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Shellers were finding BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS, NUTMEGS, FIGHTING CONCHS and the shiniest most colorful LETTERED OLIVES I have seen in a while.
And then there’s this… James from Kentucky found a big beautiful HORSE CONCH completely intact. Shellzam! What a find!
Not only were there shells, we saw plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery on our secluded island.
Our boat was filled with shellers from all over the world who got to know one another and share experiences AND share the shells they were finding.
It was so much fun to meet beach explorers like Dominic finding treasures with his family from Ohio.
And to see hawk eye shellers Rachelle and Justin again (they were on our May cruise too!) not only finding amazing shells but I think they gave away more than half of the shells they found. Shellers are awesome!
Shelling Sister Susan and Jerry from Panama City were thrilled to find beautifully patterned double SUNRAY VENUS shells half buried in the sand.
Kathy from Tulsa was on our cruise too! She still has her lucky Margarita bucket but since this one is on its last leg, I guess more margaritas are on order- whoohoo! I’m positive the next bucket will be lucky too.
Its so much fun to hang out with other happy shellers and especially to see the excitement when there are lots of treasures piling up in all sorts of shell bags and buckets.
And of course…. everybody on the cruise got an unbelievable $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress!!! Sealife By Congress thinks shellers are awesome too!
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Welcome to paradise! Yes, we definitely had a paradise cruise yesterday as we boated from Salty Sam’s Marina on the Sight Sea-R boat through Estero Bay to Big Hickory island for a very happy shelling party. We had a gorgeous day for our iLoveShelling cruise!
Perfect for combing the beach.
Perfect for sightseeing. We were so fortunate to see MANATEES, DOLPHINS and all kinds of birds … especially several bright pink ROSEATE SPOONBILLS.
But the best part of our whole shelling trip was hanging out with so many fun shellers. Seriously, it was a blast! Joe and Joanne from Las Vegas found ALPHABET CONES, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and other shells … but do you notice Joe’s shirt? Omigosh!
Yes, you read it correctly. LOL It says… ” I Heart Pam Rambo (and Super Sheller Clark too)”. Joanne made tee shirts for this shelling cruise and shaped a scallop shell into a heart!!!! hahahaha And she also made one for me (which felt that much funnier with me wearing a tee shirt with my name on it). I am not kidding, I can’t stop laughing. I’m still in stitches! They are so stinkin fun, they even had a tee shirt made for Clark too. Do you think he’ll wear it? LOL
But that’s not all… the whole day was so much fun. Diane From Tucson was on the cruise too! She is just as cute as a BUTTON SHELL and makes every moment feel very special when you are around her. Thank you Diane!
Jerry and Livy (KY) found some shells (SHARKS EYE, ANGEL WINGS, SAND DOLLARS) to fill their bags but it was priceless to see Jerry snorkeling the whole time enjoying the water.
Locals June and Colton were finding lots of WORM SHELLS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and ANGEL WINGS for the first time.
Colton was the OLIVE and SAND DOLLAR king!
The first shell of the day for Cheryl from Puerto Rico was a beautiful LIGHTNING WHELK with a perfect heart shape cut into it. Love!
These are just a few of their fave shells including yellow, orange, white, gray, amber and black JINGLE SHELLS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and lots of wormies.
Cathy (IL) and Sue (Sanibel local!) found some new shells for their collection….
… Like VARIABLE WORM SHELL, BROAD PAPER COCKLE, MOSSY ARK and a TURRID.
Tom was teaching me a little more about all the birds we saw as we were on the boat but Nancy is the awesome sheller. She found all of those WORM SHELLS in the sixth photo.
She also found so many other varieties of beautiful shells like several GAUDY NATICAS, NUTMEGS, SHARKS EYES, CONCHS, WHELKS, MUREXES and some gorgeous pieces of CORAL.
Also with all that fun, Sealife By Congress generously gave everybody on the boat a $25 gift certificate for a seashell pendant. They love shellers and will continue the giveaway for iLoveShelling cruises through February- WOW! Thank you Sealife By Congress!
But wait, that’s not it… After our exshellent four hour cruise pulled up to the dock, I realized I was famished. Since I didn’t have anything else scheduled for the day (very unusual), I asked if anybody else happened to be staying for lunch at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill right there at the marina. Yes! Joe, Joanne, Diane, Livy, Jerry and I got a table together and continued our shellebration with a shellicious lunch. It was truly a special day.
I hope you get to join us for one of these spectacsheller adventures in the future. Check out the dates and reserve your spot now CLICK HERE…
Look at all of the stunning purple SEA URCHINS shellers were finding on Cayo Costa yesterday on our iLoveShelling cruises to Cayo costa with Captiva Cruises! I’ve never seen so many people finding these fragile treasures like I did yesterday. Wow! Amy and her daughter Rachel (IL) started snorkeling in the calm clear water as soon as they go to the island then hit a honey hole to fill up their shelling bag with these beauties.
Lynda and her Aunt Rhonda were having the same luck while snorkeling. These SEA URCHINS are so cool!
The SEA URCHINS were such a treasure but then I was really amazed when I saw Rhonda pull up this huge double ANGEL WING. Yes! Both sides were still together! Shellzam!
Lauren, John, Valerie and Jessica from Maryland found lots of beautiful empty FIGHTING CONCHS as soon as we got off the boat.
They are such a shelling family, I don’t think they were going to miss a thing… They found all of these SEA URCHINS too.
Holly (OH) and her mom Karen (FL) not only looked like rock stars in their cutie petutie cover-ups on (heehee)…
They found oodles of double SUNRAY VENUS clams, COCKLES and found a SEA URCHIN too.
Lisa from Atlanta joined us again on another shelling cruise! I met her on last years cruise when she found an Arrowhead Sand Dollar.
This year she found lots of different shells… and showed me her picture perfect display of her fave treasures. Love it!
Judy B was on the cruise too! I can’t tell you how fun it is for me to see people I feel like I know from conversations on my blog. She is always so helpful with comments in my posts and has such a happy attitude all the time. It warms my heart.
She was excited to find a SPECKLED TELLIN (they are fairly uncommon to find on Sanibel and Captiva), EGG COCKLE and ALTERNATE TELLIN.
So this is how amazing this world is… Judy is the person who gave me my SAND DOLLAR charm from Sealife By Congress that I wear on my DOSINIA shell. She gave this to me last year on an iLoveShelling cruise- I’m not sure why she gave it to me but I loved it, still love it and am grateful she thought of me.
When we met last year we both had the same silver Queen Conch shell from Sealife By Congress (that she wore yesterday) so maybe she knew I had lost mine (in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba- since queen conchs aren’t a local shell maybe it wanted to go back to the Caribbean- heehee).
So this is kinda one of those “Pay it Forward” stories.
Fast forward to this year…. Yep! These are the same charms that you will receive on every featured iLoveShelling cruise in the form of a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress . You can choose your fave shell!
Isn’t that awesome? So Judy received one of these certificates yesterday on the cruise to get another charm or pendant for the one she gave me. And everybody else got one too! Yay! Thank you Sealife By Congress!
So not only did we have a blast shelling on one of the most beautiful islands in the world…
We found fabulous BEACH BLING like this COQUINA LIMESTONE.
We made wishes on the shell tree for more perfect days like this.
As we watched DOLPHINS and MANATEES playing around us…
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