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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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Jan
22

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!

SLBC iLSPromo

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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Finding seashells and sea urchins

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!

Shelling the mud flats

We arrived on Cayo costa to grey, overcast skies…

gray sky and seashells

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!

Finding Sunray Venus clam shells

Trish and Bill (FL) were having the same luck with FIGHTING CONCHS on the bayside where the boat anchored.

Shelling on the bay side of Cayo Costa

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.

shelling for miniature seashells

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.

Sweet miniature shells on Cayo Costa

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.

Shelling on Cayo Costa

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.

Finding a Florida Cone shell

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.

Becky Wade with shells on iLoveShelling cruise

They couldn’t resist keeping the gorgeous double SUNRAY VENUSES. I don’t blame them… look at those colors!

Double sunray venus shells

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!

sun ray venus shells found on cayo costa

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.

Shelling trip to Cayo Costa Florida

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!

SLBC iLSPromo

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.

Getting ready for an iLoveShelling Captiva Cruise

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!

Having fun shelling Cayo Costa

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).

Captain Skip saving a sandwich tern on the beach

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…

saving a sandwich tern on shelling boat

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…

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