells that different people see and collect.

seashells in white shell net

It was such a fun and successful shelling trip on the Sight Sight-R with many treasures…

shells within a shell

With spectacsheller people and shellicious sea gems.

dark chocolate kings crown conch

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