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We sure Shelling Cruised Through May

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Birds, Black Skimmers, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Florida Wildlife, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 7 comments

The month of May could be my favorite time of the year on Sanibel. The weather is warm and sunny but with a few sweet tropical showers to water the plants and make the wildlife happy. We also get a little relief from the traffic so it makes life extra special to visit with friends, go shopping and explore the islands without worrying about parking. But this also means that I don’t open my computer as much so please forgive me for not posting sooner about our shellovely iLoveShelling Adventure day on Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises.

It was pretty spectacsheller!

The month of May brings out the nicest of shellers…

Jennifer found an alphabet cone and some other nice treasures and later that day she found a JUNONIA at the Lighthouse. Shellzam! Maybe it was your lucky shell from the shellucky bucket that helped? heehee ;) Congrats.

 

Terrie found a JUNONIA on her birthday a few days earlier and brought it with her to show us all on the boat. Boom Shellalaka! So much fun to see such joy.


We were able to spot 3 dolphins near the beach…

And a MANATEE mother and her calf popped their noses up to say “Hi” to us as well.

We also saw a flock of BLACK SKIMMERS nesting on the beach. They were safely behind the ropes of a protected area to keep their nests away from any disturbances or foot traffic. They are such beautiful birds with their unusual orange bill that is longer on the bottom than on the top which makes it easier to skim the water to catch fish. Cool!

Of course I always give away plenty of gifts on every iLoveShelling cruise!

Everyone is always espeshelly thrilled with this one…

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

PS- Soooo…. I’ve been working on another little project lately. That means I’ve got a surprise coming very soon that involves another GiveAway! It’s shelltastic -I cant wait! Wooohoooo

 

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A Golden Day on Cayo Costa

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 5 comments

We started our day with golden sunshine, blue skies, turquoise water and a beautiful boat ride to the island of Cayo Costa to hunt for seashells. We stepped off the Captiva Cruises boat to find the beach looking like this…

By the end of the trip, I was happy to see there were so many beautiful treasures.

I got to finally meet Marianne, Jan and Brian from the Netherlands! Long story short… but I was thrilled to see they are happy and healthy with such an incredishell shelling eye- Way to go Brian! (Thank you so much for the awesome goodies!)

 

Cutie Shellootie alert!


When we first got to the beach, it looked like a million little white CLAM shells and nothing else…. but then…. Oh Oh Oh! BABY’S EARS!

I love shelling alongside eagle eye guys like Bob when I happen to say “somebody just found a BABYS EAR- start looking for them!”. He’s like Super Sheller Clark when I want him to start looking for a particular shell… Boom Shellalaka! He found not just one but two.

Two days after the cruise, I ended up shelling right along side these super shellers at Blind Pass. So happy you came to Cayo Costa!

Yall should look for these gals on the beach whenever you have any questions ;). They knew all the really cool unusual types of shells out there.


Yay! So good to see yall!

Another BABYS EAR! But eeek… Im so bad on names- please forgive me yall. Thank you for giving me another article on COWRIES, another Miss Cutie Shellootie. (She gave me a COWRIE she found in Hawaii but I couldnt remember the name of it… it’s a SERPENT HEAD COWRIE.)

Be still my heart… I knew this was gonna be a fun cruise when I met these shellers. I meant to ask about her shelling bag… that design is so darn cute.

Talking about hearts… I think she made the whole trip filled with warm heart-filled joy by talking about all the fun shelloot she’d found on the beaches before the cruise. Then she found a gorgeous scallop actually shaped like a heart. It wasn’t broken… it truly had grown with a dip down in the middle so it looked just like a heart. Sharing the shellove.

Then I met this awesome family…

We got to talking on the way back .. then Tyler shows me an OLIVE. “Do you think this is a GOLDEN OLIVE?” he asked.

Shellzam! Heck yea thats a GOLDEN OLIVE and it’s perfect and buttery rich. Wow- Congrats!

golden olive butter color

PS- Awesome shelling at Blind Pass this weekend- photos and story coming up soon. ;)

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Boating to a Seashell Sandbar

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 12 comments

Most of the out islands in Southwest Florida are really just big sandbars… big ole sandbars with seashells.

Lots of these big ole sandbars like Big Hickory island are only accessible by boat … so that’s why we took Sight-Sea-R Cruises last week for our iLoveShelling adventure.

We had so many very cool shellers on board!

My favorite families…

Oh so sweet and adorbs! 😍

We had artists gathering for shell projects- good luck with your WORMIE frame!

 

Gathering for shell decorations for their upcoming wedding- congrats and best wishes y’all!

It was just so dang fun!

Everybody was finding these completely dried itty bitty teenie weenie little SAND DOLLARS way away from any damp sand up on the high wrack line.They must have gotten washed up weeks ago with the high winds then stranded in the hot sun. As we know, Mother Nature has her reasons.

It was like an EASTER egg SAND DIME ;) hunt.

The water was so calm and clear, it was perfect for finding FIGHTING CONCHS, OLIVES, TULIPS and WHELKS.

Shell Shell Horray!

We also got to check out the OSPREY nest with a baby.

Not only do we all get together for these events to be on the warm beach collecting gifts from the sea and witnessing amazing wildlife… we get to learn from each other. It’s such a pleasure to meet smart, interesting, lovely folks who want to share their knowledge as well. Thank you!

There’s always something to learn from the sea.

identify seashell shell

identify beach bling

 

 

 

 

 

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Practicing The Sanibel Stoop On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Baby's Ear, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, King's Crown, Shell Love Bug | 11 comments

Every single time I step on the beach of Cayo costa… its different. Its truly fascinating to see it change so drastically and which part of the beach the shells pile up.  The last few months, we had to walk down to the right to find the shells washed up and before that we found them to the left. This time as soon as we stepped on the beach on our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises, we saw loads of shells right in front of us.

Its so much fun to see the different shells everybody finds.

Lots of Sanibel Stoops … Or Cayo Conch Crouch? heehee

There’s enough for everybody!

SUNRAY VENUS, ANGEL WINGS, JEWELBOXES, CONCHS, SHARKS EYES…

And SAND DOLLARS

Such fun times!

Even a surprising live KINGS CROWN! (Of course safely put back in the water)

Yahoo! Fabshellous LIGHTNING WHELK totally empty.

Good to see Brin and her amazing shelling family again.

She’s an amazing artist so she has such a great eye for beautiful shells with different color patterns. Thank you Brin ;)

Such fun to hang out with so many amazing shellers.

Check out this spectacsheller assortment Will found… BUTTON SHELLS to BABYS EARS and lots in between.

 

I had a surprise for everyone too! Shell Love Bug made a special appearance at Captiva Cruises so everybody on our shelling boat could see her. Fun! For Easter week, Shell Love Bug is now at the airport in Fort Myers until April 18 – hope ya get to see her and find your favorite shell.

Hey hey- I have new dates for summer iLoveShelling cruises! Hope I get to see y’all-  Check them out …

PS- I’m really sorry I couldn’t work in all requested dates :(

 

 

 

 

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Special Days when Dolphins Dance

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 10 comments

The skies were blue, the water turquoise, the beach had shells on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory island with Sight Sea-R Cruises. But the best part of this entire day for me was meeting such awesome happy people who were seeking shells in the water and beach bling (like SEA PEARLS still in their purse) and mini shells up on the beach. It was soooo much fun to meet y’all!

Super Sheller Tyler found an awesome albinistic LACE MUREX and GAUDY NATICA…

He also found the coolest FIGHTING CONCH shell fragment perfectly sliced showing its growth pattern. Love that so much.

how a shell is formed

How can these smiles get cuter?

Now you can see why those are such cute smiles… look at that huuuuge NUTMEG (of course its always a good day to find an ANGEL WING).

It was fun to see Julie again with her family. While the girls were shelling, the boys were fishing on the island. Yep, they caught quite a few fish – congrats!

Such a fun day Mother-Daughter day shelling together :)

We even had awesome shellers from Europe!

Its a special day to meet so many shellers who have the same love of shelling. Beach combing is really just a path to lead us to experiences that have even bigger meaning, right?

Who knows where those experiences will take us when we explore and learn about the sea.

Long lasting friendships are formed on special days like these.

You know its a special day when DOLPHINS wanna dance and play with us!

 

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Taking a Shelling Trip to Cayo Costa

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 34 comments

There were all sort of shells on the beach at Cayo Costa on Monday for our iLoveShelling shelling trip!

Unfortunately, I had a “trip” of my own on Sunday and twisted my ankle. Rasher fresher! Thank goodness Capitva Cruises arrives at a dock on Cayo Costa so I didn’t have to climb down a ladder to get to the beach. So I hobbled along the beach and found a nice shelly part of the beach to enjoy the island and all of the great company.

Last year, my good friend Jane broke her hip so sweet, thoughtful Sunny Sanibel Sandy bought her a cane that was hollow inside….. so we filled that cane with all of the shells we know Jane loves.

Thank goodness Jane is completely healed so no longer needs to use the cane so she asked me if I’d like to borrow it for the shelling trip. Yes! It’s exactly what I needed to help me find my way to a beautiful day.

I would have been soooo bummed if I couldn’t go on that shelling trip Monday! I would have been so upset not to be able to hang out with other cool shellers  ….

To finally meet and hear about shelling besties!

To learn from each other…

And to see so many awesome finds…

And to talk about how we know each other… my YouTube buddy!

To hear fabshellous family shell stories…

To see dear Sunnye and meet more of her beautiful shelling family.

Oh… and did I mention there were oodles of shells? These were just a few of Sunnye’s beauties… an amazing purple inside of double CALICO CLAM, GAUDY NATICA, PURPLISH TAGELUS,  double ALTERNATE TELLIN, WHITE CRESTED TELLIN and a sweet little BABYS EAR.

So the doctor says I need to RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevate) my foot for the next few weeks plus add physical therapy. So I’m trying.

We’ve got lots of high winds right now so the tides have taken lots of those shells back out to sea but in a few days, Im sure more shells will be piling in…  so I hope to find a big shell pile somewhere I can plop down and do some sittin n siftin. So if ya see one, holla at me! Write a comment? ;)

 

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