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Easter, Sanibel Style!

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Shellebrate Easter

Wishing you an eggshellent day filling up your shell basket!

Pam shell easter basket


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Easter Shellebration

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Thank you Jane for sharing your Easter Shell Basket!

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shell bags captiva

 High winds are blowing from the west. We have a full moon tonight. The tides are extremely high and low. The Gulf Of Mexico waters are churning.

captiva bp egg case

 Bits and pieces of BEACH BLING were rolling up on Captiva yesterday.

apple murex egg case

 The high tide was bringing in all sorts of flotsam and jetsam on the gulf side of the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach.

unusual beach Sanibel

 The Sanibel pier beach was foaming from the churned surf like a rabid dog.

Sanibel pier unusual look

 I’m thinking the Easter Bunny is getting ready to scatter those seashells on our beaches for a great Easter Shell Hunt!

high tide line Sanibel lighthouse

….but I feel like that rabid dog foaming at the mouth waiting for those shells to roll in!

foamy lighthouse beach sanibel

Have a Happy Easter weekend! I hope the Easter Bunny is good to you too!

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Easter Colors Sanibel Style

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Easter Seashells

Everywhere I looked last night, I saw the colors of Easter… in seashells.

Easter Sanibel sky…..and in the sky

Easter coconuts…..and around the palm trees.

sister shell seekers

As we “hopped” around to the lighthouse beach filling up our Easter shell basket, I ran into sisters Carol and Gail finding goodies for their basket (errr, shell bag ;)).

Carol Sanibel shells

It was their last night on Sanibel and Carol finally found her first WENTLETRAP at the lighthouse beach. Yippee! Congrats!

Lace Murex in sand

I found sweet little LACE MUREX.

Dusky cone on sea pork

And I found this cute little DUSKY CONE on a piece of SEA PORK. It looks like an Easter egg broke and the yoke spilled everywhere, doesn’t it?

Aimee fighting conchs

Then we hopped on over to the beach off Middle Gulf Dr. and met Aimee (too shy to have her picture taken) where she found three of these FIGHTING CONCHS so I added the one furthest down in her palm. Look at how cool it is since it has a “freak” growth pattern.

banded tulip Sanibel shell

Even the BANDED TULIPS had a hint of pink for Easter.

paper fig seashell beach

Happy Easter! Good wishes for you all to shellebrate the day.

Pastel sky


Feeding Frenzy

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King's Crown ate a crab

This KING’S CROWN had a feast for lunch! Do you think he ate the claw too? I’m sure he did! He already ate the rest of the shell (?). These are the rest of the pictures from Easter but I was way too excited to blog about anything else but my big find of the 12″ WHELK. Sorry, you’ll probably get sick of me talking about that 12″ WHELK (heehee) so I’ll try to keep focused…..because these pictures are really cool!

Horse Conch seashell eats Lighning whelk

Isn’t this wild???  We saw many live shells that were eating other seashell species. They are so powerful that they just suck that other mullosk right out of their shell.

Horse Conch seashell lunches on whelk

This is how shallow the water was that he was found (and released) with his lunch.

Horse conch and king's crown

When you look into the shallow rippling water, some times you can’t really decipher what it is that you are about to pick up. Clark picked up this HORSE CONCH and this KING’S CROWN came with him. The HORSE CONCH had just sucked out the KING’S CROWN mullosk and spit the empty shell into Clark’s hand. Unbelievable.

Whelk egg casing in shallow water

I hope you can see what’s in this picture. It’s a very long and winding WHELK EGG CASING that looks like something from outer space. It looked like one end of this was dug into the sand. I’ve never seen a WHELK “birth” one of these casing so I’m not sure if they (she?) are under the sand when they do it or not. I wasn’t about to tug on it to find out. Remember, I’m far from a scientist and I don’t even play one on TV. ;)

Bright orange Horse conch

We ended up bringing home 13 KING’S CROWNS, a bunch of WORM SHELLS, a bright orange HORSE CONCH and of course, A TWELVE INCH WHELK.


I Found A BIG ONE!!

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Whelk seashell Captiva Florida

I Found A Big One

This was the best Easter shell hunt I’ve ever had!

OK, Clark and I found it together……but I picked it up first! heehee. Yeah, I’m still a little giddy from all of the excitement. It’s not every day that we find a WHELK that BIG!

We didn’t have a lot of time today for boating since we had to take our boat back to Salty Sam’s Marina in Ft Myers Beach where we keep it in dry storage. So we just did some island hopping    (Easter bunnies!…….. sorry…..still giddy) off Captiva and found this mac daddy WHELK in some shallow waters on one of the out islands. He had some scum on him but it came right off with a little “sand exfoliation”.

12 inch whelk shell

12 inch whelk shell

Foot long whelk

We found some other cool stuff too but I’ve run out of time so I’ll show those pictures tomorrow. I’d just like to savor this for the night.

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