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Dec
28

Boating and Beach Combing- Lovers Key

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collect shells bonita beach florida lovers key park

Even though we’ve had good luck finding shells on Sanibel in the last week, it’s fun to visit other Southwest Florida beaches to see what different treasures are washing up. Since we haven’t taken our boat out in lawd knows how long, it was time to dust the Shellfish off and get out on the water.

boating lovers key

With the holiday hustle and bustle in high gear, Clark and I wanted a day to relax, float about and shell to our hearts content without a schedule.

lovers key beach florida

 It was an exshellent day for boating and beach combing on Lovers Key.

olives whelks telling moon venus angel wing worm

Here’s a closer look at the sweet shells we found. I’m always so happy when we find ROSE PETAL TELLINS! They are just …. well… pink and happy but we don’t find them as often on the beaches of Sanibel. And you know it’s a good day when we find WORMIES… oh yaya. So of course these are all my faves but the SHARKS EYE is a standout as well as that very bright yellowish PEAR WHELK on the top. You may have noticed that the SHARK’S EYE is nesting in a BUTTERCUP LUCINE, but did you notice the bivalve that the ROSE PETAL TELLINS are nesting in? It’s a CHALKY BUTTERCUP LUCINE. It’s a little hard to tell how much bigger it is than the “regular” BUTTERCUP LUCINE but you can see how much bigger it is if you look back at the first photo. It’s always fun to find shells we dont see that often on Sanibel… even if its a not-so-collectable bivalve like the beautiful ANGEL WINGS.

seashells from lovers key bonita beach florida

On our boat ride back to the marina, we spotted two DOLPHINS jumping out of the water in the wake of a pretty big boat. Weeeeee! I can’t believe I got a picture of them!

dolphin watching fort myers beach florida

Sending sunshine and seashells to you all.  Errrr… well, Carolina Girl Karen… that would be “Cyber sunshine and virtual seashells”. LOL

dolphins jumping for myers beach florida

Join us for a Shelling Adventure!

shelling adventures trips by pam

Jan
10

A Shell Of A Good Time!

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shellabaloo shell cayo costa

We had a shell of a good time every single minute this week during the SHELLABALOO starting at the Island Inn!! It was an unbelievable shellapalooza! The weather was gorgeous with the DOLPHINS coming out to greet us.

dolphins sanibel sea life

The shelling was terrific.

seashell beach florida

The meals were outstanding.

joe patty jim sally traci

But most of all, my new fabulous friends were an absolute joy to be with and an amazing group to share our love for shelling together. Honestly, I haven’t come down from the high I felt while bonding with each and every one of these awesome shellers. So I have to introduce each one to you before we get to the rest of our shelladventure.

Of course you already met Joe and Patty from my last post (CLICK HERE to see) because of Joe’s macdaddy find of the LONG-SPINED STAR SHELL…

patty joe captiva cruises

Sally and Jim from Atlanta who I met 2 years ago in Captiva, joined us…

jim sally captiva cruises

Along with Traci and Rob from Virginia…

traci rob shell collecting

Maureen from California…

maureen collecting seashells

Mike and Carolyn from Richmond, VA…

mike carolyn captiva cruises

 Amy from California…

amy seashells captiva florida

Pat and Steve from Tennessee…

pat steve seashelling

JoAnn and Sid from Vermont…

joann sid shellers

Arabelle from New York…

Arabelle captiva cruises

Sara and Dan from Tampa, FL…

sara dan sanibel shell

And the Carolina gals Kathy, Helen, Karen and Jackie with their Carolina gentleman Bill…

carolina gals bill

See? An unbelievable group of folks enjoying every aspect of the world of shelling.

net shells florida

which always involves sharing…

touching live whelk

sharing shells

And learning…

pam rambo identify shell

Now that you’ve met this awesome group of shellers, tomorrow I’ll show you some of the cool shells and BEACH BLING they found! Fun! Fun! Fun!!!

Oh but wait…. if you are in the Sanibel area, tomorrow’s negative low tide (-1.1) is in the morning around 7am. That is a really low tide! That means so much more of the beach will be exposed to make it easier to spot more shells. You’ll even get to see what live mollusks look like. Just make sure you leave any live shell where you found it. We want them to breed so they make more beautiful seashells so we can enjoy them forever!

algiers low tide sanibel

Jul
02

Calm After The Tropical Storm On Sanibel

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conchs whelks sanibel

 After Tropical Storm Debby blew through Southwest Florida last week, things are now calm, the parking lots are cleaned up and I met lots of happy shellers enjoying the sunshine all weekend. I saw MANATEES that were even out socializing…

shellers manatee

 Remember Barbara from West Virginia who found the JUNONIA on my last post? She was back shelling near the jetty rocks at Blind Pass Captiva when two MANATEES swam right by her. Lucky Lady!

barbara manatee captiva

 The big pile of shells near the jetty was completely gone but there were still a few keepers rolling in the surf.  Candy from Cape Coral found a sweet little SHARK’S EYE…

Candy sharks eye captiva

 On the Sanibel side of Blind Pass, there were lots of shellers finding FIGHTING CONCHS and WHELKS…

sanibel seashells handful

My dear friend Mary B (she is moving away soon so I’ll miss you Mary!) found a perfect tiny FLAT SCALLOP.

mary b flat shell

 I loved talking to this next family from Ringwood New Jersey! Kevin, Alyssa, Kelly and Bailey have been coming to Sanibel for years and they Love Shelling! They just arrived when I was leaving so I hope they found some goodies.

family sanibel shelling

 My fave find of the weekend was this BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN BEAK BONE Super Sheller Clark picked up on the beach.

dolphin jaw bone

 These are the holes where the teeth were on this side of its jaw bone!

bottlenose dolphin bone

 Apparently, this is just one side of the mandible so this bottom right side was broken off the left side of its jaw.

dolphin beak bone mandible

In my research, I couldn’t find out what these holes are for in the next photo. They are definitely not from wear or from another animal so if I were to speculate, I’d say they were for sensory (?)…. but I wouldn’t bet on it. Do you know?

holes in dolphin beak

 UPDATE : Thank you Karen S and Jeff B for letting us know that the holes in this DOLPHIN BEAK BONE are called “Mental Foramen”. They are the openings for the nerves and blood vessels to pass through….and we (humans) have them too. Again, THANK YOU KS and JB for your comments so we can all learn together!!

 

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Apr
13

Captiva Cruises Boat To Cayo Costa

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cayo costa south west florida

Another Spring Break adventure! On Wednesday, Lori, Hayley, Culter and I went to the secluded island of Cayo Costa to relax and enjoy another gorgeous day on the islands.captiva cruises sign

I had problems getting out our own boat  (Clark was busy at work so he couldn’t help) so we decided to take the easy route and hop on the Captiva Cruises shelling boat Play Time for the afternoon trip.

play time captiva boat

Low and behold, guess who our captain was… my buddy Captain Brian Holaway! It was a nice surprise!

captain brian

After securing the boat on the south tip of Cayo Costa, Capt Brian walked over to our shelling spot to join us for a few minutes and immediately picked up an ALBINO YELLOW PRICKLY COCKLE. Wow, can he spot those albinos! Remember he won a red ribbon for his ALBINO WHELK at the Sanibel Shell Show this year? Amazing!

albino cockle

 I didn’t find an albino but I quickly found a handful of my own fave honeys.

angel wings baby ears

BABY’S EARS and FALSE ANGEL WINGS (they look like cute little juvie ANGEL WINGS)…

babys ears false angel wings

 Lots of beauteous JINGLES…

jingle seashells

A couple of CLOUDY PERIWINKLES…

cloudy periwinkle

cloudy periwikles

 I also found a PURPLISH SEMELE (left) and a CANCELLATE SEMELE (right). I’m not sure why I don’t find more of these on Sanibel but I have better luck finding them on Cayo Costa, North Captiva and in Marco. hmmmm

purplish and cancellate semele

I had thought at one time that this BRYOZOAN COLONY was a type of CORAL but as you can see side by side… it’s not a piece of CORAL like the branch on the right. I found both of these past the tree roots on the Gulf side of the beach. (click HERE for more info on Bryozoan Colony)

bryozoa coral difference

Okay, this one might not be your taste but I thought this SOUTHERN RIBBED MUSSEL was just so pretty for some reason. One day, when I get a fancy camera to show you the nice details up close and personal, I promise…I’ll be able to capture more of the beauty in some of these obscure seashells.

southern ribbd mussel

 After combing, sunning and shelling this gorgeous beach, Hayley, Cutler and Lori (VA) headed back to the boat with me after one more climb on the BLACK MANGROVE tree roots.

hayley cutler lori cayo costa

On the boat ride back, I couldn’t help but see how excited Margie, Kristi and Mike (California) were about their seashell loot!

margie kristi mike california

 They found oodles of ATLANTIC GIANT COCKLES…

shells cayo costa south florida

 Quite a few humongus SUNRAY VENUS CLAMS…

sunray venus cayo costa

 And a really big LEOPARD CRAB shell.

leopard crab cayo costa

 It was a perfect day on the water with calm aqua seas, warm temps in the 80s and DOLPHINS surrounding the boat.

dolphin captiva cruises boat

And to top if off, it was great being with good friends and having lots of seashell souvenirs to bring home to remember the day.

seashells cayo costa

 

Dec
31

2011 Top 10 i Love Shelling Posts

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My Top 10 Most Fave Posts Of 2011! 

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been an amazing year on the beach so I thought I’d look back on all of my favorite posts of 2011. I realized not all of my favorite days were completely about seashells. Some of my favorite days of 2011 have been about the wildlife I’ve experienced because of my obsession (ha!) passion for shelling. So I’m starting with #10 then counting down to my number ONE favorite post. I bet you guess what that will be- heehee. Click on each title or photo to read each post…

#10

Tips To Decorate Your Home with Seashells

Seashell mirror top dmm

#9

Seashells Swarm The Shell Fair

Junonia shell collection

#8

Sorting Seashells For The Holidays

sorting seashells identification

#7

Bobcat On North Captiva Beach

Bobcat on Florida Beach

 #6

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love The Beach

Reasons why I love the beach- sea oats

 #5

Road Trip For Seashells In The Florida Keys

MurexKen with Queen Conch

#4

Splish Splash Sanibel Dolphins Having a Blast

Sanibel Dolphin at sunrise

 #3

An Octopus Hatching Babies Video

octopus eggs hatching

#2

Roseate Spoonbills By Sanibel Causeway Video

Roseate Spoonbill Sanibel

 

 #1 Favorite !!!!!     (Of Course, right?!!!)

There’s A New Super Sheller In Town!

My first junonia aperture

 

These were my favorites, what was your fave iLoveShelling post of 2011?

 

 

Oct
16

Weekend in Paradise

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captiva island sunset

The weekend started with a spectacular sunset painting the sky with brilliant hues of reds, yellows, blues and even purple.

captiva island dramatic sunset

We figured this was a great sign to get out on the water in our boat to search for treasure. We found it!

Seashell treasures Boating Day

And I found three MOONS! … a BABY’S EAR MOON, a SHARK’S EYE MOON, a COLORFUL MOON SHELL…

Moon shells

Clark found a huge empty TRUE TULIP on one of the mud flats around North Captiva…

empty tulip shell

There was a wrack line of shells on Cayo Costa…

Cayo Coast beach shells

There were hundreds… no, I think there were thousands of SOUTHERN SURF CLAMS littering the beach…

surf clams on the beach

Here are a few all cleaned up…

Southern Surf Clams

Here’s a close up of the SOUTHERN SURF CLAM since I’ve never shown them before. This would be a great shell for shell crafting!

Southern Surf Clam Exterior

Southern Surf Clam Interior

We found most of our keepers on the beach but other than Clark’s big TULIP, we only found these little FLY SPECK CERITHS on the mud flats…

Fly Speck Ceriths

We had heard there was red tide moving onto the Cayo Costa area but we didn’t feel that irritating tickle in the chest and had no “red tide cough”. We did see a few dead fish which was kind of creepy at first but then it seems we can always find something cool about any beach drift.

cayo costa fishbone

Fish bone skeleton

A few more treasures from our weekend in paradise…

whelk on cayo costa

leopard crab shell cayo costa

dolphins by our boat cayo costa

Dolphins dancing in gulf coast