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assortment of shells collected while beach combing swfl

These shells are just a few of many beautiful gifts from the sea I could have easily plucked off the beach and popped in my beach bucket.

beachcombing on fort myers beach

I have oodles of shells already in my house (and my yard, garage, porch, walkways, car, and of course the “shellaboratory) so I had to use restraint. But OMG, look at what washed up on south Fort Myers Beach! I showed this photo in my post but it was a little blurry so I’m trying again so you can see in just a tiny area, what kinds of shells and Beach Bling washed up together. Caryl Renz asked what was in this photo that looked like thousands of tusk shells …. here’s the answer- that’s MANATEE GRASS. When the little tubes of MANATEE GRASS get washed on shore they don’t look like your regular SEA WEED, to me it looks like parmesan cheese sprinkled over a seafood stew on the beach. But I now realize after reading Caryl’s comment, they do look like tusk shells too. Look at all the interesting things in this photo! (I hope this CYBERSHELLING shot a little more clear this time?)

manatee grass with seashells

Did you find these FLORIDA CONES while you were CYBERSHELLING?

florida cones found on Fort Myers Beach

I continued to walk south on the beach to see swarms of people in one area. Oooohhhh! I’ve gotta pick up the pace and find out what they are finding!

crowd of shellers on fort myers beach

An o-ver-whelming amount of shells and bling washed up for about a mile!

collecting sea shells after a storm

My head was spinning! Everywhere I looked, I saw seashells, CRAB SHELLS, STARFISH, SAND DOLLARS and MANATEE GRASS.

cybershelling ft myers beach for seashells

So many people were finding sweet little TRUE TULIPS like this one I saw in a cup on the beach.

seashells in a cup

There were shell lines at the shore line….

shellers stooping for shells in sw florida

But then higher on the beach the wrack line was as wide as … well there really was no “line” …it covered the whole beach! I usually find very cool shells on this beach but the shelling was ridiculous this week!

gobs of shells o ft myers beach

I usually find very cool shells on this beach but the shelling was ridiculous this week!

horse conch fort myers beach

Now you see why I had to use restraint to only pick up a few of my faves. I rinsed my treasures off then sorted them out under a cute little tiki hut . It truly is paradise!

 beach resort tiki hut with shells

I was so tickled to find such spiny and colorful SPINY JEWELBOXES, 2 WHITE CRESTED TELLINS, NUTMEGS, GAUDY NATICAS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, ANGEL WINGS, tiny TRUE TULIPS, WORMIES, 2 double PURPLISH TAGELUS, SHARKS EYES, and of course, WHELKS, OLIVES, CONCHS, BANDBED TULIPS and my 2 FLORIDA CONES. That’s the SANIBEL SIX double time! i Love Shelling!

shells collected on south Fort Myers Beach Florida

UPDATE: I’ve had lots of folks ask me about parking to get to this beach. In the comments section of this post I responded to Holly so I will repost here as well just in case you don’t read the comments…

There is public parking further north on Flamingo Rd with parking meters. But…. Between you and me….;) there is a shopping center near there called Santini Plaza. Some of the locals say you can park there and walk over to the beach… but don’t quote me on that, please. Id hate to have them mad at me for filling up their parking lot so they don’t have room for their patrons. If the lot is empty, I’m sure its ok but please Just be thoughtful of their parking issues for the businesses. My mission is to share the shelling love <3 but the locals with businesses of Southwest Florida need the love too :) Its gotta be a happy balance to shellebrate together! That beach is best at low tide but Let us know if the piles are still there.

PS- I tried to explain the parking in a previous post about this beach but like I said back then, it’s a little harder to get to so you don’t have as much competition. hahaha so to me thats a good thing!http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/2013/07/21/everythings-in-the-pink-when-youre-on-the-beach/

May
23

Seashells in the Sanibel Surf

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seashells waves water

We didn’t see an abundance of shells on the beaches of Sanibel earlier this week but now the winds have changed from east to west along with evening negative low tides throughout the weekend… soooo… now we are finding shells again!

shelling with tools sanibel

We weren’t the only ones that found this little sweet spot on Sanibel about a half mile on from the bridge that connects Sanibel to Captiva at Blind Pass. Judy B found the Sanibel Six plus lots more…

Judy B Sanibel Six shells

Judy B was on the iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa on Sunday so I was thrilled to see her again on the beach with her son (in the water shelling).

Judy B Sanibel sheller

After I took that photo of her hand with all of the shells, about 30 minutes later, she showed me another gorgeous handful of shells she just found. I couldn’t resist! I had to take another photo with that spectasheller GAUDY NATICA (COLORFUL MOON SHELL), NUTMEGS, BANDED TULIP, CHESTMUT TURBAN and that SPINY JEWELBOX with such nice spines…

Judy B sanibel seashells

Ron and Sharon (South Dakota) and Annie, Rachael and cutie little Keara (in front) from Minnesota were all scooping shells out of the surf too…

Family seashelling Sanibel

They found quite an awesome assortment…

shells from Sanibel Florida

I started shelling right beside Lynn and Ed from Pompano and saw they were having a ball finding great shells. They said this was the best shelling they had seen all week…

Lynn Ed Sanibel shelling

Lynn showed me her bag filled with BANDED TULIPS and more…

Lynn seashells sanibel

But hold on… I have video of them! LOL I started taking a movie of all of the shells in the water and saw them keep picking up shells so I had to ask what they had. Ha! It’s hard for me to concentrate on talking while I’m filming because I get so distracted so easily. Errrr… and it’s the first time I’ve ever turned the camera on myself. Oh well, I’ll get more comfortable one day if I do more of that nonsense. Who knows but click on the vid to see…

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Super Sheller Clark lived up to his name again and pulled out a perfect ALPHABET CONE and he also found one of those chocolate colored LACE MUREXES but I still havent taken a photo of it. Oh and Judy B found a dark LACIE too…but no photo- sorry! Here’s Clark with his ALPHIE though…

clark alphabet cone shelling tool

We also saw Christy and Larry from TN who were on the iLS shelling cruise too! They were not going to be outdone by Clark or anybody else by finding a brilliant bright orange mid size HORSE CONCH and a perfect FLAT SCALLOP…

browning find horse conch flat scallop sanibel

And lemme tell you, Larry is funnier than a June Bug! After showing me his perfect FLAT SCALLOP, he then showed me this shell and said “Now I’m FLAT broke!” LOL

larry's flat broke

Here they are with another treasure, their daughter  Sarah…

larry's flat broke

The evenings right now are perfect on the beach. Low humidity, 80 degrees, no bugs, low tide and shells.

collecting seashells sanible florida

We also had a little eye candy on the way home off San Cap Rd. Can you see the baby ALLIGATOR on the bike path?

sanibel captiva drive alligator

Now you can see it a little better. Wild, huh?

baby alligator bike path sanibel

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Mar
21

Sanibel Stoop And The Shelling Scoop

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blue sheller iLS

The Sanibel Island shellers have been out the last 2 days having great luck with and without their scoops. Kim from St Louis was in knee deep water scooping up treasures with her net this morning at Blind Pass Sanibel…

kim shelling sw florida

She found a bag full of trophies! She found The Sanibel SixCOCKLES, SCALLOPS plus a big honkin’ HORSE CONCH! She said it was rolling by her foot when she was in the water.

seashells yellow bag sanibel florida

She was workin’ it!

kim horse conch

The shells were piling up at the same spot I showed you last week when the Shellingmen Tribe was out in full force…

seashells sanibel island florida

I also met Darlene from Pennsylvania but was too shy to have her photo (not sure why- she’s cute as can be) but she definitely wanted to share her loot because she was happy as a clam to find all of these WHELKS, CONCHS, OLIVES, TULIPS, MUREXES (The Sanibel Six minus the CONE) , SCALLOPS and some cool CORAL.

darlene seashells

Okay, I told you this was the same spot on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass as last week where the shells were rolling in… but yesterday I found another shell pile at Blind Pass. This time it was under the bridge on the Sanibel side.

seashells under bridge sanibel

Kim from Cape Coral didn’t need a net or a scoop to sift through this pile on the canal to find some goodies to take home…

lisa blue shell bag sanibel

She sorted through to find a KINGS CROWN, HORSIES, WHELKS , TURBANS and my latest faves… the amazing colorful SCALLOPS.

lisa blue seashell bag

And last but not at all least, cutie pies Emily and Brian from Boston were wading in the water to find this live LIGHTNING WHELK…

emily brian lightning whelk sanibel

I write some times about finding an OPERCULUM on the beach so now you can see what it looks like when it’s still useful to this live MOLLUSK. It acts as the door to the opening of the shell so it can protect itself from predators. The black part around the OPERCULUM is the animal going back inside its shell. Cool, huh? So after we looked at this magnificent live creature, Emily and Brian walked it back out to the water to live happily ever after.

live lightning whelk emily

That’s what makes shelling so much fun… every day the beaches change and every day you see something different.

shells canal sanibel bp

seashells and surf iLS