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We sure Shelling Cruised Through May

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Birds, Black Skimmers, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Florida Wildlife, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 7 comments

The month of May could be my favorite time of the year on Sanibel. The weather is warm and sunny but with a few sweet tropical showers to water the plants and make the wildlife happy. We also get a little relief from the traffic so it makes life extra special to visit with friends, go shopping and explore the islands without worrying about parking. But this also means that I don’t open my computer as much so please forgive me for not posting sooner about our shellovely iLoveShelling Adventure day on Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises.

It was pretty spectacsheller!

The month of May brings out the nicest of shellers…

Jennifer found an alphabet cone and some other nice treasures and later that day she found a JUNONIA at the Lighthouse. Shellzam! Maybe it was your lucky shell from the shellucky bucket that helped? heehee ;) Congrats.

 

Terrie found a JUNONIA on her birthday a few days earlier and brought it with her to show us all on the boat. Boom Shellalaka! So much fun to see such joy.


We were able to spot 3 dolphins near the beach…

And a MANATEE mother and her calf popped their noses up to say “Hi” to us as well.

We also saw a flock of BLACK SKIMMERS nesting on the beach. They were safely behind the ropes of a protected area to keep their nests away from any disturbances or foot traffic. They are such beautiful birds with their unusual orange bill that is longer on the bottom than on the top which makes it easier to skim the water to catch fish. Cool!

Of course I always give away plenty of gifts on every iLoveShelling cruise!

Everyone is always espeshelly thrilled with this one…

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

PS- Soooo…. I’ve been working on another little project lately. That means I’ve got a surprise coming very soon that involves another GiveAway! It’s shelltastic -I cant wait! Wooohoooo

 

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Boating to a Seashell Sandbar

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 12 comments

Most of the out islands in Southwest Florida are really just big sandbars… big ole sandbars with seashells.

Lots of these big ole sandbars like Big Hickory island are only accessible by boat … so that’s why we took Sight-Sea-R Cruises last week for our iLoveShelling adventure.

We had so many very cool shellers on board!

My favorite families…

Oh so sweet and adorbs! 😍

We had artists gathering for shell projects- good luck with your WORMIE frame!

 

Gathering for shell decorations for their upcoming wedding- congrats and best wishes y’all!

It was just so dang fun!

Everybody was finding these completely dried itty bitty teenie weenie little SAND DOLLARS way away from any damp sand up on the high wrack line.They must have gotten washed up weeks ago with the high winds then stranded in the hot sun. As we know, Mother Nature has her reasons.

It was like an EASTER egg SAND DIME ;) hunt.

The water was so calm and clear, it was perfect for finding FIGHTING CONCHS, OLIVES, TULIPS and WHELKS.

Shell Shell Horray!

We also got to check out the OSPREY nest with a baby.

Not only do we all get together for these events to be on the warm beach collecting gifts from the sea and witnessing amazing wildlife… we get to learn from each other. It’s such a pleasure to meet smart, interesting, lovely folks who want to share their knowledge as well. Thank you!

There’s always something to learn from the sea.

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Special Days when Dolphins Dance

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 10 comments

The skies were blue, the water turquoise, the beach had shells on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory island with Sight Sea-R Cruises. But the best part of this entire day for me was meeting such awesome happy people who were seeking shells in the water and beach bling (like SEA PEARLS still in their purse) and mini shells up on the beach. It was soooo much fun to meet y’all!

Super Sheller Tyler found an awesome albinistic LACE MUREX and GAUDY NATICA…

He also found the coolest FIGHTING CONCH shell fragment perfectly sliced showing its growth pattern. Love that so much.

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How can these smiles get cuter?

Now you can see why those are such cute smiles… look at that huuuuge NUTMEG (of course its always a good day to find an ANGEL WING).

It was fun to see Julie again with her family. While the girls were shelling, the boys were fishing on the island. Yep, they caught quite a few fish – congrats!

Such a fun day Mother-Daughter day shelling together :)

We even had awesome shellers from Europe!

Its a special day to meet so many shellers who have the same love of shelling. Beach combing is really just a path to lead us to experiences that have even bigger meaning, right?

Who knows where those experiences will take us when we explore and learn about the sea.

Long lasting friendships are formed on special days like these.

You know its a special day when DOLPHINS wanna dance and play with us!

 

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Super Fabshellous Boating Day

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 4 comments

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen lots of beaches in southwest Florida covered in shells. We’ve also seen some of those treasure filled beaches swept back in to the Gulf Of Mexico just as quickly as they came in. But on Big Hickory Island, we were still finding all sorts of cool loot stretched out from one wrack line to another.

We were on our iLoveShelling seashell adventure on the Sight Sea-R!

So when we get a boat load of fun shellers together…

we all find super fabshellous stuff.

And super fabulous new friends…

Not only did our group find ROSE PETAL TELLINS…

FALSE ANGEL WINGS and FALLEN ANGEL WINGS…

WORM SHELLS…

 

We found a few WENTLETRAPS too…

Oh yea…. ALPHABET CONES!

Then there’s this ball of CRYSTAL she found on the beach …

Wow! We had a geologist on the boat who said this may be hundreds of millions of years old.

And there’s Helen’s good fortune…. she found a super, SUPER fabulous shell. She found a LIONS PAW!

Shellzam!

When ya have lots of other awesome super dooper shellers that gather around to show appreciation for this sweet find, it’s even more fun than ever to be a beach comber.

Not sure how it gets better than this.

Oh wait… Gifts. Thats what is even better. I give lots of little gifts to each passenger on our iLoveShelling cruises along with Congress Jewelers!

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

Join us!


PS- Clark and I are judges in the Sarasota Shell Show this weekend February 3-5 so if you’re around, stop by and say “hi”. We’ll probably be there most of the day on Saturday and Sunday morning as well. Its a fantastic show!

Oh yea… and another PS- While I’m in Sarasota, Shell Love Bug will be at ArtFest Fort Myers this weekend if ya wanna stop by to see her. CLICK HERE for more scheduled tour dates.

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Warm, Colorful Shells on A Sunny Beach

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 8 comments

As I hear about the terrible winter storms north of Florida, I feel a wheeee bit embarrassed to be complaining about the chilly weather of 54 degrees here on Sanibel Island that swept through yesterday. So before I get out my big down coat and boots with wool socks to head to the beach, I’m hoping if I post the photos I took earlier in the week from our iLoveShelling trip to Big Hickory (when we were still in bathing suits, shorts and tee shirts), it’ll warm us all up a tad.

There were warm, colorful shells strewn all over the bright sunny beach. ;)

Our group was able to wade in the Gulf Of Mexico without a care in the world.

And find ALPHABET CONES, LACE MUREXES, LETTERED OLIVES and FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCHS.


I met awesome families with rosy sun-kissed cheeks finding buckets of shells.

GAUDY NATICAS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES and NUTMEGS.

Wow…. and more ALPHABET CONES!

So many shellers with their ALPHIE eyes on!

It was such a pleasure to spend such a gorgeous day hanging out with so many cool shellers.

SEA PEARLS, DRIFTWOOD and WORM SHELLS…. I absolutely loooooove these beach treasures.

JUNONIA Sue (from my last post) and friends were with us!

Thank y’all for coming out and enjoying the day with me.

A day of beach combing always warms the heart…. and hopefully helps give a little warmth even if it’s virtual shelling. Stay safe, y’all!

I’ll let ya know what these high winds from this winter storm washes up on our beaches soon. The waves are entirely too rough right now but the anticipation… always exciting! :)

PS- I’m trying to work out some new dates for the next few months so once I get everything worked out, I’ll post them on the Shelling Trips page HERE. Hopefully soon!

 

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Shelling Worth Every Sand Dollar

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 7 comments

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A day on the water is always a special day but if you can believe it… boating to Big Hickory Island in Bonita finding lots of seashells is even more special.

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There were shells everywhere on the beach.

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There were lots of shells snorkeling in the water too.

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Omigosh- And the CONES and GAUDY NATICAS!

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Our boating day on Sight Sea-R Cruises was awesome… worth every “dollar”…

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Join me on a day trip from Sanibel with a boating day to a secluded island to go shelling together CLICK HERE

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PS- Just in case you didn’t get a chance to see who won the giveaway yesterday… CLICK HERE for details.

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