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Everything’s Coming Up Rose Petal Tellins in Big Hickory

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Beach Seed Pods, Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Dove Snail, Rose Tellin, Rusty Dove Shell, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat, Sparse, Sparse Dove | 8 comments

rose petal tellins alphabet cone and sharks eye beach finds

Julie (Colorado) must have put on her ROSE colored glasses to find so many ROSE PETAL TELLIN shells on our iLoveShelling Adventure on Sight Sea-R Cruises trip. And how ’bout those beautiful SHARKS EYES and ALPHABET CONE too?

julie colorado shell seeker

There were so many different shell and wrack lines to look through since the beach was so wide on Big Hickory Island. Margaret (NC) searched way up high on the beach to find a few treasured SEA PEARLS.

margaret nc sea pearl sea bean beach combing

sea pearl beach comber find

It was really cool to see Russ on our trip again because he always finds such interesting stuff.


Russ found 2 dove shells swfl

He found two little shells that aren’t so easily spotted. The one on the left is a RUSTY DOVE shell and the one on the right is a SPARSE DOVE. I don’t find the RUSTY DOVE all that much so I think thats a really cool find- exshellent!

rusty and sparse dove shell

Kathy and Mark found all sorts of cool treasures… 

Kathy Mark shelling cruise

I’d say this was a pretty awesome day to find that really yellow HORSE CONCH, huge SHARKS EYE, an ANGEL WING, FLORIDA CONE, ROSE TELLIN, perfect WHELKS, WORMIES (!) and if you could only see how beautiful that FIGHTING CONCH is with a spectacsheller purple interior.


Cutie Shellootie Isabela and her gramma Karen (Wisconsin) found all sorts of goodies too. 

isabela karen Wisconsin shellers

They both love all of the shells and beach bling too. I have a feeling there will be a really fun shell craft day in their future. Fun! Ohhhhh and especially withthat ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHER.

seashells and beach bling for artist

So many happy faces and cool shellers were out with us… like Debbie and Leah from St. Louis.


debbie leah sharks eye shell horse conch

Once that HORSE CONCH is cleaned up, it will be really fabshellous- it’s such a nice size. And talk about size… that SHARK’S EYE is huge.

horse conch and sharks eye

Talk about happy! I love this cuteness of Connie from Pine Island with that tiny little perfect SAND DOLLAR. That’s always something to be happy about.

Connie pine island sand dollar

Well, of course there’s WORM SHELLS to be happy about too! Diane wanted to find her first WORM SHELL… and she ended up finding way more than one and an ANGEL WING too. Gotta love those wormies.

Diane found worm shells georgia

There was so much to explore and it was fun sharing it with shellers like Kiva and Doug from Ponce Inlet, FL.

kiva doug ponce inlet shellers

We all found such a variety of different treasures.

fargo worm shell

I found a few treasures too! Look at these cutie sisters Diane and Marilyn in their i Love Shelling tees and bright shelling gear.

diane marilyn chicago i love shelling t shirts

Did you notice that these Kansas City gals Sheila Candace and Toni have their hands up? They are showing off their cutie OLIVE bracelets that Candace made them all for their shelling trip to Florida (CLICK HERE to see bracelet tutorial to make your own). So cute! Oh and do you remember Candace? She is the one who inspired me to find out about that TEXAS LONG HORN BRYOZOA and learn about that cool BEACH BLING.

Sheila Candace Toni shell bracelets and seashell collecting

Thank you Kathy and Charlie (PA) for the blast from the past and wearing your Sanibel Six tees. It was so fun to see y’all.

sanibel 6 tee shirts Kathy Charlie PA

I have to apologize to some folks since my iPhone camera got a little wacky- it fogged up. Dunno, but I still have to show you Cathy and Pete’s finds even though the pic isn’t great- Im so sorry!


cathy pete foggy shells

I know the photo isn’t great but the shells and bling were so beautiful, I’m sure you can still appreciate them (?).

shells from Big Hickory Island

Any way, it was a blast of a time out on the water boating to one of the out islands of SW Florida. Thanks for joining me, y’all!

Shelling trip to Sw Florida out islands

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Seashells At Your Fingertips

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in Cone, Corrugate Jewel Box, Dove Snail, Rough scallop, Rusty Dove Shell, Sanibel, Scallop | 20 comments

Rusty dove shell on fingers

There are thousands of seashells at your fingertips most days on Sanibel but this weekend I was finding oodles of miniature shells that fit ON my fingertips. I found this RUSTY DOVE SHELL rolling along the surf line.

rusty dove shell aperture

Isn’t this the pretties little shell detailed with those tiny teeth along the opening (aperture)? I was excited to find it since it isn’t my every day find. I knew it was a DOVE shell but MurexKen verified that it was a RUSTY DOVE SHELL.

rusty dove shell

Clark found this little SWEET CONE….

cone fingertip

 I always love to find the bright orange “juvie” SCALLOPS…

rough scallop fingertip

I normally only pick up the FLORIDA SPINY JEWEL BOX but this CORRUGATE JEWEL BOX just struck me as being so colorful and vibrant with such a fun shape… I had to pick this one up. Honestly, most of the time they just aren’t so cute… but maybe they are starting to grow on me.

jewel box shell fingertip

On Friday,I met shelling sistah and sister blogger Cheri from Shelllady who I could have talked to for hours. She lives very close to my family in Virginia so it was so nice to talk to Cheri and her “Hubby” about my old stomping grounds and felt right at home with them…and I got to see their shells they found.

Cheri shelllady hubby

 This next picture are the shells they found on Friday but if you go to her blog HERE, you can read about everything they found from the week. They found The Sanibel Six and more!

Cheri's shells on Sanibel

 If I had seen this on Thursday, I would have added this to my “10 Reasons Why I Love The Beach” list so I’ll just say this is #11….Rainbows

under the sanibel rainbow


Clark with rainbow

rainbow sea oats



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Periwinkle, Lewis And Beau Seashells

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Lewis Moon Snail, Periwinkles, Rusty Dove Shell, Sand Dollar, Sanibel, Vitrinella | 21 comments

Beau's Vitrinella

Beau's Vitrinella

While looking for minis at the Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel this past week, I ran across a shell I never noticed before. This little guy is a BEAU’S VITRINELLA and it’s only 3/8 of an inch big. It was near the area I was finding WENTLETRAPS, TUSKS, and BABY’S EARS so I was very focused on the small shells. Beau's Vitrinella aperture

It’s a pretty little shell so I will definitely be on the lookout for more of them now that I know the shape, pattern and can call it something other than “cutie little guy that looks like a flattened tiny white button shell”.

Sandy Vitrinella

This is what it looked like on the beach when I found the VITRINELLA.

Periwinkle snail

I also found this shell that measures about an inch at the lighthouse beach. I thought it could be faded PERIWINKLE but just to be sure it wasn’t a tree snail or something, I asked my land snail friend H.L. Lori if she knew what it was. Without seeing the shell in person, she thought it looked about right to be a PERIWINKLE. Thanks, HL!

Mangrove Periwinkle

This is another view after I brought it home.

Mangrove Periwinkle

It looks like a MANGROVE PERIWINKLE, doesn’t it?

Lewis Moon Snail

Since I’m on the seashell identification kick, I thought I’d show you this shell too. Let me make this clear… this is not a Sanibel area shell. This was a gift from Terri and Dennis who found it where they live… around the Seattle, WA area. I didn’t know what to call this one either so I asked my California shell friend Scott R. to identify it for me (thanks, Scott!). He says it’s a LEWIS MOON SNAIL and it’s the largest MOON SNAIL in the world. It’s about 4 inches wide. It’s huge!

aqua table display

I found a great home for it right beside the shell sculpture Carla from Love Letters From The Sea blog.

West coast Sand Dollars

Terri and Dennis also brought quite a few SAND DOLLARS from the Pacific. They are just as beautiful as our Sanibel SAND DOLLARS but they don’t have the slits like ours. Thank you Terri and Dennis!  I found a nice home for them as well….right beside our CARIBBEAN CONCHS and other shells we found in Belize 2009 .

Sand Dollar display

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