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Spot, The Sanibel Spotted Eagle Ray (Video)

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Cyber Shelling, Rays, Spotted Eagle Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray Video | 41 comments

sanibel eagle ray

It’s not unusual to see COWNOSE RAYS swimming along Sanibel’s shoreline… but this was the first time we witnessed a beautiful SPOTTED EAGLE RAY surfing along the coast near shore today.  I got him on video so you can see too! We saw this guy half way between Blind Pass and Bowman’s Beach while participating in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup organized by SCCF. It was really fun but I’ll show you photos of that later since I can’t wait another minute to show you Spot, The Sanibel SPOTTED EAGLE RAY. See Spot swim!

Okay, I know… I’ve gotten lots of requests for more cyber shelling so to hold yall over, we saw this on our walk today…. find as many as you can!

bowmans beach cyber shelling


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Zippy Mini Seashells Video

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Cantharus, Conch, Cownose Rays, Horse Conch, Periwinkles, Ribbed Cantharus, Sanibel, Tusk Shell, Zippy Mini Seashells video | 15 comments

Miniature seashells aqua

Miniature seashells

These are just a few little minis that we found along the beach in the tidal pools at low tide on Sanibel. Obviously they are empty without their original inhabitants. Sometimes after the mollusk dies and leaves the shell empty, another creature takes up residency…. HERMIT CRABS! Check out this short video of these little mini shells inhabited by tiny crazy hermit crabs zipping here and there.

They are so cute, aren’t they? I just love seeing that little WENTLETRAP running around! heehee Here are a few more we found that didn’t have any live creatures inside them that we were able to bring home. Please remember, do not take any shell with a live animal inside it. It’s not fair to kill them and it’s against the law here in Lee County.

Orange Ribbed  Cantharus

Orange Ribbed Cantharus

Tusk shells aqua

Tusk shells

tusk shell on aqua

Single tusk shell

baby horse conch shells

Baby horse conch shells....Candies!

Periwinkle seashell

Periwinkle seashell

While Clark and I were walking along the surf line looking for minis, we had a fella that swam along us for quite some time…

Cownose ray in surf

Cownose ray in surf

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Bald Eagles Enjoy Lunch at The Dunes (video)

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in Bald Eagles, Birds, Cownose Rays, Eagle, Video, Worm Shell | 8 comments

Two BALD EAGLES were enjoying their lunch at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club yesterday…..and I got them on video too! I had some requests for more video after I posted the COWNOSE RAYS video but I can’t believe I got this close to these breathtaking birds this week as well. After I captured the rays, I’ve had my video camera practically attached to me so I never miss a moment. It’s a good thing since one of the EAGLES let us pass him in the golf cart while he ate his fish for lunch. It’s been a good week….I think Mother Nature is helping us celebrating Earth Day all week long.

Bald Eagle on The Dunes golf course eating a fish lunch

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Cownose Ray Video!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Cownose Ray Video, Cownose Rays, Lighthouse, Video | 18 comments

You won’t believe how close these COWNOSE RAYS (they aren’t manta rays) got to me and the other shellers at the lighthouse! I hope this gives you some of the pleasure that we all had since we were lucky enough to have seen this in person.

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