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Heavy winds and rain with tornado watches whipped through Sanibel during the first day of the 2014 Shell Festival yesterday. They had to close the show around 1:30pm because the storm caused power outages throughout the island so the Sanibel Community House was completely pitch dark. What a fluke!
But…. those same whipping winds caused hundreds of seashells to wash up at Lighthouse Beach this morning. Yay!
All sorts of STARFISH, PEN SHELLS, DISK DOSINIAS and SEAWEED piled up to form a nice thick wrack line to pick through…
I always love to sift through all the BEACH BLING to see what sorts of cool things from the deep belly of the Gulf Of Mexico make an appearance. I found a gorgeous treasure in this mess of sea debris so I thought you might enjoy picking through it for some CYBERSHELLING too. Get picking by CLICKING on the pic!
Did you find this stunning TRUE TULIP too?
Here’s another CYBERSHELLING photo to check out such an amazing pile of DOSINIAS. After I got home and looked at this photo a little closer, I realized I missed a very cool WORM SHELL, Dang it! Oh well, I hope someone else snagged that piece of yumminess up…
I love to look inside the PEN SHELLS for hidden gems too. This one had a tiny TRUE TULIP laying inside like a precious pearl waiting to be found. Once I picked it out of the PEN SHELL, I realized this baby TRUE was still alive and well protected so I put both together back in the water to hopefully get lodged in the sand.
It was so much fun to see so much bling and shells wash up at the Lighthouse Beach again… especially for the many shellers in town for the Shell Festival.
I promise I’ll get back to showing more exhibits from the fair on my next post but I had to shout out about the shelling news at the Lighthouse… and here are my favorite finds from this morning.
Clockwise- a GIANT ATLANTIC COCKLE filled with BUBBLE SHELLS, a BUTTON and a little itty bitty juvie FIGHTING CONCH; 2 juvie FIGHTING CONCHS; TRUE TULIP; CALICO CRAB SHELL; the smallest CARRIER SHELL I’ve ever found on Sanibel; SHARKS EYE; LACE MUREX, oodles of SUNRAY VENUS, SEA URCHIN and then another LACIE.
I have some other great news too… there are spots available for you to join us for Shellabaloo! It’s the most fabulous Shelling Adventure on the planet! Come join us April 24-27, 2014 to experience this awesome event. CLICK HERE for more info.
Okay, I can’t resist…. I have to show you a few more shell pieces from the show. They are exquisite!
Sunrise on Sanibel is such a beautiful sight at Lighthouse Beach, I always tell myself I need to get out there in the morning more often.
As I was shelling at the waters edge, I met a family enjoying the cool morning while collecting shells along the same path. Rick, Cindy, Sarah, Harley (she’s peek-a-boo-ing between her mom and dad’s legs- heehee) and Richard from Virginia were tickled with their finds.
Cindy found a beautiful PAPER FIG and ANGEL WING while Rick was finding juvie WHELKS, CONCHS and pieces of shells with cool BARNCLES attached…
Cindy found this awesome BRITTLE STAR on the beach which we thought was too dry to still be alive but while we inspected him and all ooohed and aaahed, the little guy started waving one of his arms to tell us he still had some life in him. Omigosh! He needed water! Cindy hurried to get this guy back to the Gulf Of Mexico.
Sarah found her first WENTLETRAP!
I should have known I would see award winning SAILORS VALENTINE artist Constance Miller shelling at the lighthouse because the Sanibel Shell Festival this week. She loves to find her own WENTLETRAPS and other mini shells to use in her gorgeous designs.
Clark and I walked just south of Bowman’s Beach to catch sunset and saw the perfect Sanibel Stooper shelling the sand bar just as the sun reached the horizon. So beautiful!
Just after I snapped the photo, that Sanibel Stooper walked back towards the beach so I approached him to tell him I got a fun photo of him at sunset. Holy Cowrie! It was Rick again! LOL Yes, that was the same Rick that I had just met in the morning shelling at Lighthouse Beach. He and his son Richard (Marley’s dad) were still shelling but this time near Bowman’s too. It’s a small island, huh?
These are just a few goodies they pulled out of their shell bag. Lots of treasure!
If you are near Sanibel Island this week Thursday- Saturday (March 6,7,8 2014) you shouldn’t miss the 77th Sanibel Shell Festival. It will be lots of fun AND…. I am entering into the show for the very first time. I have two pieces that will be judged in the artistic division so I will definitely show you pictures later in the week after they have been judged. Yes, judged… Ack! Pressure! Please wish me good luck! And of course I will be blogging about all of the other exhibits as well. I hope to see you there!
I have been looooving my long walks on the Sanibel beaches this week with warm, sunny days. Yesterday at the Lighthouse Beach, I enjoyed finding WENTLETRAPS and other sweet minis on the Gulf Of Mexico side instead of on the pier side where they used to be.
It feels so good to find the minis again.
Jim from Buffalo, NY found four times the WENTLETRAPS I found but I was most jealous of this crazy big WENTLE. Wow! Thats a whopping wentle to wet your whistle!
A few days ago I walked Blind Pass beach on the Sanibel side and met Deb from Minnesota…
She had such a beautiful variety of shells she mostly found at the water’s edge. Very nice BANDED TULIPS, FIGHTING CONCHS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, SCALLOPS and of course that sweet candy in the middle- a juvie HORSE CONCH.
Lokks like I’ve got some catching you up to do because I got lost in time looking through all of those PEN SHELLS, BEACH BLING and researching those DOSINIAS earlier this week. I also went to Tarpon Beach a couple of days ago and found this big shell pile.
Just a short walk from that big shell pile there are still nice low tide pools with fun stuff to explore too. This one is only about 50 yards in front of the entrance (on the left) to the public beach access.
To show you how many shell and wrack lines there are at Tarpon Beach, I tried (its a little blurry- sorry!) to take a photo of me holding a WENTLETRAP in one of the high tide lines so you could see how far I was from that shell pile and the water. There are so many fun areas to search.
Every beach I’ve been to in the past few days, has been so much fun to explore. If I didn’t find the bigger shells like Deb, I started to search for my fave minis. But then… finding shells is just icing on the cake sometimes. Sometimes I just want to feel the sunshine on my skin and breath in the sea. So I hope you can CyberSink your toes on this sandy, shelly beach and enjoy the blue skies, sunshine and warm weather to enjoy it with me. Sending sunshine and cybershells.
PS- I’m thrilled I’ve gotten some feedback and some of y’all are enjoying my “the differences between shells” posts. I have lots of different little minis in the top photos of my Lighthouse finds so until I can get to photographing the DRILLS and such, check out these posts … Similar Small Sanibel Seashells and… Seashells Open Your Eyes. That will help you identify most of these shells along with the SPARSE DOVE that’s in this post… I Spy Seashells And Beach Bling. Dont forget, you can always go to my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page… CLICK HERE.
I’m pretty dang good at finding mini shells but I need to narrow my focus since I don’t think I’ve ever found an ARROW DWARF TRITON before. Isn’t this a beautiful shell?
I’m so happy for Gill from England since she’s the one who found this gorgeous shell at Sanibel Lighthouse Beach. So cool! Congratshellations Gill!
Now you can see a little better how small it is. Believe it or not, it’s related to the NUTMEG.
She found it on the beach in one of the small shell lines close to the water around the tip of the island looking at the lighthouse at this view.
She also found a couple of BABYS EARS, a WENTLETRAP and a few other sweet minis to add to her “list”. Her “list” you ask? She has a competition going with her husband Andy (and a few other friends) to see who can find the most species of shells in one year. They got the idea from a movie “The Big Year” about a birding competition so they designed their competition around shells and gave it a point system. I’ve got to see this movie! I googled it after she told me about their game and the tag line is ” Everyone is searching for something”. hahaha Yes we are! Shells! Their contest ends December 31, 2014 so she said she’d let me know who wins (errrr- I’d like to take bets on the winner- hahaha). How fun!
I found a few goodies just washing in at the surf line…
That was yesterday…. and today the winds have picked up gusting over 15 mph out of the north west. The Gulf Of Mexico water is churning at Blind Pass (and all of SW Florida) so it’s stirring up those shells to hopeful wash them up at our toes in the next few days. Once it calms just a tad, the shells should be rolling in, folks! Hopefully, we’ll be getting some nice Shellentines!
Just a few steps from the Sanibel Lighthouse, oodles of seashells were being washed up near the shoreline yesterday.
I overheard Kathy and Karen (Wisconsin) getting very excited about the shells they were finding in the water…
Yes there were! In ankle deep water along the surf line, I saw one shell after another so I quickly got out my video and started filming. This video is uncut and I was continuously filming so you can see how I had to keep working the same area to find all of these shells. Each wave uncovered more shells so I had to be patient. More CYBERSHELLING to the rescue!
As you can see, the shells weren’t obvious since they were buried and filled with sand so I had to keep stooping for better scoops. Sisters Diane (Illinois) and Nancy (Missouri) couldn’t believe how many they found in that one area.
In the video, you briefly see Penny (Wisconsin) stooping in the water a little further out. I think I mumbled something like I hoped she was finding shells out there too. Any way, I ended up meeting Penny and her husband Brian a few minutes afterwards.
We figured out that just around the same time I was filming her out in the water, she found this FLORIDA CONE.
I also drove up to Blind Pass Captiva but that new sand bar in the pass is mostly just sand now but there are still some sweet minis. The Sanibel side of Blind Pass is still producing shells but the tides have been fickle so its been a hit or miss. It’s almost like if you don’t see shells there, just wait 4 more hours and they should be rolling in. I was just so happy to find such goodies at my old fave stomping ground- The Sanibel Lighthouse Beach.
THIS is what a Sanibel vacation is all about! I call this kind of shelling “Shellounging” which might even be better than the Sanibel Stoop AND the Sit “n Sift. LOL Sitting in your lounge chair in the water at low tide with your drink in the cup holder while filling your shell bag with seashells washing up to your toes…. that’s Shellounging! I’m taking notes from Shelloungers Linda (Cape Coral) and her daughter Jessica from Virginia…
They were finding great shells shellounging at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach…
“Just to be able to walk the beach this week in 85 degree sunny weather has been a blessing” said Debbie and Bill from Delaware…
So it’s a bonus to find some nice shells too.
My friend Anna was looking for WENTLETRAPS at the Lighthouse and was happy to find a few.
While looking for WENTLETRAPS, you have to get a very low Sanibel Stoop going so you might as well look for any miniature shell you can find. She had lots of luck with minis so I though you might want to do a little CYBERSHELLING too! I feel badly for some of you up north caught in that snow, so I want to bring a little sunshine and warmth to you. Look a little closer at Anna’s treasures and see if there’s anything you might have picked up too. Click on this next image of Anna’s hand to enlarge it. Shell away!
Anna told me the last few days, she was still finding shells at the shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva. FYI- Just remember there is still construction equipment at the lot at Turner Beach (Blind Pass Captiva parking lot) so you might have to go to the Sanibel side to park if you want to shell there. This could change at any moment but that’s the last I’ve seen- CLICK HERE to see my post about that info.
But anyway, these are the shells Anna found just by Sitting ‘N Sifting through that huge “old” pile of shells that came in on Thanksgiving. Shellzam!
Oh and Guess What! Someone had to cancel their reservation for Shellabaloo January 6-9, 2014. This is your chance to join us for the best shelling adventure of a lifetime! Come to Sanibel and enjoy the warm sunshine and seashells. I’ll take you to all of my favorite shelling places and teach you how to find the best shells. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.