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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.
Oh yay, baby! These were all found while on our shelling trip with Sight Sea-R cruises on Wednesday.
We found a mound of shells!
There were ALPHABET CONES, SAND DOLLARS, NUTMEGS, WHELKS, TURKEY WINGS and a few treasured ROSE PETAL TELLINS…
To SHARKS EYES, OLIVES and CONCHS…
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.
The ride to the island on the back bay was absolutely gorgeous but even better arriving at low tide to shell the sand flats.
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.
We found WHELKS, BABYS EARS, WORMIES, CONCHS and lots of SEA URCHINS on our iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa … but Jeff (from VA) got a head start of everybody else. He started shelling on the low tide mud flat beside the dock at Mccarthy’s Marina before our Captiva Cruises boat even left for the island! He spotted something on the bar then came up with 2 LIGHTNING WHELKS and a PEAR WHELK. Love it!
We arrived on Cayo costa to grey, overcast skies…
But the sun started peaking out just in time to shine on the shells. Amy from Kansas City quickly found 2 SUNRAY VENUS clams with both sides still attached. It was a SUNRAY VENUS kinda day!
Trish and Bill (FL) were having the same luck with FIGHTING CONCHS on the bayside where the boat anchored.
As I walked around to the Gulf side of the island, I saw Elizabeth and her Gramma Linda (Nebraska) working the high tide wrack line where all of the miniatures were hiding.
Elizabeth said she saw a BUBBLE SHELL so then started to focus on finding a WENTLETRAP. Yes! She found one along with a whole host of other sweet minis like this FALSE ANGEL WING, teeny tiny juvie CHESTNUT TURBAN, CERITHS, WHELKS, CONCHS and even tiny dried SEA URCHINS.
Sarah from Fort Lauderdale found a few nice chunks of COQUINA LIMESTONE to use as display for the different shells she found on her trip.
Sasha and Brooks (IL) found a few treasures to fill their shell bucket but I was thrilled for Sasha that she found a beautiful FLORIDA CONE.
I was tickled to see Becky and Wade on the cruise! They are amazing shellers who love everything about the beach and end up sharing most of their shells since they have so many. They are always a delight.
They couldn’t resist keeping the gorgeous double SUNRAY VENUSES. I don’t blame them… look at those colors!
There were some very cool WORM SHELLS that Ellen and Chad (Ohio) found but they found SUNRAY VENUSES as well and the one Ellen is holding up has an incredible color pattern- the color was as magenta as her jacket!
Jeff and Lisa found even more treasures to add to Jeff’s finds at the marina dock and they were also happy to receive $25 gift certificates from Sealife By Congress.
Yes, once again everybody on the iLoveShelling cruise received a $25 gift certificate to trade for a sterling silver charm or to use for anything else in their store. Thank you Sealife By Congress!
It was really fun to see Candace and Ken (MO) again (Candace helped me solve the Texas Longhorn mystery!) in her cutie tee shirt and she had strung a SUNRAY VENUS on a necklace with a silver charm similar to my DOSINIA necklace. Warm and fuzzies, I tell ya.
But hold on, we didn’t just find shells… Sisters Cissy (Asheville, NC), Debbie (Chapel Hill, NC) and Karen (Charleston, SC) had great luck finding shells (the top photo with the BABYS EARS) but they also saw an injured bird that needed rescuing. Carolina Sisters to the rescue!
They hurried back to the boat to tell Captain Skip who grabbed a towel then hurried to the beach to find it. He found a SANDWICH TERN unable to fly because of an injured wing so he gently gathered the bird in the towel to keep her secure then headed back to the boat to call CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife).
As soon as we got back to the dock, CROW volunteers Jaclyn and Ryan were waiting with a carrier to get Miss SANDWICH TERN safely to the clinic for medical help and treated ASAP. I called today to see how she was – she’s gaining weight and healing her wing but she still needs a few more days to recover. Get well quickly, Miss BLT! heehee
Here are the awesome rescuers…
See? Shelling is ALWAYS an adventure. You should join us on one of these exshellent shelling trips with so many other fabshellous shellers. I just announced new dates through May 2015… CLICK HERE for the new dates and more info…
Wow… WORM SHELLS, WHELKS and even a WENTLETRAP! Our weekend away was wonderful collecting CLAMS, CONCHS and CORAL on the coast of Clearwater Beach.
I’m still giddy with all these shells.
Lots of these shells were found on our boating day with Captain Paul Hajash I told you about on my last post “i Love Shelling- Clearwater Beach” but we also found lots of shells on the beach in front of our hotel – Hilton Clearwater Beach. Right beside the hotel is Pier 60 which seems to collect little pockets of shells … and you know we love our mini shells… oh yaya baby… lots minis!
Omigosh… a WENTLETRAP!
We weren’t even in full shelling gear… we were just walking the beach back from the festivities at Pier 60 (ooooh- and ice cream) and started seeing so many sweet shells. These were only a few treasures Clark found in just a few minutes… another BABYS EAR, more SHIVA SHELLS and another LONG SPINED STAR SHELL. Yes!
Wouldn’t you love to see what that shell line looked like with all these mini shells? Aha! I thought that would be the case so I snapped a photo of this little area of lots of broken bits of shells… but there are some goodies in there too. Actually, there are oodles of goodies. I didn’t even see the SHIVA SHELL when I took the photo, but now looking back at it… theres one in this CYBER SHELLING next photo. Can you find it? It doesn’t have the swirly side showing but if you look back at my last post and look at my hand full of them, you will see what the other side looks like and you’ll be able to spot this one. Click on the next image to enlarge it for some fun CYBERSHELLING… and then I’ll show you a monster of a shell just a few feet away from this.
After we picked up a few more minis, we saw Dave and Susie from Michigan holding this huuuuge live LIGHTNING WHELK. Shellzam! Such a gorgeous creature. Their son Jason found it right in front of the hotel but as Dave and Susie were returning this live animal back to the water, Jason ran up to the room. I missed Jason but Im thrilled I got to see his amazing MOLLUSK before it went back to the sea… to hopefully breed more beautiful LIGHTNING WHELKS.
We met Jett and his mom Ashley (Indiana) coming off the beach with a bucket of shells too. Jett’s favorite was a perfect FIGHTING CONCH.
We also did a little exploring of the other things Clearwater Beach has to offer… like seeing Winter the Dolphin. She’s the DOLPHIN who lost her tail then was rescued and rehabilitated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It’s an amazing true story of Winter and a prosthetic tail that was made for her so she could survive. She then went on to star in movies about her life Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. Clark and I learned about Winter after watching the first movie so it was so much fun to be able to see her in person. Here she is with her BFF, Hope, as we watched them from the underwater viewing window.
We felt like little kids when we got to hold Winter’s prosthetic tail and sleeve. We love that Clearwater Marine Aquarium isn’t actually an “aquarium” though… it’s really a rehabilitation center. They don’t have dolphin shows or any other animal shows- its more of an educational center for the public with their mission being Rescue, Rehab and Release. The 3 Rs. Of course Winter can’t be released back into the wild but most animals they rescue are only there until they are ready to go back to living in their natural habitat. Its an awesome place.
We missed the evening festivities at the beginning of our trip because we were completely worn out from shelling all day, but we finally made it back to Pier 60 for the sunset party. With live music serenading the sun setting over the gulf- its so fun and colorful.
A fabulous way to end a beautiful weekend.
As promised, here are a few tips about how to get to Caladesi and a few other things about shelling Clearwater Beach that were asked from my last post…
Years ago, Caladesi Island State Park (pronounced Cal-a-dee-see) and Clearwater Beach were separated by a channel of water so they were 2 different islands but that channel has been filled in by winds and currents over the years filling the channel with sand so now they are one island. Meaning… We could have walked 3 miles on the beach to the north tip of Caladesi from our hotel on Clearwater Beach…. and yes, we could have done that But we would have had to walk BACK the 3 miles …. carrying a boat load of shells. Also, we could have driven to Honeymoon Island north of Clearwater Beach to catch the 20 minute ferry to the marina on Caladesi and walk to the beach and shell that area. Either of those options are do-able but we chose to hire a boat captain so that we could quickly get to the areas we wanted to shell… the north tip and the sand flats. We only had a short time to shell so we wanted to see the area for ourselves and be able to tell Captain Hajash to keep going or stop at a flat if we saw anything. It was perfect!
If you go, here are the highlights of our awesome trip:
Shelling/Fishing Boat Captain- Captain Paul Hajash, http://www.flyfishingflorida.com
Hilton Clearwater Beach – http://www.hiltonclearwaterbeach.com
Clearwater Marine Aquarium- http://www.seewinter.com
Pier 60- http://www.sunsetsatpier60.com
Crabby Bills- http://www.crabbybills.com/BW.html
And if you still need more info…. http://www.beachchamber.com