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The Beach is Always Worth The Trip

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Baby's Ear, Bittersweet Clam, Giant Bittersweet, Pen Shell, Sanibel, Sanibel Causeway, Sunsets, Urchin | 15 comments

Sanibel causeway sunset

I had to pull the car over on one of the causeway islands last night on my way back to Sanibel because the sunset was so pretty. It always makes running errands so much more enjoyable when I can time it to return to the island at sunset. Ahhhh. Makes it worth it.

seashells on beach Sanibel

I also thought it was worth the trip to Blind Pass today to see if the shells were starting to show up again. To me, the shells have seemed a little scarce there lately for some reason. We’ve just had so much sand filling in again so I’ve been hoping for some good west winds to bring back the shells. I’m seeing more showing up now! Especially BITTERSWEETS. I saw quite a few today!

bittersweet seashell

I think this is the first BABY’S EAR that I’ve ever found at Blind Pass Sanibel. After I found this one, I found one more in the same area mixed in with the same type Beach Bling.

babys ear beach bling

Leo from Chicago showed me some cool live creatures he found before he set the free in the water.

Leo Chicago pen shell urchin

This is a live PURPLE SEA URCHIN hanging on to a live PEN SHELL. See how the PEN SHELL is partly opened? This is how Sandy The Sanderling got in trouble by putting her beak in there. It slammed shut on her beak and wouldn’t let go. Ouch! If you missed that story click HERE.

Live pen shell live purple sea urchin

This wrack line looks like a good sign to me for the next few days.

Captiva seashells on sandbar

I didn’t find loads of shells today but it was just good to get back on the beach on this beautiful day. I like quality these days over quantity. My BITTERSWEETS and BABY’S EARS made my day soooo much better.

seashells and waves

I’m getting back into my routine so I’ll be out tomorrow again to find out if there are any other shell spots hiding out there. Have you been finding great shells lately?

Sanibel causeway sunset closer

I want to thank you guys again for your feedback on my new i Love Shelling Shop. I’ll continue to add designs and merchandise so you can stay closer to Sanibel and we all can show off our love for shelling.

i love shelling mug


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Mini Shells On The Causeway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in Conch, Limpet, Sanibel Causeway, Top Shell, Whelk | 0 comments

Mini Shells

Mini Shells

I am so disappointed that I didn’t get out for more shelling today because we have a new moon. The pull of the moon is very strong during a new moon or a full moon so the tides are extreme. We had a very low tide today so that means you get to see more on the bed of the gulf. If you get to see and go further out than normal then there is a better chance you’ll find the bigger shells that haven’t made it to the shore yet.

I did get to stop on one of the islands on the causeway today. I mostly find the tiny shells on these islands as I did today. I think these little teeny weeny WHELKS, KEYHOLE LIMPETS, CONCHS and even TOP SHELLS are adorable.

We’ll catch the low, low tide on the next full moon or new moon.

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