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.
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 :(
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 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!
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? ;)
In the last two weeks, we’ve seen lots of beaches in southwest Florida covered in shells. We’ve also seen some of those treasure filled beaches swept back in to the Gulf Of Mexico just as quickly as they came in. But on Big Hickory Island, we were still finding all sorts of cool loot stretched out from one wrack line to another.
We were on our iLoveShelling seashell adventure on the Sight Sea-R!
So when we get a boat load of fun shellers together…
we all find super fabshellous stuff.
And super fabulous new friends…
Not only did our group find ROSE PETAL TELLINS…
FALSE ANGEL WINGS and FALLEN ANGEL WINGS…
We found a few WENTLETRAPS too…
Oh yea…. ALPHABET CONES!
Then there’s this ball of CRYSTAL she found on the beach …
Wow! We had a geologist on the boat who said this may be hundreds of millions of years old.
And there’s Helen’s good fortune…. she found a super, SUPER fabulous shell. She found a LIONS PAW!
When ya have lots of other awesome super dooper shellers that gather around to show appreciation for this sweet find, it’s even more fun than ever to be a beach comber.
Not sure how it gets better than this.
Oh wait… Gifts. Thats what is even better. I give lots of little gifts to each passenger on our iLoveShelling cruises along with Congress Jewelers!
PS- Clark and I are judges in the Sarasota Shell Show this weekend February 3-5 so if you’re around, stop by and say “hi”. We’ll probably be there most of the day on Saturday and Sunday morning as well. Its a fantastic show!
Oh yea… and another PS- While I’m in Sarasota, Shell Love Bug will be at ArtFest Fort Myers this weekend if ya wanna stop by to see her. CLICK HERE for more scheduled tour dates.
What a beautiful sight to see!
Cayo Costa loaded with shells this week.
OLIVES and SHARKS EYE
and WHELKS , Oh my!
Exciting finding a beach buck
on shallow water bars… what luck.
Oooh how we swoon
over GAUDY NATICA moons
Blue skies and calm water swells
Make it easy to find mini shells.
SEASTARS with new arms
Smiles with lotsa charms
It doesn’t get much better than these cuties
With soooo many shell-looties!!!!
Our iLoveShelling Adventure was such a blast
Catch our next Captiva Cruise before its passed.
Heeehee- just felt like a little rhyme time today…. But seriously, we had so much fun and I’ve got new dates for iLoveShelling cruises! Check them out CLICK HERE