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Successful Beach Combing Trip to Big Hickory Island

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Angel Wing, Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Bonita Out Islands, Colorful Moon shell, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Dolphin, Fort Myers Beach, Lace Murex, Moon Snail, Murex, Olive, Sand Dollar, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 22 comments

Fort Myers shelling excursion to remote beach

This is what a path to beach combing paradise looks like.

Sea shell collection from day at Big Hickory with Pam Rambo

After arriving to the secluded island of Big Hickory on our iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises yesterday, we were welcomed by a shell filled beach and calm Gulf Of Mexico waters.

seashell collecting with i Love Shelling

WORM SHELLS and beautiful pieces of CORAL were every where…

worm shells and coral collected with Pam Rambo

In less than 5 minutes, Andrea found an incredishell LACE MUREX. She is such a lucky sheller! I met her in March on Sanibel after she found masses of great shells but the one I remembered the most was a CABRITS MUREX so it was so good to see her again. (CLICK HERE to see that post)

Andrea finds beautiful lace murex on i Love Shelling cruise

The first shell Gita found was a beautiful ROSE PETAL TELLIN.

Gita (GA) found rose petal tellin in Florida

It was so much fun to pick through the many shell piles to find so many treasures.

collecting shells at Big Hickory Island Florida

David and Willow were enjoying every minute especially the second Willow found her ANGEL WING. It’s the one shell she wanted to find on her whole trip from Colorado.

David and Willow Colorado find shells on Big Hickory Florida

One more thing checked off her “bucket” list…
white bucket shells on the beach

Don, Chuck and Marti from Libertyville, IL found such a wide range of gorgeous shells and beach bling.

Don, Chuck, Marti from Libertyville find shells in Florida

Oooohhh- Look at that huge TULIP along wit a PAPER FIG, FLORIDA CONE, ROSE PETAL TELLIN, SAND DOLLAR and TOP SHELL Marti found. And not to mention the fragment of JUNONIA – she got some spots! Shells picked up on Little Hickory beach with Pam Rambo

It was so much fun to hang out with Sue and Andrea from CT since they were thrilled to check off a few things on their bucket list like a CRUCIFIX SHELL for Sue and ANGEL WING for Andrea. They are birders as well as shellers so they checked off a few birds like the ROSEATE SPOONBILL and ROYAL TERN on their birding list on the boat ride over.

Sue and Andrea from CT finds shells on i Love Shelling cruise

angel wings shells and crucifix

shells in a beach net

It was a great day meeting shellers like Steve and Becki from Ohio.

Steve Becki (Ohio) find sea shells on i Love Shelling tour

found shells on sw florida beach

I caught up with Sanibel local Karen on the way back to the boat. Oh my goodness- She found 2 ALPHABET CONES!

Sanibel local Karen finds 2 alphabet cones on i Love Shelling cruise

As we got back on the boat to cruise back to Salty Sams Marina, it was the perfect time to peak at what other goodies this boat load of awesome folks like Anthony, Sonya (VA) and Sue  (Alaska) found.

Anthony Sonya (VA) Sue  (Alaska) on Big Hickory shelling cruise

Shellzam! Sonya found 3 ALPHABET CONES! Oh… And look at all three of those FIGHTING CONCHS on the left. All three of them have bright purple lips. I think its always special to find just one with a purple aperture but to find 3 in one day is very cool.

shelling excursion shells found

Janet from Pennsylvania had great success too! She was doing most of her beach combing on the shore and her husband Paul said he pretty much hung out in the water the whole time. That’s about how Clark and I shell too!

Janet Paul Pennsylvania visit Fort Myers on cruise

Janet was a happy girl to find a KINGS CROWN, double SUNRAY VENUS and OLIVES without the tips to make bracelets. The FIGHTING CONCHS she found had jet black openings- so pretty too.

beautiful shells found with Pam Rambo

Birthday girl Shelly (love her name!) and her husband Mitch (AKA her boyfriend for 32 years) found some amazing treasures.

Shelly and Mitch find shells on i Love Shelling cruise

Happy birthday to you Shelly! 2 ALPHABET CONES along with so many other great finds- wow!

shells collected on shelling cruise with Pam Rambo

Happy birthday to Linda from St Louis too! The birthday girls both found ALPHIES! Congratshellations!

Linda from St Louis finds alphabet cone shell Big Hickory Island

As I was hanging out with another Linda, her daughter Katie and granddaughter Emma (Missouri) looking at shells… Linda told me when she saw Linda from St Louis, she realized they went to nursing school together. Small world!

Linda Emma and Katie from MO visit Fort Myers shell cruise

These were Emma’s fave treasures. Sweet!

Emma's shells

Loved these to from Andrea and her family too…

shells in a horseshoe crab

Every minute of the 4 hour trip was such a pleasure to meet other like minded people and find hidden gems.

Florida cone in shell pile

Lettered Olive in a pile of clam shells

To experience the beauty of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and to see lots of DOLPHINS, bird and other wildlife on our way to and from the island on the boat is priceless.

shelling and dolphin cruise with Pam Rambo

I normally don’t collect anything while on the iLoveShelling cruises because I now enjoy the experience of sharing information and teaching others what to look for. I like that better than collecting more MUREXES, WHELKS or other shells that we have plenty of. But…. that being said… I found a treasure too yesterday! In the highest dry wrack line, I found a lovely pink ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHER. Ooooooo- such a treat!

roseate spoonbill feather in beach wrack

Join us one of our next shelling adventures or Shellabaloo! CLICK HERE for dates and events.

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Shellucky Boating Day

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Alphabet Cone, Big Hickory Island, Colorful Moon shell, Cone, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fort Myers Beach, Lightning Whelk, ShellingAdventures, Sight Sea-R Cruises, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat, Whelk | 24 comments


iLoveShelling giveaway shells and stickers

We had a shellucky boat trip shelling adventure yesterday! On each iLoveShelling cruise, every person gets to choose a shell and a bumper sticker out of my very large bucket-o-shells (collected by either Clark or me) to get the day started with at least one shell in your pocket for good luck. It’s the Shellucky Shell… and it works! The forecast for our shelling adventure on Sight Sea-R Cruises out of Fort Myers Beach yesterday was stormy skies and rain so I thought we were going to get rained out… but then…

The rain stopped,

The skies turned blue,

The sun started shining

On our iLoveShelling cruise.

Sight Sea-R cruise boat Fort Myers Beach

Yay! Not only did we have clear skies… we found lots of shells!

Shells found on Big Hickory Island, Bonita Florida

And not only did we have a sunny day finding seashells… we got to hang out with other fabshellous shellers like Ralph, Sharlotte, Beryle, Mitchell and Susie from Texas.

ralph, sharlotte, beryle, mitchell, susie on iLoveShelling cruise

And the shellastic California girls! California girls visit Florida

Did I mention we had a great day finding shells?

Shells of Big Hickory island Bonita Florida

As I said, our day started a little iffy with the weather but then everything turned out shelltastic. Barry (from the east coast of Florida) had a pretty iffy morning even after the skies cleared up. When we got to the island he headed straight to the water, did a few stoops to pick up a few treasures then realized… his iPhone had fallen out of his top pocket. Ack! I saw he had a sick look on his face so he told me what happened… he couldn’t find his phone. My first thought was…. call in the troops! We’ve got a boat load of shellers who looooove to find “things”! So I shouted an announcement down the beach “Everybody look for a lost iPhone!”  I don’t normally shout on the beach but we were the only ones on this beach and I felt like I was with family already… so I figured, why not? Two minutes later, snorkelers Jen and Dwayne found Barry’s phone in the water and held it up like they had just found a JUNONIA. Weeehooo! I love hanging out with shellers- such kind people. Seriously.

Snorkelers Jen and Dwayne found Barry's iPhone

I took this photo of Dwayne snorkeling just moments before I talked to Barry. Its weird how things work… if either Barry or I had waited one more minute to tell other people to look for the phone, Dwayne wouldn’t have been in that exact spot where he found his biggest find of the day. Good eye, Dwayne, good eye!

snorkeling Bonita Beach Florida

What else did Dwayne and Jen find snorkeling? This is just a small sampling of all of their loot. They had two bags full of awesome stuff.

seashells and coral shelling on Big Hickory Island Florida

Guess who else was on the cruise… Conne from Shellabaloo 4. Not only was I happy to see her, I was so happy for her that she found an ALPHABET CONE. Such a cutie.

Conne found an alphabet cone!

Barry’s wife Alex found an ALPHABET CONE too. She didn’t let anything stop her from having a great time!

Alex with alphabet cone in Bonita Beach

Canadians Marilyn and Ted were having luck finding WORM SHELLS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, SAND DOLLARS and a few SEA PEARLS too.

Canadians Marilyn Ted visit Bonita Florida

I think everybody came home with some lovely treasures.

shells collected on Big Hickory Island

Speaking of lovely treasures, everybody on this iLoveShelling cruise received one more lucky gift… a $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress jewelry store on Sanibel. On each iLoveShelling cruise through February, each sheller will receive one too- Wow!


I thank you Sealife By Congress and these folks thank you too… like Jude and Chris from NY

jude chris NY boating in swfl

Karen from Maine…

karen with large coral piece

And Mariann and Bruce from Ohio…

Mariann Bruce Ohio on iLoveShelling shell cruise

We all shared a wonderful day with so many gifts….

Sanibel stoop sheller Big Hickory Island

Finding treasures by the sea.

Lightning whelk shell in the sand

Join us on one of our next iLoveShelling Sight Sea-R shelling cruises! Sight Sea-R Adventures– $50 for 4 hour shelling cruise with iLoveShelling cruise with Pam. Call 239-765-7272 or CLICK HERE . Dont forget, the Sight Sea-R has shelling cruises every Wednesday so even if you can’t make an iLoveShelling cruise, they have other fantabshellous shelling adventures too.

sight sea-r feb 2015

Or join us for more iLoveShelling beachcombing adventures- CLICK HERE for more information.

PS- We aren’t ready just yet…. But….. Be on the lookout for an exciting announcement for the next Shellabaloo! Yay!!!! Soooooon!

PSS- What is Shellabaloo? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Sealife Jewelry With Every iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure Cruise

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Big Hickory Island, Captiva Cruises, Congress Jewelers (Sealife By Congress), Fort Myers Beach, Shelling guides SW Florida Sanibel, ShellingAdventures, Sight Sea-R Cruises | 12 comments

seashell necklace with silver charm

I love my new necklace I made out of a DOSINIA sea shell and a sterling silver SAND DOLLAR charm from Sealife by Congress jewelry store. I found this DOSINIA which already had a natural hole drilled in it (from a SHARK’S EYE- remember that post I did last month? CLICK HERE) so it was screaming for me to make it into a pendant.

natural hole in seashell

I was so excited to receive one of these ever so sweet charms for our i Love Shelling shelling adventure on Tuesday’s Maiden Voyage on Sight Sea-R Cruises, I knew I wanted to wear it for that special occasion cruise. And you can have one too!

Sanibel sterling silver charms Sealife by Congress

Yep, I have very big news for you. On every scheduled iLoveShelling cruise on the Sight Sea-R Cruises and iLoveShelling cruises on Captiva Cruises, Our friends at Sealife by Congress will be giving one sealife pendant to one lucky sheller! But hold on to your shelling hat- thats not all. Each passenger on an iLoveShelling cruise will also receive a gift certificate for $25 to the Sealife By Congress store! Oh yes, you will! Is that amazing or what? Sealife by Congress loves shelling too!



So you can be as happy as everybody on our iLoveShelling Maiden Voyage Sight Sea-R cruise

free silver jewelry on shelling cruise

When I showed off how I embellished my shell with my charm, Mary with Sealife by Congress told everybody if they found a shell they wanted to put their charm on, they could bring it to the store and they would put it on for them. I went in the store yesterday to thank them again for being so generous with the gifts and guess who I ran into… Pam and Pat from Texas (the “cutie cousins” I showed on my last post)! They were getting their charms put on necklaces.

Sealife by Congress customers

Pam was very lucky to have picked out the JUNONIA charm- ooooo…I love this one. On our shelling cruise, she found a pretty COCKLE shell with a perfect hole to take in the store to have her JUNONIA charm added to her necklace. Such a wonderful memory! If you are on Sanibel, Captiva or in SW Florida stop and see them in Periwinkle Place on Sanibel- they are very “sheller- friendly”!

junonia pendant charm in a seashell

So along with finding seashell treasures on iLoveShelling cruises, you will find jewelry treasures as well.

Sealife by Congress giving charms on iLoveShelling cruise

I never got to show you all of the other photos from our Shelltastic Sight Sea-R Cruise. It was such a special afternoon with perfect weather, fabulous birding,  amazing sealife sightings, a gorgeous sunset, and we all got to hang out with the nicest shellers in the world on a brand new 50 foot Cooper Pontoon boat (with a bar)…

Sight Sea-R Cruise boat to shelling excursion

And do some exshellent shelling.

shelling stoop on i Love Shelling excursion


Lisa from Chicago stooping for shells


fighting conch big hickory island


rose petal pink tellins and other sea shells


Matthew from Georgia finds an alphabet cone in Florida


Barbara and Ted from Cape Coral on i Love Shelling cruise


Kay and Lauren find Alphabet cone in SW Florida


frank and Sally on i Love Shelling cruise


Eva and Melissa from Missouri on shelling cruise SW Florida


Debbie and Julie on shelling cruise


linda from arkansas with pam rambo on shelling cruiselinda from arkansas with pam rambo on shelling cruise


Bonnie and Wendy departing shelling cruise


shelling adventure with iLoveShelling and gorgeous sunset

So don’t forget to reserve your spot for any iLoveShelling Cruise on Sight Sea-R Cruises and also on iLoveShelling cruises with Captiva Cruises to have a shelltastic shelling cruise with me plus receive $25 off any Sealife by Congress jewelry. CLICK HERE to join us for an unforgettable day on an iLoveShelling shelling cruise. For dates click on the next image …

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New Shelling Cruise to the Islands South of Sanibel

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fort Myers Beach, Shelling guides SW Florida Sanibel, ShellingAdventures, Sight Sea-R Cruises, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 29 comments

sight sea-r adventures feb 2015

Call all your friends on your Shellaphone!

Start typing out lots of coconut Shellagrams!

Use all of your Shellacommunication skills to gather your shelling buddies because…

There’s a new Shelling Cruise in town!

Sight Sea-r  Fort Myers Beach

Sight Sea-R Cruises will be launching a brand new boat out of Fort Myers Beach to take shellers to the southern Out-Islands on Wednesdays at 10 am all summer long. You can only reach these islands by boat so to kick off this exshellent shelling cruise, we will be having a very special event to find shells like this…

seashells from lovers key bonita beach florida

Join me on our FIRST iLoveShelling cruise to this new area for a Shellsational Maiden Voyage on June 24, 2014 at 4pm for a four hour fabshellous tour.

shellsational maiden voyage

It’s going to be a blast! You’ve asked about this area when I posted “Boating and Beach Combing Near Lover’s Key”  last December when Clark and I went in our own boat, remember?

shells of out island of bonita

This is the place we go boating to find a few ROSE PETAL TELLINS…

rose petal tellins close up


Worm shells Bonita

We have found lots of varieties of shells there as well. These are some of the shells I found on a boating trip there in April…

shells from south islands of lovers key

It’s a beautiful spot on the planet to explore…

bonita out island beach florida

With a great shell strewn stretch of beach to keep you stooping.

salty sams island shelling cruise

On the boat ride to the beach during the Shellsational Maiden Voyage, I’ll tell you insider info about this special shelling hole and Super Sheller Clark will give out his shell secrets as well. AND there will be a few surprises to shellebrate this awesome experience (gifts!)… all while looking out for wildlife like these DOLPHINS Clark and I spotted the last time we went there by boat.

dolphins jumping for myers beach florida

Join me on June 24th for the Shellsational Maiden Voyage kick off or for any of the iLoveShelling special events (click here for dates) or hop on the Sight Sea-R Cruise boat any Wednesday at 10am from June 11 through August for a shelling adventure to remember. Don’t miss the boat! Sign up now CLICK HERE

Sight Sea-R cruise boat Fort Myers Beach

Sight Sea-R cruises location

Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main Street – Fort Myers Beach, FL

Toll Free: 800-763-7769 • Phone: 239-765-7272

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Treasures of Beachcombing on Fort Myers Beach

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Angel Wing, Fighting Conch, Fort Myers Beach, Purplish Tagelus, Sand Dollar, Sanibel Six | 33 comments

assortment of shells collected while beach combing swfl

These shells are just a few of many beautiful gifts from the sea I could have easily plucked off the beach and popped in my beach bucket.

beachcombing on fort myers beach

I have oodles of shells already in my house (and my yard, garage, porch, walkways, car, and of course the “shellaboratory) so I had to use restraint. But OMG, look at what washed up on south Fort Myers Beach! I showed this photo in my post but it was a little blurry so I’m trying again so you can see in just a tiny area, what kinds of shells and Beach Bling washed up together. Caryl Renz asked what was in this photo that looked like thousands of tusk shells …. here’s the answer- that’s MANATEE GRASS. When the little tubes of MANATEE GRASS get washed on shore they don’t look like your regular SEA WEED, to me it looks like parmesan cheese sprinkled over a seafood stew on the beach. But I now realize after reading Caryl’s comment, they do look like tusk shells too. Look at all the interesting things in this photo! (I hope this CYBERSHELLING shot a little more clear this time?)

manatee grass with seashells

Did you find these FLORIDA CONES while you were CYBERSHELLING?

florida cones found on Fort Myers Beach

I continued to walk south on the beach to see swarms of people in one area. Oooohhhh! I’ve gotta pick up the pace and find out what they are finding!

crowd of shellers on fort myers beach

An o-ver-whelming amount of shells and bling washed up for about a mile!

collecting sea shells after a storm

My head was spinning! Everywhere I looked, I saw seashells, CRAB SHELLS, STARFISH, SAND DOLLARS and MANATEE GRASS.

cybershelling ft myers beach for seashells

So many people were finding sweet little TRUE TULIPS like this one I saw in a cup on the beach.

seashells in a cup

There were shell lines at the shore line….

shellers stooping for shells in sw florida

But then higher on the beach the wrack line was as wide as … well there really was no “line” …it covered the whole beach! I usually find very cool shells on this beach but the shelling was ridiculous this week!

gobs of shells o ft myers beach

I usually find very cool shells on this beach but the shelling was ridiculous this week!

horse conch fort myers beach

Now you see why I had to use restraint to only pick up a few of my faves. I rinsed my treasures off then sorted them out under a cute little tiki hut . It truly is paradise!

 beach resort tiki hut with shells


shells collected on south Fort Myers Beach Florida

UPDATE: I’ve had lots of folks ask me about parking to get to this beach. In the comments section of this post I responded to Holly so I will repost here as well just in case you don’t read the comments…

There is public parking further north on Flamingo Rd with parking meters. But…. Between you and me….;) there is a shopping center near there called Santini Plaza. Some of the locals say you can park there and walk over to the beach… but don’t quote me on that, please. Id hate to have them mad at me for filling up their parking lot so they don’t have room for their patrons. If the lot is empty, I’m sure its ok but please Just be thoughtful of their parking issues for the businesses. My mission is to share the shelling love <3 but the locals with businesses of Southwest Florida need the love too :) Its gotta be a happy balance to shellebrate together! That beach is best at low tide but Let us know if the piles are still there.

PS- I tried to explain the parking in a previous post about this beach but like I said back then, it’s a little harder to get to so you don’t have as much competition. hahaha so to me thats a good thing!

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Another Day Another Sand Dollar on Fort Myers Beach

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Florida Spiny Jewelbox, Fort Myers Beach, Pointed Venus, Sand Dollar | 16 comments

find sand dollars on fort myers beach florida

Every time I’ve visited my friends on Fort Myers Beach, I’ve found SAND DOLLARS (and so many other beautiful shells). It’s crazy!

sand dollars conchs sunray venus spiny jewlbox

I met Laura, Bruce, Rhonda and Darrell (Michigan) who were happy as clams they found so many SAND DOLLARS …

laura bruce rhonda darrell michigan shelling ft myers beach florida

They filled up 2 bags! They asked me how they could get them home without breaking them so I suggested finding plastic containers. When we travel, we buy groceries based on what type of containers they come in… like chicken salad, lunch meat, peanut butter, etc. So what if we don’t finish the peanut butter, we get several lunches out of it and then clean out the jar and use it for shells. CLICK HERE to see one of my posts on my containers.

bags of sand dollars fort myers beach florida

Susan and Vince from Canada said they could have picked up hundreds of them but chose to only take a few as souvenirs.

susan vince waterloo canada visit fort myers beach florida shelling

They picked the most perfect ones!

hand full of sand dollars ft myers beach

Other than SAND DOLLARS, I found some really pretty SPINY JEWELBOXES…

spiny jewel boxes fort myers beach

And POINTED VENUS shells too. I don’t find many of these on Sanibel but every time I go to this beautiful beach,  I’ve found them.

pointed venus clams fort myers beach florida

I betcha a SAND DOLLAR the next time I take a stroll on this beach, I will find a POINTED VENUS and be just as tickled as if I found a dollar bill on the beach.

birds on piling fort myers beach florida

Dont Forget to check out our new dates for Shellabaloo 5!

shellabaloo 5

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