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Good Day On The Water In SW Florida

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Barnacled shell on the beach

My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.

Captiva Dolphin and shelling cruise

DOLPHINS were surrounding our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to our shelling adventure to Cayo Costa yesterday and I was lucky enough to catch this one’s dance. So cute!

Dolphin jumping next to our boat

When we pulled up to the island, the water was bright turquoise and the beach was beautiful… but seemed a little shell-less. Then Lynn and Bertha from Colorado showed me one of the biggest BABYS EARS I’ve ever seen.

Lynn and Bertha from Colorado visit Sanibel for shells

Oh baby!

Very large Baby's Ear shell

Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.

Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming collect shells in Florida

I met so many awesome families like Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville. Whitney was happy to find a nice size ANGEL WING to add to her collection.

Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville visit Sanibel

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana found some treasures for their shell bags but Hannah carefully held a SAND DOLLAR that broke in two perfect halves to keep a couple of sweet “Doves” still inside safe and sound.

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana visit Sanibel

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida found a BABYS EAR as well but I couldn’t keep my eyes off their darling hats. I need to start wearing a big floppy again too- adorable!

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida collect shells in Cayo Costa

Erin and Maura from New Jersey snorkeled for the first time since the water was so clear but I found out later, Maura is like me… her mask always fogs up so she ends up combing the beaches instead.

Erin and Maura from New Jersey visit Sanibel for shells

Linda from Fort Lauderdale had her whole beautiful family with her -Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach- to shellebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday Linda!

Linda, Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach from Ft Lauderdale visit Captiva

Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.

Deanna and Dylan from Ohio collect Florida shells

With shells!

Shells found on Cayo Costa Island Florida

Jack found the shell of the day! He saw a tiny bit of this big old LIGHTNING WHELK sticking out of the sand and got a little curious so he dug around it. Shellzam! It was a whole empty shell.

Jack holds big crusty whelk

He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.Alex and Jack find shells on Florida beach

It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!

Shell tree Cayo Costa


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Shells found On Big Hickory Island, Florida

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Florida shell finds

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on Big Hickory Island today on Sight Sea-r Cruises to enjoy the calm clear water and collect a few shells.

Beach combing Florida

Local girls Diane and Kristin from Naples found some shells and a SAND DOLLAR within a few minutes of hitting the beach.

Diane and Kristin from Naples find sand dollars on shelling trip

Matthew and Judi shelled the water’s edge to find a few keepers. I wish I had gotten a better picture of them… they were on the Sight Sea-R “Maiden Voyage” last year and I recognized them right away. So good to see again!

Shells with Matthew and Judi

Cathy from Illinois was a joy to be around…

Cathy iL with sunray venus shellsCathy iL with sunray venus shells

And she was thrilled to have found a few SUNRAY VENUS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, OLIVES, WORMIES and a sweet HORSE CONCH.
Sea shells from shelling trip

It was such a pleasure to meet Sara and Brigget (TN) and talk a bit while Brigget showed me her awesome ALPHABET CONE she found in the water.

Sara and Brigget TN found alphabet cone shell

Their friend Judi kept us in stitches as she propped her “Flo The Photo Bomber” on her shoulder as soon as the camera came out. Too funny!

Judi TN Flo Photo bomber

Nisse, Lynne, Scott and Brett were extremely happy to have found 4 ALPHABET CONES!

nisse, Lynne, Scott and Brett

Brett found 3 out of the 4 ALPHIES and a FLORIDA CONE as well! This is just some of the their favorites.

shells found in sw florida

The Texas cousins are baaaaack. They were on that “Maiden Voyage” too and this time decked out in bright fun colors. So good to see you again too Peggy, Pam, Debby and Pat!

Peggy, Pam, Debby and Pat Texas shellers

And so happy y’all found some fabulous shells again too. Look at those ROSE PETAL TELLINS and GAUDY NATICAS!

Rose petal tellin and gaudy antic on iLoveShelling Cruise

Anne and Debbie found some great loot too.

Anne and Debbie find shells SW Floridav

Look at these beautiful shells! Spectacsheller.

seashells found on shelling trip

One my favorite things to see… happy families  enjoying the beach together. Gus, Summer, Noah, Kerri, Faith and Correy (from Palm Harbor) are shell crazy but Kerri was thrilled to have found her first 3 SEA PEARLS. Congrats!

Gus, Summer, Noah, Kerri, Faith and Correy Palm Harbor shells_1

Gary and Debi (from my old stomping grounds in Va Beach) found SAND DOLLARS too and it was so muc fun to hang out and talk about my old “hood”.

Gary and Debi from Va Beach visit Florida for shells

I loved our entire time hanging out with such a fun group of shellers like Ann from MO… and such a stunning and stylish group too.

Ann from MO finds shells in Florida

As with every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress at Congress Jewelers on Sanibel. They are so generous!

Congress Jewelers gift cetificateSince lots of you couldn’t be with us today on this fabshellous beach, here’s a CYBERSHELLING photo with at least one little gem.
cybershelling nutmeg

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PS- I still have lots of photos and info to share with you from our shelling trip to Okinawa Japan- so stay tuned.



Spectacle Of Spectral Bittersweets

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Spectral Bittersweet Glycymeris spectralis

My mind is blown by how many spectacsheller SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS cover the beach on Jupiter Island, Florida.

seashells on Jupiter Beach Florida

This is a “Throw Back Thursday” since I never posted this trip my good friend Diane and I took from Sanibel over to the east coast of Florida in January to visit some other girlfriends- Girls Getaway! We couldn’t stay for very long so we packed in everything we could… including an hour on the beach for shelling. Of course.

Pam and Diane with seashells in Jupiter Florida shelling

We hit the mother load of SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS at Blowing Rocks Preserve which has beautiful rock formations exposed from ocean currents depositing drifting sea shells and sand to form an underwater bar of COQUINA LIMESTONE about 125,000 years ago. This is the largest rock formation of the Anastasia Formation from St Augustine to southern Palm Beach County.

Spectral bittersweet shells Blowing Rock Jupiter Florida

We mostly found the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS around the rocks but I did find a big ol’ LIONS PAW frag too (which I kept- heehee).

lions paw shell fragment

Along with the gorgeous view, the excellent company and a beautiful day, I found so many treasures on the beach to remember this quick girls getaway trip forever.

Sea shells found Jupiter Florida beach at Blowing Rock Hole

PS- Just so you can see the difference between the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEET (left- we’ve only found 2 on Sanibel that I can recall), the COMB BITTERSWEET (we find lots of them on Cayo Costa and Big Hickory) and the GIANT BITTERSWEET (on the right and one of my faves in SW Florida)… here’s the 3 BITTERSWEETS lined up together.

Difference in spectral, comb, giant bittersweet mollusk shell

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PS- And we visited a SEA TURTLE rehabilitation center too- so cool…

sea turtle rehab jupiter florida