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Apr
02

Calm, Cool and Collecting Shells

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sand dollar with shell bracelet

Another day, another fabshellous SAND DOLLAR on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises yesterday.

boating to shelling destination in Florida

It was a blast and an amazingly calm, beautiful day to hunt for shells.

collecting shells in Bonita Florida

family time on the beach

Patti Goodwin (Nova Scotia) found a perfect SAND DOLLAR just moments of stepping on the beach.  That’s her SAND DOLLAR in the first photo with the shell bracelet similar to mine. We both go them from the Sealife By Congress line at Congress Jewelers. Love it!

Pat Goodwin with sand dollar

Erin (Chicago) had great luck with ANGEL WINGS and WORM SHELLS…

Erin from Chicago found angel wings on the beach

angel wings coquinas worm shells

It was so much fun to meet Megan H and her dad Peter (Illinois) after reading many of her comments here on iLS. Such a lovely time hanging out with you!

Megan H, Peter from Illinois collecting shells in sw FL

Her favorites from the trip include a SAND DOLLAR, ROSE PETAL TELLIN, ANGEL WINGS, KEYHOLE LIMPET, MAUVE MOUTH DRILL and a BUTTON SHELL.

beach finds from sw florida

I’m always thrilled to meet such great shelling families who enjoy being out on the beach together exploring. Fredrik, James, Michael and Jinny from VA were such a treat to talk with and shell with.
Fredrik, James, Michael, Jinny from VA find shells in FL

I was so happy to see that they loose to collect minis. Can you see how big that TUSK SHELL is in James’ hand? He even found a WENTLETRAP!

collecting tusk shells

We had lots of other families too. Like cutie shellooties Pearl and Becca from Sarasota.

Becca and Pearl find shells in sw fl

Marlene, Max, Emily and Ryan found a few keepers too.

Marlene, Max, Emily, Ryan on shelling boat

Charles, Ava, Andrea and Charlotte came to Southwest Florida from Ohio to enjoy a little shelling…

Charles, Ava, Andrea and Charlotte from Ohio enjoy shelling cruise

So happy Liam, Rosamary, Jillian and Mike drove from north Florida to join us on our shelling adventure…

Liam, Rosamary, Jillian, Mike north Florida

Liam and Jillian have quite the shell eye. I wish I had shown a little more of Liam’s LACE MUREX (it’s just peaking out in between the OLIVES and WORMIE)- it’s gorgeous!

seashells crab shells and sea pearl

Teresa, Reagan, Daniel and Mark were visiting from Kentucky to have some fun shelling.

Teresa, Reagan, Daniel, Mark from KY find shells in sw fl

Reagan is another Shelling Sister that loves JINGLES and aqua nail polish (I do too, Reagan!).

jingle shells and aqua nails

So good to see Tim and Mary again as well…

Tim, Mary find shells on salty sms cruise

Time showed me a few of his favorite finds of the day and I couldn’t help but notice his SHARKS EYE had a rough texture on the surface.

shells and sand dollars found

A little closer look at it… Aha- That’s SNAIL FUR! SNAIL FUR ( Hydractinia echinata) is a HYDROID (related to JELLYFISH) that forms on shells that have HERMIT CRABS occupying them. Hmmm, I wonder why? I’ve never been able to get it completely off a SHARKS EYE shell without it looking scared but it’s kinda cool just to know what it is that coats SHARKS EYES because I normally don’t see SNAIL FUR on many other type shells.

sharks eye shell with snail fur hydroid Hydractinia echinata

But anyway, there were other shells that we found that will clean up beautifully!

seashells in a circle

It was an amazing day on the beach combing and collecting in the cool, blue, calm waters surrounding Big Hickory Island on our Sight Sea-R shelling cruise.

cool calm and collecting

And of course each passenger on this iLoveShelling Adventure received a $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers-  Yahoo!

SLBC iLSPromo

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flip flops and seashells

I always flip flop when I try to decide which I like better… SAND DOLLARS or ANGEL WING shells.

sand dollars and angel wing shells

Some of the lucky shellers on our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises found both!

iLoveShelling Shelling trip on Sight Sea R Cruises

They were mixed in with WORM SHELLS and double SUNRAY VENUS shells too.

seashells found on big hickory island, florida on sight sea-r cruise

Loved hanging out with Shannon and Mark from Minnesota. The were happy to find their first ANGEL WINGS…

Shannon Mark MN on Big Hickory Island Florida beach

Lookie at these cutie shellooties Ellen, Paige, Melissa and Gail from Oregon all dressed up in their iLS gear. Love these shelling sisters!

Ellen, Melissa, Paige and Gail OR beach comb Florida

It so much fun to see so many familiar faces like cutie Mary. She was finding lots of perfectly dried HORSESHOE CRABS and WORM SHELLS.

Mary finds horseshoe crabs

Awwww and Michelle had her FLAT SCALLOP necklace on again to bring back lots of fun memories. She brought her sister Patti this time too so it was so much fun to hear their shelling stories together.

Patti Michelle shelling on Big Hickory Island

Michelle found a nice ALPHABET CONE to go along with her ANGEL WINGS and other BEACH BLING.

beach find faves for the day

I met another set of sisters Lyn and Lucy from Iowa at my Shellography Photography opening earlier in the week so it was so good to see them again.

lyn lucy iowa on shelling cruise

Lyn loves the minis too so these were her faves. This was the first time that I’ve seen anybody find a MORTON’S EGG COCKLE (bottom left of the ROSE PETAL TELLIN) on Big Hickory Island. Hmmmmm…. I know what I’ll be looking for next time I’m there!

mortons egg cockle, rose petal tellins, dusky cone, worm shells

Gary and Pam (Hi Pam!) found their first ANGEL WINGS too.

Pam and Gary find angel wings on Big Hickory Island

Along with Kathy and Bob from Mayaka, Florida…

kathy bob from mayaka, florida find angel wing shells

Who’s cute flip flops were those in the first photo? They were Linda’s! She and Jay from Cape Coral found those SAND DOLLARS, ANGEL WINGS and that big LIGHTNING WHELK in the high tide wrack line.

Linda Jay Cape Coral found sand dollars angel wings

Since Linda was afraid she was going to break her SAND DOLLAR before she got back on the boat, she saw Sight Sea-R’s Captain Phil combing the beach and checking the water conditions. He offered to “baby sit” her SAND DOLLAR to get it back to the boat in one piece. So nice! I guess he was her Shell Bank- a place to keep her DOLLARS safe.

Salty Sam's Captain Phil finds shells beach combing

My friend Robin Draper from Authentic Florida was on our cruise too along with her husband Mike. Woohoo! We might be seeing an article about this shelling adventure soon- if we do, I’ll post it here when she sends a link.

Robin Draper and Mike beach combing on shelling cruise

As on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received an awesome $25 gift certificate from my fave jewelry store on Sanibel… Sealife By Congress (inside Congress Jewelers). They are fabshellous to the shelling community!

Congress gift certificate

It was such a fun day meeting so many incredishell shellers and hanging with so many familiar faces. I’m over the MOON SHELL.

gaudy nautica on southwest florida beach

 

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Mar
10

Calling All Seashells From The Shellphone

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Finding Florida sea shells on Cayo Costa Island with Pam Rambo

We found seashells for miles on our iLoveShelling adventure yesterday to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises.

Collecting Florida shells and beach bling in March on Captiva Cruises

Among WHELKS, CONCHS, COCKLES, OLIVES and TULIPS, Morgan found a MACULATED BABY’S EAR and her brother (both from MO) found a huge WORM SHELL.

Morgan and Wyle MO find shells on Cayo Costa

An outstanding BROWN BABYS EAR- Congratshellations Morgan!

maculated brown baby ear iLoveShelling trip

Bill and Linda from PA found some gorgeous treasures too.

Bill and Linda from PA visit Florida for seashells

Check out the color pattern on Bill’s LIGHTNING WHELK. The cream stripes on his shell are fantastic and are not so common- its pretty spectacsheller.

some shells found on cayo costa

Bonnie and Michele (Chicago) with friend Cindy (Cape Coral) found bag full of shells.

Bonnie michele cindy find shell on Cayo Costa Island Florida

I was with Cindy when she found these sweet shells in less than one minute in one of the piles.

shells found in less than a minute in seashell pile

Jan from Iowa worked the high and dry tide wrack line because she knows thats where the best beach bling hides.

jan from iowa finds beach bling on cayo costa island

She was pretty happy with all her amazing beach finds. I could have looked in her bling bucket for an hour it was so cool. I love that stuff!

beach bling on Cayo Costa

Abbey from Utah was very happy with her shell finds but was happiest with her perfect SAND DOLLAR.

Abbey visits Florida from Utah finds sand dollar

It was wonderful to shell with Abbey’s whole family and see them find ANGEL WINGS, dried SEA URCHINS, CONCHS, WHELKS and all sorts of sweet shells.

Family shelling on Cayo Costa Florida beach

Lori, Emma and Lisa from Ohio filled seashells and beach bling to the brim of their shell bags too. Lori brought a hanging mesh bag with compartments that worked perfectly to keep her SAND DOLLARS, SEA URCHINS and other breakables safe from getting smooches. Clever!

lori emma lisa from ohio find shells

It’s always fun to see my buddy Rachel (NY) show up on the cruise when she is in town for the shell show. She’s always looking for unusual shells for her exhibits- remember her pearl exhibit last year? To see it CLICK HERE

Rachel on Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo costa

It was lovely to meet Tom, Kathleen and Joann visiting from Ohio. They found some great keepers but I never got to see all of their finds since I was so interested in the booties they had on. Clark loves to wear dive boots on the beach since they are good in and out of the water under any conditions so I might get hime these booties Joann had on. I just looked them up- Thanks Kathleen! If you are interested too- you can find them by clicking on ….  Mares trilastic dive boots .

Tom, Kathleen Joann visit Florida from Ohio to find shells

Along with lots of other goodies, Shelling Sister Diane found a beautiful WINGED OYSTER with a stunning pearlescent interior and her sister (and Shelling Sister) Marilyn from Chicago found a monster of a LACE MUREX. Gorgeous!

Diane Marilyn Chicago find shells on i Love Shelling trip

atlantic wing oyster with other shells

I couldn’t believe it when I met Melissa and Clement (CA) and saw they had a collapsible shelling scoop made exactly like the one John (the engineer) made on one of February’s cruises (CLICK HERE). Melissa told her mom Glenda that she would love to have her scoop mad that way so she could pack it in their luggage… so Glenda made one for her! OMG Thats Awesome!

melissa clement ca collapsible shell scoop for travel Glenda

I knew it would be a good trip when Ginny from MA found a KINGS CROWN beside the dock at McCarthy’s Marina

Ginny from Mass found kings crown on iLoveShelling trip

Not only did we finds lots of seashells, we saw a family of MANATEES and we had DOLPHINS playing by our boat. It was a fabulous day.

dolphin jumping on iLoveShelling shell trip

Mother Nature must have gotten the message we wanted sunshine, seashells and sealife sightings . Thanks Captain Elliot for calling her on the Shellphone!!

Elliot Sudal calling the shell gods with Shellphone  shell beach with aqua water

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