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Is There A Fossil Dentist In The House?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Manasota Key, Puffer fish mouth plate, Shark's Teeth, Stingray Mouth Plate | 13 comments

Stingray mouth plates

Stingray Mouth Plates

Shelling sistah Susan S. took a road trip with her husband to Manasota Key to do some SHARK’S TEETHing at Blind Pass Park in Englewood, Florida. I couldn’t wait to see what she brought back to Sanibel. The first thing she told me “We found 250 SHARK’S TEETH!” then added “… and a guy on the beach told me these were a couple of STINGRAY MOUTH PLATES”.

stingray mouth plate photo

Well, I guess they are. They are only about a half inch long and you can tell what they are by the little grooves. Doesn’t it boggle the mind how someone figured out what these little pieces are when they are mixed in with sand, pebbles and shell crush? They can be up to 2 million years old!

This is Susan with a hand full of SHARK’S TEETH…

Susan sharks teeth in palm

Look at all the SHARK’S TEETH spread out. It’s so much more obvious that these are fossil teeth… instead of figuring out a fossil mouth plate.

sharks teeth

This tooth was about 2 1/2 inches long and broken in half. This came from a big sucker…

large brown sharks tooth

Okay, now we have seen a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE, lots of SHARK’S TEETH and remember Carla found a PUFFERFISH MOUTHPLATE when I shelled with her in Bonita…

Pufferfish Mouth plate fossil

 These poor creatures needed a dentist! They lost so many mouth parts and they’re washing up all along the Gulf Coast! ;)

3 sharks teeth

 It’s always fun to learn about other types of beach bling that washes up on the shore and always fun to hang out with someone who shares the same love for it. Thanks Susan and the rest of my shelling family out there! Who else could get excited about a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE?

pam susan sanibel



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A Barefoot Beach Morning

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Bonita Beach, Cone, Coral, Decorate with shells, Fossil, Puffer fish mouth plate, Sanibel, seashell decor, Shark's Eye, Shark's Teeth, Turtle skoot, Worm Shell | 33 comments

Coral from Bonita

Coral from Barefoot Beach

I’ve been wanting to run down to Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs (45 minute drive) to meet shelling sister Carla Barone for quite some time. Today I got to meet her and she was everything I thought… shell crazy and sweet as pie. As soon as we hit the beach, I found all of these pieces of CORAL as we walked south to get down to the jetty at Wiggins Pass.

Pufferfish Mouth plate fossil

Fossils found by Carla

Carla loves looking for not only shells but fossils and different beach treasures. She picked up these pieces then told me the fossils in her hand clockwise from top left…. a SHARK’S TOOTH, a piece of turtle shell called a “SKOOT”, and …okay… are you ready for this one? … the mouth plate of a PUFFER FISH. Wow. I’d like you to meet Carla…

Pam Rambo Carla Barone

Me with super collector Carla

She loves to talk to everyone on the beach about all the fun things to collect.

Carla showing fossils

Carla showing fossils to Kathy and her friend

We found out that Kathy was a first time sheller and she found this…

Kathy with alphabet cone

Kathy with alphabet cone

A perfect ALPHABET CONE! I saw the colors through her shell bag and commented on her find but she didn’t know what I was talking about. She didn’t realize what she had… until now. Then we ran into  Carla’s good friend Jen who taught her about most of the fossils she has found.

Fossil collector Jen

Fossil collector Jen

Today she was collecting as sorts of shells and goodies.

Jen's shell bag

Jen’s shell bag

Another one of Carla’s friends (she’s very popular on this beach!) Ella found this awesome SHARK’S EYE. What a cutie!

Ella with sharks eye

Ella with sharks eye

Then I found this huge WORM SHELL. I still can’t believe how big it is.

Large worm shell Bonita


And some of his grand wormies…

Worm shells Bonita

Bunch of worm shells

On the way back, we saw several ssslloooooww GOPHER TORTOISES.

Gopher tortoise

Gopher tortoise

So this is where Carla finds a lot of her shells.

Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach entrance sign

So she can make beautiful whelk sculptures like this…

Whelk Sculpture by Carla Barone

Whelk Sculpture by Carla Barone

Thanks for everything, Carla. It was a great shelling morning!

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