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i Love Shelling Cruise to Mystery Rocks

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bryozoa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 16 comments

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Nice ALPHABET CONE, Denise!  She found this incredible shell (incredishell) while beach combing with her family Devin, Paul and Gwyneth (they found awesome shells as well!) at Big Hickory Island on our iLoveShelling adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises earlier this week.

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I had such a great time seeing everybody find ANGEL WINGS, WORM SHELLS, SUNRAY VENUS shells and some much more. It’s what makes it so special to me.

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It was so much fun to talk to Sarah and Catherine about their shelling trip to North Caicos they took last year. After I posted about our trip to Turk and Caicos in 2013, they followed our same trip and loved it just as much as we did.

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I’ve “met” Jason and Twyla on iLveShelling Facebook page but I finally got to meet in person on our trip. It was a blast to hang out with y’all!

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Jason showed me the KNOBLESS FIGHTING CONCH he found compared to the regular “knobbed” FIGHTING CONCH. And of course one of a few SAND DOLLARS he found.

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Subreda and Sumita came all the way from Mumbai, India to visit local sheller Menju and to join us for our shelling day. They are awesome they even shared some yummy Indian snacks – deeee-licious.  Thank you so much for shelling with us, y’all.

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These are some of Sumita’s shells…

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The shelling girls Mickey, Becky and Carolyn came out to shell with us too.

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Mickey found her first SEA PEARLS…

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Sisters Robin and Sue went for totally different shells.

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Sue found an awesome ALPHIE, ANGELS, TULIP, KINGS CROWNS and cool Beach Bling like BRYOZOANS and SEA PEARLS.

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Robin found happiness in the mini shell pile… look at that sweetest lintiest SAND DOLLAR omg.

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We were in the presents of lots of other mini shell lovers too like Cheri.

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Hey Hey, They are back! Jerry and Livy are learning their way around Big Hickory better than anybody on the beach and in the water. They’ve been on this same cruise quite a few time and it’s so dang cool that Jerry shares his knowledge with everybody too.

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On our boat ride to the island, I saw Jon and Bob with snorkel gear so I asked Jerry if he would give them any tips. While Romaine combed the beach her men, Jon and Bob snorkeled around the water and used some of Jerry’s advice… Oh yea. Happy faces!

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Most of our shellers found their treasures on the beach, like Diane and John…

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… and Laura, Mike, Paula and Jim

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On the return boat ride after our fabshellous shelling adventure,  Bob and Romaine had mentioned they find Fulgurite pieces (fused quartz that happens when lightning strikes the sand. Remember the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”? ) on beaches of North Carolina and they thought they found some FULGURITE on Big Hickory too. Since shellers are so like minded, I showed their pieces to our whole boat of shellers … come to find out, we all collected similar pieces. Ok, so…. these are the pieces in the photo below. We are still trying to figure out if they could be FULGURITE. Last year on this iLoveShelling cruise, we had a geologist on the boat and he thought it was wave tumbled concrete from an old concrete structure. He thought the holes were old shells that had crumbled over time. Hmmmmmm… the mystery continues. Concrete? Or FULGURITE? Whadaya think?
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To make the day even happier, everybody received their gift certificate from Congress Jewelers too!

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It was an amazing day with awesome folks. Thank you for coming!

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Sunny Shelling on Cayo Costa

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 4 comments

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Ahhhh. A warm, sunny day on a beach with miles of turquoise water AND a few seashells.  Heaven on earth!

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Our afternoon iLoveShelling boat trip with Captiva Cruises took us to Cayo Costa Island to experience a wonderful adventure with a few “firsts”. Susan from Michigan found her first LETTERED OLIVE!

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Ardys (WI), Gene and Susan learned how to use their shell nets and “backhoes” for the first time- that first OLIVE got them going. They are pros now!

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Tamela from Georgia found her FIGHTING CONCH conch.

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I got to meet some awesome families visiting Cayo Costa for the first time like Ashley, Reese, Sonny and Chandler from Oklahoma.

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And like this awesome shelling family Reese, Tamra, Sue and Reilly from New Hampshire. Nope, that wasn’t a typo- we had 2 Reeses that were able to meet each other on the way back to the boat. First time hanging out with 2 cutie sheller girls named Reese.

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These were Reilly’s favorite shells she found. That’s an itty bitty teenie weenie little bright orange SCALLOP SHELL. Adorbs!

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Her first BABYS EAR! Sue is visiting SW Florida all the way from Plymouth, England to do some shelling and was ticked to collect a BABYS EAR shell.

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I’m so thankful to Ellen and Tom (CO) who came on our trip with stories and thoughtful gifts so I’m thrilled they found some beautiful treasures to take back with them from this gorgeous day.

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Well I shouldn’t say ALL of their treasures were “beautiful” haha. Yes that GAUDY NATICA, double SUNRAY VENUS, double ALTERNATE TELLIN and most of their shells are fabulous but Shellen Ellen found a SPIDER CRAB shell (at the top) that is a very cool piece of “Beach Bling” but …. beautiful? Naaaaa. haha

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So much fun to hang out and talk with shellers because we all have so much more in common than just shelling. Susan and Bill (NC) were no exception- so much fun to hang out and chat with y’all while we look for shells.

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Same thing for talking to Julie and Patrick (Chicago) in between scooping for shells along the surf’s edge.

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So I found out that Jay and Jo (Indiana) are just about as obsessed with shelling as much as Clark and I are. Fun!

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As we were pulling away from the dock on Cayo Costa, a family of MANATEES popped up out of the water to say Hi! That’s a first for me on this back side of the island.

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They hung around the boat for a few minutes putting on a show for us. Cool!

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Also on the way back to Captiva, I had to take a photo of Kris, Linda, Diane and Dave because I’ve introduced Linda and Diane before on another cruise. They met on another iLoveShelling cruise and this time brought their husbands with them- the story is so cool! CLICK HERE
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Don’t you just love, love, love Gwen’s smile? This is exactly how I always feel when I find shells or bling that make me happy.

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She even found a huge chunk of JUNONIA.

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Of course everybody had big smiles as well after receiving $25 gift certificates to Sealife By Congress

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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.

Wes, Ruba, Teagan, Ethan, Matthew, Lilli, Laura, Neal Roanake VA

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.

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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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