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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

Come out on an iLoveShelling shelling trip with us… CLICK HERE for details

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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

Join me on another one of our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure trips- for more info CLICK HERE

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It’s The Shelliday Season On Sight Sea-R

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Alphabet cones, wormies and horse conch shells collected

Shellzam! It may have been a little chilly this week for Florida weather (in the 50’s) but we sure like it when this kind of weather brings in the shells.

Shell collection from beach combing Florida

Oh yay, baby! These were all found while on our shelling trip with Sight Sea-R cruises on Wednesday.

sand dollars and seashells collected

We found a mound of shells!

piles of seashells





Even WORMIES and CANDY! See that itty bitty orange HORSIE hidden in the other shells?


We were all having a very merry time on our exshellent shelliday cruise.

Sight Sea-R shelling trip to Big Hickory Island

The ride to the island on the back bay was absolutely gorgeous but even better arriving at low tide to shell the sand flats.

beach combing on a sand bar

And this is so cool… Toni (PA) found 2 huge live LIGHTNING WHELKS.


They were only about a foot away from each other on the water’s edge so after she shared this amazing sight with everybody and a few photo ops she put them back where she found them to go about doing whatever it was they were doing when she found them. Fingers crossed they will breed!


Here’s Toni with her friends Jan, Dottie, (Toni) and Lois just after they put the WHELKS back in the water. Very


Russ and … oh wait… you’re gonna love this as much as I did…. Russ’s wife’s name is Shelley (I want that name! haha). But the funniest thing is- they are from Coralville. Shelley from Coralville finding shells and coral on a shelly beach on an iLoveShelling shelling trip .


From Kentucky… Steve and Trina found those SAND DOLLARS with the LACIE and ALPHIE in the 3rd photo from the top.


Visiting from Indiana, Jennifer and Brian were the spectacsheller shellers that found that huge ALPHIE in the first photo. And even more amazing finds that I didn’t even show!


Visiting all the way from Germany, Dina and Ergin had the eye for WORM SHELLS and SHARKS EYES. They were thrilled! But…. please forgive me y’all if I misspelled your names- I lost my notes and some of my photos some how amongst all the shellebrating. Ack! (Update: Oh gosh- Thank you Dina for the correction. I was sooo close…. y’all are hard to forget since we had so much fun :))


We also had a very special family visiting from Oregon… Nicole, Jesse, Dennis and little cutie pie Super Sheller Sophie. And Dennis found a SCOTCH BONNET! I have some awesome photos of their shells but I’d like to show you their shells in my next post since I saw them earlier in the week on the beach too. Love them!


And look who else was on our trip! Sisters Marie and Martha from our Shellabaloo 3 September 2013- It was so much fun seeing you both again! You always make me smile.


Speaking of Shellabaloo, we now have a few spots open for our Shellabaloo Exshellaganza January 5-8. This would be the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite sheller! CLICK HERE for info and to reserve your spot- it’s gonna be a blast!


If you can’t join us for Shellabaloo, then join us for our next iLoveShelling Sight Sea-R shelling cruise January 7, 2015… but you better hurry- there’s only a few more seats available. Get on the conch horn and join us for one of these shellucky trips!


CLICK HERE for all of our dates, times and info to join for some special shellowship.