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Wings Of Angel Shells On Big Hickory

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 15 comments

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Shelling isn’t complicated. It’s the most relaxing activity one can do while on the beach.

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Just walk along the shoreline and pick up a few seashells that you think are pretty. That’s it. So that’s exactly what we did yesterday along the beach of Big Hickory Island yesterday when we all found handfuls of ANGEL WING shells.

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Okay, I have to admit though…  it adds so much fun when you hop on a boat like the Sight Sea-R to go to explore a secluded island for shells!

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It’s so much fun to meet other amazing shellers like cutie shellootie Gretchen who made a new SEA STAR friend as well. After saying hello and learning how to tell if they are still alive, Gretchen gently placed her new SEA STAR friend back into the water and wished it a good long life.

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Along the way of enjoying this spectacular sunny day,  Peter and Alex (Connecticut) found a few keepers to put in their shell bag.

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Thank goodness Peter found a couple of ALPHABET CONES- thats all he looks for…  so I’d say he was successful.

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Can you believe the color of that water?  Theresa and Russ (soon to be Cape Coral ;)) …

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found an ALPHIE, SAND DOLLAR and a few other souvenirs to remember our fab day together.

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How can ya not have a good time hanging out with folks like Susan from Toronto? Really, we’re all just wanting the same thing- enjoy the outdoors and find a few good memories along the way.

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She found her first ALPHABET CONE.

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Lori and Glenn (Iowa) had luck finding an ALPHABET CONE too. They are so darn cute!

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Ellen (Shellin’ Ellen) and Roger (VA) had their own luck beside them.

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Sweet!

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It was an incredibly gorgeous day to hunt for shells while in the water like local sheller Candy and her snorkeling sister Megan visiting from Pennsylvania.

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Thank you for coming out with us Angela, Sarah and Stacy (Maine) – next time we are gonna do a little SHARKS EYE dance together. hahashellers on shell tour

I think we were happy like Mike and Linda from New Hampshire to have this gorgeous day to hunt for shells. The water was soooo amazing.

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Bob and Nancy from Houston are newbie shellers who found a lot of new shells for their list… but the best shell being this colorful little DUSKY CONE. i love those little shells.

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So this is why I love days like this more than anything…. I looked over to see Diana from Illinois sharing her ANGEL WINGS with some of the other shellers that she didn’t even know. That’s so sweet! So when I found out that Carolyn, Roda, Bev and Lynette were part of Sanibel Shell Crafters, it meant even more that she was sharing her treasures with them. They donate so many hours to shell crafting they are such givers as well. It’s really so simple- share the shelling joy.

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Diana kept a few of her gorgeous miniature shells like just two ANGEL WINGS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, WORM SHELLS, COQUINAS and even quite a few branches of CORAL. I loved her collections so much, you can see I photographed them in the first photo- so pretty!

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It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and joy from a boat full a beautiful folks.

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Cruisin’ To Cone Shell Country

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea anemone, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 10 comments

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We found so many CONE shells down by the seashore at Big Hickory Island this week. Sweet giant JINGLE SHELLS, WORMIES and WHELKS were among the beauties we found as well.

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Meet Super Sheller Dale in the red shirt. He found “CONE COUNTRY” with those ALPHABET CONES and FLORIDA CONES in the first image plus a few more fun favorite shells with Sandi and Kelvin all visiting from Illinois.

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We had so many cool shellers like SW Florida locals Kelli and Howard join us on this gorgeous day for our iLoveShelling beach combing adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises.

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So much fun to meet Brett and Meg from Virginia. I think being 7 months pregnant has made Meg’s shelling eye even more keen.

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She found some awesome treasures so I’m hoping they have a little sheller on the way since their little one has already felt the joy that shelling has.

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Brian and Kristen (Chicago) were the SAND DOLLAR magnets.

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Peggy (also from IL) loves the CORAL like I do- she found an awesome branch.

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Mary Ellen from Minnesota was so smart to fill her plastic shell bag with sand to protect her ANGEL WINGS and other fragile shells. Love that!

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John and Mary (WI) found 3 live colorful SEA ANEMONES hanging out on a BANDED TULIP.

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Once we marveled at the color and saw this creature “flowering” when we dipped it in the water, I took it out a little deeper in the water to return it to the Gulf Of Mexico. Always fun to see the different creatures of the sea!

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Seeing this photo of Margaret (NY) and her daughter Danielle (RI) just makes me smile. They are so sweet together and mother and daughter shellers

It makes my day to see families enjoying the thrill of the beach hunt together. It was a pleasure to hang out on the beach with Miriam, Emily, Laurie and Jim (Oregon) and to find ANGEL WINGS, OLIVES and SHARKS EYES with them. ❤︎

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A shelling family is a happy family because it’s so much fun to learn about the beach. Wes, Ruba, Laurie and Neal (Virginia), thank you for bringing your kids Teagan, Ethan, Matthew and Lilli on our shelling adventure. I had so much fun walking the beach with them and answering all of their questions about all the different shells and bling they found.

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It was way too cute to see the beach finds they chose when I asked them what their favorite things were that they found on the beach.

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Hershel, Connie, Nathalie, Collin, Kylie and Scott (Indiana) were celebrating Nathalie and Scott’s 20 year anniversary. Such a fun way to shellebrate with their family!

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You never know what you will find shelling by the seashore. On our cruise, most shellers hit Cone Country and I found a sun, fun shell filled day with the sweetest shelling families and friends old and new… my favorite days.

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PS- Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

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Stoop, scoop, "Whoop!". Our beach therapy chant. #iLoveShellingAdventure

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They Should Call This Place Treasure Island

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Beach Art, Beachy Shell Stuff, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fish of Florida, Puffer Fish, Shell Art | 23 comments

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When I get to spend a gorgeous morning on the water with a bunch of happy, silly and extremely fun shellers… I am over the moon shell! This little shell scrabble tile art started the day off with so many warm and fuzzies… Thank you Janet for making this for me!!!

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We even had a birthday party for Lynnda. Briggs, Lynnda, Craig, Laney, Ken and Katie came all the way from  Nebraska to spend their time together doing what they love. Such a fun family shellebration!

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We had another birthday shellebration too! Super Sheller Sawyer and his mom Melissa from Minnesota found all sorts of cool shells and beach bling.

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Sawyer found this awesome dried STRIPED PUFFER FISH (aka PORCUPINE FISH or BURRFISH). After I identified it for him he said “They should call this place Treasure Island… it’s full of cool treasure”. Be still my heart.

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Arriving on our Captiva Cruise to the secluded island of Cayo Costa on our iLoveShelling Adventure is always such a treat to begin with.

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It was a great day to hang out with Diane and Valerie from Ohio

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Seeing all the different variety of shells and bling they found.

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This gorgeous day was a fun getaway for Connie (Ohio) and Al (Iowa)

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To find a few of their favorites like dried STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ANGEL WINGS, LETTERED OLIVES, a SPECKLED TELLIN and lots of colorful JINGLES.

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Alyssa from Pittsburg was happy to find her favorite too…. candy! haha A teeny little orange juvie HORSE CONCH.

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Such pretty day for Rabon to find a several large SUNRAY VENUS doubles- love that smile.

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Gail from Kentucky is definitely living right…. Chillaxing. Or shall we say Shellaxing? ;) es

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It was a special day. We didn’t find the hundreds of SAND DOLLARS that we did last time but I feel very fortunate to have been able to hang out with such a fun group of shellers- Thanks y’all!

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I still have more Shell Festival photos to show you and catching up on showing Sanibel beaches- stay tuned for more Shell ‘n Tell! fun shells found on beach-1

 

Shelling is for the birds… Said no one ever. 🐚🐦

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Beach Bucks To Big Whelks – Our Shelling Adventure

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fish Swim Bladder, Horse Conch, Lightning Whelk, Sea Life, Whelk | 12 comments

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A new shelling destination! Our iLoveShelling Adventure with Captiva Cruises has lead us to explore a new part of to Cayo Costa island… and its so cool. We had quite the adventure as the temperature dropped to the low 50s (I know, it’s not as bad as most places in winter but its kinda cold for us) so we all bundled up then pulled up to a brand new dock, walked through some awesome scenery on a brand new boardwalk…

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We reached a part of Cayo Costa that nobody else can easily get to.

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Lots of shells lined the shore.

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It was so much fun to see what everybody was finding. Christina (MA) found lots of SAND DOLLARS.

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Look how cute Patti from Minnesota is! She has SAND DOLLARS in one bag, minis in another, the Sanibel Six shells in another and I think the last bag was her bestie bag. She is an organized sheller- nice work Patti!

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Mallory, Angie, Makenna and Pam (Kansas and Naples) were excited to find SAND DOLLARS and ANGEL WINGS.

happy shelling family on Cayo Costa

I think everybody found their own “Beach Bucks”…  Jennie from Philly (and Venice ;) ) found some too.

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Dave from Michigan is a super sheller! He found three big empty LIGHTNING WHELKS (one is in his net) on the beach. Shellzam, Dave!

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Marje and Rick (IN) were excited to find one too.

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Missy from Indiana is a super sheller too finding two empty HORSE CONCHS Another Shellzam! haha

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The apple doesn’t fall for from the tree… Missy’s mom Nancy is quite the sheller too…

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Nancy had her eye on double SUNRAY VENUS and double CALICO CLAMS. So pretty.

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Washed up in the high tide wrack line on the beach Anita (NY) found ANGEL WINGS.

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Sandi (AL) and Teresa (NY) collected all sorts of shell and a few wonderful memories… and me too. Sandi, it was so much fun to meet you and say “hi” to Michelle for me?

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Scott and Laura (MI) found more beach bucks too.

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Jackie found a very cool ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLAR …

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and Steve’s faves were the ANGEL WINGS.

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Dawn and Scott (Colorado) found some really fun finds…

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Don’t ya just love the pattern on that SAND DOLLAR? Those perfect PAPER FIGS have such amazing colors on the side as well.

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Kim and Lona (TX) found lots of shells on our trip and showed us their Texas shells. Thanks y’all!

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Jo and Jeff found shells and loved the bling… Jeff is holding a chunk of the COQUINA LIMESTONE.

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Ok, so you know I like my beach bling too, right? Pam from Naples found this weird thing on the beach and asked me what is was… “Oh cool!” I got really excited to see it because I found one a few years ago but something happened to it before I could take photos. haha It’s a FISH SWIM BLADDER . After I told her that she kinda didn’t want to hold it any more (heehee) and asked me if I wanted it… heck yea! LOL So now I have a FISH SWIM BLADDER to add to the Shellaboratory. ;)

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And there’s always someone that touches me and makes my day complete- Wendy and Scott from Indianapolis…

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The gifts we are given from the sea are treasures we keep with us forever.

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On our iLoveShelling cruises we get even more gifts… every passenger will receive a $25 gift certificate for Sealife By Congress Jewelry store!

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And one more for you…  here’s a gift of CYBERSHELLING! Click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see how many keepers you might see.

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PS- We had more special guests on our cruise as well- a film crew! In about 2 months when the piece is done, I’ll post the link here so you can see all of us on their film. We had so much fun- thanks for joining us!

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Freaking Out For Shell Heaven

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Life, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 15 comments

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I found shell heaven this week!

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When I can be on a boat …

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Filled with the nicest shellers in the world …

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Finding amazing shells…

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And Beach Bling…

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Amazing things happen…

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Great memories happen.

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Happiness.

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We even had DOLPHINS jumping beside the boat to welcome us to a spectacshellar day.

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This all happened on our iLoveShelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises this week boating to Big Hickory Island, Florida. The island was loaded with awesome treasures.

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And even more awesome shellers…

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This is why I feel like I found shell heaven this week.

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It’s not just about the shells but the experience we have along the way of finding them.

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It’s about the different things we find that are beautiful to us.

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And to share the experience.

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To share the joy.

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To share the experience with friends from the past…

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And to meet new friends…

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That’s not it… on every iLoveShelling Adventure …

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Every passenger will receive a $25 gift certificate for Sealife By Congress Jewelry store!

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Can you believe all the ALPHABET CONES, SHARKS EYES, GAUDY NATICAS, SEA PEARLS, ANGEL WINGS, SUNRAY VENUS, WORM SHELLS and BEACH BLING everybody found in all of the photos? It was crazy!

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Oh wait… and I found a reeaaally cool shell too!

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These trips are so much fun for me because I get to share a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned over lot of years combing our local beaches and give away shells – so I don’t normally keep any shells I find…but when I saw this “FREAK” FLORIDA CONE, Whoa…. Pounce! Look at that crazy spire.

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PS- We may have had freaking awesome shelling on our beaches this week but you folks up north in these snow storms have been on our minds every second of the day. Please stay warm and stay safe… by thinking about sifting through shells.

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Chillin’ With A Chilly Shelling trip to Cayo Costa

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Beach Bling Sea Debris, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Crucifix Shell, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Echinoderm, Sea Bean, Sea Cucumber, Sea Pearl | 10 comments

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We’ve had a nice cold snap that brought in some great lines of shells this week just in time for our iLoveShelling beach combing adventure to Cayo Costa island with Captiva Cruises.

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Okay, I know…. I should actually say “chilly snap” instead of “cold snap” since it was in the 60s but with the wind and being in the boat, it feels great to break out the jackets in Florida. So we bundled up and hit the beach just like twin sisters Debbi, Darlene from MA who found SUNRAY VENUSES, ANGEL WINGS, an ALPHABET CONE and lots of other treasures.

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Those were the same favorites that Pam and Mark from Baltimore found too.

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Joe, Liliana (NY) and Tim (Michigan) filled their shells buckets to stock up on some fun with art projects for the winter.

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I love days when there are lots of BEACH BLING that washes up on the shore as well… so lucky! A CRUCIFIX SHELL.

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We even found a live SEA CUCUMBER washed up on the beach so we snapped a photo then returned it to the water.

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I got soooo tickled with this next group of shellers from Pennsylvania… Stephen, Kathy, Phyllis and Dennis. Every step of the way, these guys were smiling and laughing with every stoop- y’all are so much fun! And congrats on your “concrete” find, Dennis. heehee

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I wish I could have shown you all the cool stuff Stephen found but the SHARKS EYE, BANDED TULIP, OLIVES and SUNRAY VENUS were so striking. Of course that fact that he picked up a BUTTERCUP, you gotta like this guy (Clark loves BUTTERCUPS so Im a little partial to them). He had found the little olive (on his wrist) on a previous trip to Sanibel so Kathy made that bracelet for him. I love that!

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It was a wonderful day to be chillin’ with so many cool shellers and find out we have mutual friends. Jim Tony, Bert and Lois say “Hi” to Diana for me! ;)

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Well, some of my photos didn’t turn out so well but I still wanted to show you that there are so many different and unusual things to find … from COFFEE MELAMPUS to MORTONS EGG COCKLES to SEA PEARLS to JINGLES to TULIPS to OLIVES.

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This is exactly what makes shelling so much fun.

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You can tell by seeing everybody all wrapped up on the way back to Captiva having a little Shell N Tell like Marie from Michigan.

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Its always so much fun to see the treasures.

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Its always such a treat to see Sue Bunkin whom I met on the beach years and years ago along with her beautiful family. Sue has spread the shelling love down through the generations of her family and now out to her girlfriends Mary, (Sue), Helen and Karen. shelling girls

It was so much fun to meet Mary and Karen (Lakeland, FL) when they showed me their favorite shells they found – OLIVES and TULIPS… while Karen told me that my blog and videos have helped her teach Marine Science to her students. Wow! I’m so honored I could help share the love and wonder of the beach and sea creatures with her class. Thank you Mary and Karen, that makes me verrrrry happy.

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You can also see happiness in the face of Michelle from Denver after she showed me her 2 incredible double VENUS SUNRAYS. These beautiful gifts from the sea will be perfect reminders just how special a day out on the water and exploring a new beach really is.

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As always, each passenger on this and all iLoveShelling cruises received a $25 gift certificate from Congress Jewelers  (formerly Sealife By Congress) to use in their store. Thank you Congress Jewelers for being so generous with the iLoveShelling community!

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PS- In the first photo, are WORM SHELLS, FALSE ANGEL WING, BABYS EARS, LETTERED OLIVE, LIGHTNING WHELK and ROSE PETAL TELLIN found by Diane from Tucson on our trip (she didn’t want her photograph again- heehee)

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