Archive for Cayo Costa
After a rainy Southwest Florida weekend, we had beautiful clear, sunny weather for our iLoveShelling adventure on our Captiva Cruises boat ride to shelling on Cayo Costa. Within minutes, Michelle from NY found a SCOTCH BONNET. Shellzam!
In the same area on the bay side of the island where Michelle found her BONNET, Bob from Illinois found a beautiful double SUNRAY VENUS.
I love the color and pattern of this shell!
It was so good to see Karen (Houston) and her mom Melody again on this cruise- we go way back! I feel like I have known Karen for so long since she won the first GiveAway I ever did here on my blog…. that was 2010 and I’ll never forget her. I don’t even make those notecards I painted and designed any more but it was a fun project while it lasted. Anyhoooo…. I was thrilled to see that she found a BABY EAR on the beach.
There were quite a few people who picked up BABYS EARS…
Rick, Lucas, Amy, Abby, Lindsey and Adam from Massachusetts founds bags of shells. They collected lots of the GIANT ATLANTIC COCKLE, Adam found a SAND DOLLAR and Lucas collected a sweet BABYS EAR (pictured above).
Cole and Jake from New Jersey are quite the shell hunters. Among all sorts of different shells they found, Cole’s best finds were ANGEL WINGS and a BABY EAR. Jake found a perfect SAND DOLLAR. Great finds!
Kim and Ed from Rhode Island were back on the cruise again too! This time showing off their faves from the day- a huge WORM SHELL and a sweet little SAND DOLLAR.
Connie from Wisconsin was visiting her local friend Shelley who lives in Cape Coral. I told Shelley I wanted her name! LOL
Gail (Florida) and Emily (Maryland) have been friends since high school and still get together for girls trips… this time a shelling adventure!
These are just a few shells we pulled out of one of the bags of shells they collected.
It was so nice to meet Tom from Indiana. He said his family used to think he was crazy since he loved to collect shells but now his whole family is hooked after dragging them to Sanibel.
Tom was impressed to see how big and colorful the JINGLES are on Cayo Costa as well as finding teeny tiny SEA URCHINS completely dried on the high wrack line.
Sherry from Knoxville was happy tot find 2 perfect ANGEL WINGS…
Terry and Dave from Illinois found a few goodies but the jewel in their bag was a GAUDY NATICA.
We always see oodles of live CLOUDY PERIWINKLES on the tree roots around the tip of Cayo Costa but rarely see the empty shells so I snapped a photo of this one in the sand. Because I had to bend down to get a closeup, I saw that tiny yellow LUNATE CRASSENTELLA. I haven’t seen them in a while.
Mrs. Lueders was happy shelling for the minis too…
I was thrilled to find those tiny dried SEA URCHINS since we rarely see them that small (without having to pick through the SEA SQUIRTS that are still on Sanibel- hahaha) . Also, there were plenty of double JINGLES as well. It’s not as common to find the JINGLE with both valves but they were plentiful on Cayo and also at Gulfside City Park in the last weeks.
But my most thrilling find was a double WHITE CRESTED TELLIN! Yes, both valves still attached so I couldn’t believe my luck. I know it doesn’t look like much but I’ve been looking for one ever since I saw how pretty Nancy’s shell was in my post in 2011 called “I’m Tellin On Some Tellins“. I have found plenty of the single valves but this is my first one that was still together. Yay! Thanks to Nancy for sharing her find with me so I could have one more thing to look forward to the day I could find one.
Everybody on our shelling trip seemed to find something that made them happy and if it wasn’t a shell that they had wanted to find, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress.
Wow! Thank you Sealife By Congress for being so good to the shelling community. Yes, you sure do make us happy. So join us on another iLoveShelling shelling adventure… CLICK HERE for upcoming dates.
It was a shelltabulous day on our iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises cruise to Cayo Costa today. Especially for Carol and Amy who found this perfectly gorgeous and empty LIGHTNING WHELK. Shellzam! Happy Birthday Amy!
We had so many very cool shellers on our boat trip today…
Everybody found awesome shells.
Some of my fave peeps were on the cruise today… Jim and Annette from Shellabaloo 2. So good to see y’all!
Jennifer from Colorado found a beautiful SEA URCHIN but realized it was still alive so she put it back on the water. Loree found several completely dried SEA URCHINS in the high tide wrack line so she shared one with Jennifer so she would have one to take home with her. You are so sweet L-O-R-E-E!
Bill (Mr. Adorable) and Debbie found lots of shells but were also very happy to have received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress. Everybody on the cruise got the same $25 certificate! Sealife By Congress loves shellers!
These were Mr Adorable’s shells he arranged in his hand to show me. See how adorable?
Talk about adorable… Sara and Travis from Nebraska snorkeled the whole time on our adventure…
This is only a smidgen of the shells they found. It was crazy how loaded the water was with shells.
Amy from Ft Lauderdale didn’t need a mask or snorkel. The water was so clear, she walked along the waters edge to find her mermaid loot.
She found these within 10 minutes of getting off the boat.
Ruth and George came all the way from London, England to enjoy our weather and to find shells with us on the cruise.
It was the perfect day! SAND DOLLARS, URCHINS, SUNRAYS VENUS, OLIVES, CONCHS and so much more.
Clifton from Alabama found SAND DOLLARS too.
They found plenty more but were the only ones to find a whole true ANGEL WING. Lucky!
Vicki from Ontario, Canada found one too.
There were so many cool shellers and cool finds…
This is especially a cool piece of COQUINA LIMESTONE, don’t you think?
We all were lucky to have had such a calm, beautiful day to anchor on the Gulf side of the island… right in the middle of the best patch of shells on the whole beach. Great job, Captains Keith and Kevin of Captiva Cruises.
Oh… and even after shelling all morning and finding so many treasures, Jennifer got off the boat, walked down the dock, looked in the water at McCarthy’s Marina then pulled this perfect LIGHTNING WHELK out of the water. hahaha We all were so impressed! We started seeing other shells in the water so we started pointing out other things we could see from the dock. The whole day was a blast meeting such fun shellers and sharing stories.
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Shellers were finding BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS, NUTMEGS, FIGHTING CONCHS and the shiniest most colorful LETTERED OLIVES I have seen in a while.
And then there’s this… James from Kentucky found a big beautiful HORSE CONCH completely intact. Shellzam! What a find!
Not only were there shells, we saw plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery on our secluded island.
Our boat was filled with shellers from all over the world who got to know one another and share experiences AND share the shells they were finding.
It was so much fun to meet beach explorers like Dominic finding treasures with his family from Ohio.
And to see hawk eye shellers Rachelle and Justin again (they were on our May cruise too!) not only finding amazing shells but I think they gave away more than half of the shells they found. Shellers are awesome!
Shelling Sister Susan and Jerry from Panama City were thrilled to find beautifully patterned double SUNRAY VENUS shells half buried in the sand.
Kathy from Tulsa was on our cruise too! She still has her lucky Margarita bucket but since this one is on its last leg, I guess more margaritas are on order- whoohoo! I’m positive the next bucket will be lucky too.
Its so much fun to hang out with other happy shellers and especially to see the excitement when there are lots of treasures piling up in all sorts of shell bags and buckets.
And of course…. everybody on the cruise got an unbelievable $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress!!! Sealife By Congress thinks shellers are awesome too!
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