The Gulf Of Mexico was clear, warm and bright turquoise at Cayo Costa this week for our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises. Just ask snorkelers Sue Ellen, Emma, Grace and Jeff from Louisiana.
Hayla, Hope, Linda and Todd from Tennessee were like little fish as they snorkeled the whole time- fun!
But even before we got to the island, California girls Teri and Allana and the whole boat witnessed…
A DOLPHIN show on the way to Cayo Costa…
Up on the beach, Kurt and Beverly from Minnesota were amazed by the JINGLE SHELLS. Kurt said “This should be called Jingle Beach!”.
Beverly showed me her hand filled with JINGLES along with a fave little SEA URCHIN and colorful COCKLE.
So pretty … and it really is “JINGLE BEACH”. They are everywhere! I picked these up in prob less than a minute.
Mother Nature was really playing a hide and seek game with us since the shells were hidden more than usual. We really had to look high and low to find them but Dick and Yvonne from Indiana did a great job finding the larger ones.
Dick said he looked high and low around the tree roots in the water and found this spectacsheller WHELK then walked along the waters edge to find the rest of these beauties.
It was so nice to meet so many awesome shellers like Cutie Shellooties Diane and Joyce from Sarasota. Joyce found a beautiful WHELK (I showed in the first photo) about the same size as Dick’s WHELK – those LIGHTNING WHELKS must have been twins!
Most of the shells (like COCKLES and SUNRAY VENUS CLAMS) Lindy from South Carolina found were at the waters edge as well.
The “Tweezer family” Deb, Judith, Brennan and Ericca came on our cruise too!
Hmmmm…. those tweezers must turn into a magical wand – a Shell Scepter- because Judith was the only who found a BABYS EAR up high on the beach… oh wait… she found 3!
Carla from Pompano, Florida was as tickled as sea punch to find this piece of DRIFTWOOD to hang her orchids in. I couldn’t even get the whole thing in the photo but it looked exactly like a SWORDFISH with a long sharp snout and knot for an eye. Awesome BEACH BLING.
And talk about awesome BEACH BLING… Terry, Sue, Rich and Micki found the coolest treasures…
They were searching in the high tide wrack line and found SEA PEARLS, SEA URCHINS and the funniest sea toys- 2 SHARKS and a Bunny! I told them the story of the LEGO Beach Bling (CLICK HERE) but of course we should always pick up any of these toys even if we don’t keep for our “Kicks and Giggles Jar”.
This is Fintastic Beach Bling!
PS- Be safe everybunny.
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The Brit that discovered the Concord
Is it a dolphin? Is it a Whale? No! It’s the Concord! Of Course Robin visiting from Manchester, England would find a DRIFTWOOD replica of a British Airway’s Concord jet. Doesn’t it look just like it? LOL It’s like looking up at the clouds and naming the shapes they form. “There’s a dog! …or… “There’s Mickey Mouse!”. I’ve found a lot of driftwood on our beaches in the shapes of fish, boats or snakes but never have I found “The Concord!”. I need to open my mind a little more I guess, right? He found a few shells too around East Gulf Drive on Sanibel but really likes to collect driftwood…… and his driftwood jet was killer.
Beach wash bucket
I saw Judy that lives on the east tip of Sanibel by the Lighthouse and she had this bucket filled with a little of everything she had found from the wash line. It was loaded with SPONGES, DRIFTWOOD, URCHINS and EGG CASINGS. I asked her what she would do with it and said she was going to add this to her garden. It made me wonder….. sculpture?… fertilizer? ….mulch? I need to stop by her house to see what she’s growing in that garden.
Sargassum, Parchment Worms, Sponges, Urchins and Driftwood at the Lighthouse
Dolphin in the surf
I couldn’t believe how close this dolphin was to the shoreline. He was either playing, enjoying a snack or just giving us a show with 3 of his buddies this afternoon.
Driftwood and shellers on West Gulf #7
Bubbling shells on West Gulf #5
A little candy for me (baby Horse Conch)
2 baby Horse Conchs, Pear Whelk, Auger, and a Jingle
Purple Sea Whip
The north winds are blowing pretty good today so we thought upper West Gulf Drive would be a good spot to get some good shells. Not so good. There was nice DRIFTWOOD and PEN SHELLS but the only thing that I picked up to bring home was this gorgeous purple SEA WHIP. I can always find something good on the beach, even if it’s not a shell.
West Gulf Dr #6, 10- 15 mph NNW winds
It’s 49 degrees and I can’t believe I think this feels nice compared to the winds by the water. On the beach, it was mid 40s and the wind chill felt like 30 but I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to dig for shells instead of digging out a snowy driveway.
I got a phone call this morning from a friend, John, who got to Captiva early this morning to find a bare beach. He then headed to the Lighthouse to find about the same thing…no good shelling.
So Clark and I headed to West Gulf #6 after catching George Clooney’s new movie Up In The Air at the Island Cinema (it was pretty good…..but no Academy winner).
Jane (Restin, Va) and Judy (Sanibel)
Lots of WHELKS, OLIVES, URCHINS, MUREXES, COCKLES, SCALLOPS, TULIPS and FIGHTING CONCHS
nice new shell pile on West Gulf Dr #4
Clark met Judy on this new shell pile that just formed around West Gulf parking access #4 and found out the she has found a total of 13 JUNONIAS. That’s thiiirteeenn! She didn’t find much out there today but she only picks up the cream of the crop. She was out there on that sand bar (shell bar) getting her little white tennis shoes, socks and pants soaking wet……with that wind chill of 30s. She’s a trooper….along with Clark too. Yep, I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold and maybe that’s why I haven’t found my JUNONIA yet. Like Jane from Virginia said “We should get extra credit for just being out here today”.
Margye (Albany, NY) with a tiny bright orange HORSE CONCH
Broken HORSE CONCH on drift wood