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Dec
07

Sanibel Christmas Bling

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Be careful of what you wish for!  I’ve been secretly hoping for some “bling” for Christmas. Meaning like… shiny, pretty, glitzy wearable “bling”. But instead I got raggedy, stringy, gooey “bling”… BEACH BLING!

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If you know me, you know that I get more excited about discovering something new washing in on the beach than getting any new fancy, shiny jewelry. Errrrr.. well most of the time. LOL But really, I found this dried clump of  some sort of stringy mass at Lighthouse Beach today.

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Cool! So I looked a little closer to inspect its identity…. and realized that it’s a FIGHTING CONCH EGG STRING!

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The little eggs inside these strings will turn into this one day…

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Doesn’t that just blow your mind? And remember? Back in July, I saw a live FIGHTING CONCH laying her eggs (to see the post CLICK HERE)…

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Unfortunately the string I found today was too dried up for any of the eggs to make it but that’s why the females lay so many eggs. Some will make it! Any maybe that’s why at different time of the year we see thousands at time on the beach… maybe they are mating!

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See? This is why I love my BEACH BLING so much! There are endless possibilities of treasures Mother Nature will give us to ponder over. Like the other Bling I found  today. A RAGGED SEA HARE! Poor guy was washed up on the beach but I could see “he” was still alive and moving so I took hime to the water. I took a very quick video today but if you missed my last video on the RAGGED SEA HARE, it is waaaaayyyy better with a few added funnies CLICK HERE.

Here is today’s version of me trying to save this SEA HARE and all of his “raggedness”. YouTube Preview Image

I didn’t find many keeper shells today at the Lighthouse Beach since I was too obsessed with the Bling. When I got home I still felt like I needed my shell fix so I finally rinsed (plain water, don’t use bleach!) off my COCQUINAS from earlier this week. Oh, and yes, I left in that cute little TURKEY WING too.

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Hope to see you at the parade tomorrow!

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Aug
23

Raggedy Hair Ragged Sea Hare Video

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This looks nothing like the SEA HARES I’ve seen in the past that gracefully dance through the water flapping their wings like a beautiful bird. I know, this guy looks like Bob Slug Marley… in need of a haircut. I found this RAGGED SEA HARE at the  Sanibel Lighthouse Beach yesterday morning at low tide where there were ooodles of them! I’ve never seen one of these before! We’ve had some strange winds from all directions and very choppy seas the last few days so I think they got pushed in right after they “hatched”. When they got out of the water, they retracted their horns and pigtails (haha- they are actually called papillae but let’s go with pigtails for now) and rolled up in ball. This gives new meaning to “hare ball”, right?

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And yes! Another video! I loooove finding and learning about new sea life and add  it to my BEACH BLING  identification page!

Ummmm…. Please don’t tell anyone else that I heard what this RAGGED SEA HARE was saying… they might think I’m crazy.  ;)

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Oh and I had witnesses that will tell you I wasn’t crazy listening to these guys. I ran into Dan and Tina (TN) who were at the Lighthouse shelling finding all of these fantastic shells while I pointed out the RAGGED SEA HARES…

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And! To top it all off, I saw Karen with her cutie aqua iLS shirt and iLS cap on! I first met Karen and Dexter (St Louis) after they found a huge MEGALADON SHARKS TOOTH at Blind Pass last year. It was so good to see yall again!

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PS- If you don’t know already, there is a tropical storm in the Atlantic predicted to become Hurricane Isaac which is on a path headed towards Southwest Florida. If it stays on this path and gains strength, I’ll let you know in a quick post if we have to evacuate. Fingers crossed that we only get shells and NOT a hurricane.

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Jul
13

Sanibel’s Sign Of The Times

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2012 Sanibel seashells

This says it all…. 2012 is a gorgeous year on Sanibel. Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach was no exception yesterday where I met Melissa using PEN SHELLS to make this “sign of the times” (heehee). Her kids Ricki and Mack made perfect models to show off her seashell art.

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The beach and parking lots have made a full recovery from Tropical Storm Debby last month. Even the STARFISH are recovering! Days after TS Debby, we saw hundreds of live STARFISH washed up on the beach with most of their arms broken off. See how resilient they are? This one had 4 out of 5 arms broken off (I’m sure from the storm) and all 4 are growing back now trying to match that original long arm on the right of my hand. Cool, huh?

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I also saw a live SEA HARE (or SEA SLUG)! It’s always a treat to see these graceful creatures swimming along our shoreline.

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I have video of a larger one 2 years ago which shows the purple ink shooting out (CLICK HERE), but this SEA SLUG is much smaller and has little green “horns”. Here’s another quick vid taken in knee deep water near the Sanibel pier.

PS- Oh, and don’t mind that AHH-OOO-GAA noise at the end. One of my best buddies was calling me on my cell phone… that’s her ring tone. It makes me laugh every time! LOL

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Mar
29

Sea Hare Raising Experience

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever found a fossil SHARKS TOOTH at Bind Pass before….But my fossil-hunting buddy Susan (Sanibel) found one there! I think she can pluck out a fossil on any beach!

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 This was a pretty nice size TIGER SHARK TOOTH she found in the wrack line on the Sanibel side. Can you make out the serrated edge on the tooth on the pointed side?

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 Louise ad Debra (Maine) found lots of shell treasures including a really nice ALPHABET CONE…

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Another Shelling Sista Susan and her husband Gary (Maryland) found two big LIGHTNING WHELKS out on the sand bar.

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Congrats! These babies will clean right up with sharp pick and a little bleach.

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My fave find of the day was this sweet little baby KING’S CROWN…

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Oh wait! I take that back. This would be my favorite….We saw a SEA HARE at Blind Pass! It was a SEA HARE raising experience. heehee

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 I made a video for my post See A Sea Hare (check it out- you can see pictures of the ink squirting out) a while back but I wanted to show it to you again just in case you missed it.  Enjoy this funny little creature…

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Jun
13

Helping A Sanibel Nudibranch

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Nudibranch sea hare

The weekend started off a little slow for finding shells since the wind was coming in from the east. On Friday evening, we checked out the lighthouse beach and the first thing I saw was a SEA HARE (or also called a NUDIBRANCH) washed up on the beach caught in a line of sea grass. So I picked he/she (literally because they are hermaphrodites) up since I thought it was still alive to put it back in the water and held it for a few minutes submerged. It started to move its wings so I released and it swam away. Yippee!

Sanibel sea hare

I met a family on the beach…. they asked me “Where should we go to find some shells?”. They didn’t know what they were in for, did they? LOL They had no idea that Clark and I could talk for hours about shells. heehee

Sanibel from India

We had a nice time talking to Venkataratnam and Hansaveni from New Jersey along with her parents Pavani and Anupam who were visiting Sanibel for the first time …. from India! The shelling wasn’t fantastic since it was high tide and those darn east winds but we were happy to help them find a few WENTLTRAPS, a nice NUTMEG, SHARK’S EYE, 2 TURBANS, a LIMPET and a few more goodies.

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I saw a bird on the beach that I normally don’t see so I sent  my friend Bonnie this photo and she said, “That is a Black-crowned Night-Heron. He is a large-headed heron that rarely extends it’s neck. You usually see them at the water’s edge crouched down waiting quietly for a fish to go by. You got his picture with his neck extended so he was probably very aware of you or about to fly off.”

Black Crowned Night Heron on Beach

The winds changed a little from the west  so shelling was much better at Blind Pass this weekend but I still haven’t gotten those photos into my computer so I will post again ASAP. In the mean time, the shelling should be really good on the sand bars at Blind Pass this afternoon at a negative low tide of -0.4 around 5:30 pm.

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Only another day to enter into the drawing for some iLoveShelling gear! I am loooving all of your comments!

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Jun
01

See a Sea Hare (Video)

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Sea hare squirting ink

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So this is a SEA HARE. I mentioned a SEA SLUG when I did a posted “I Found A Nudibranch” on April 15 and a sea hare is a sea slug too. I’m not sure the difference…..but I do know that they are very cool to watch. When a sea hare wants to scare a predator, he emits that purple ink like he did in the first picture. I got a movie of this guy right after I took the picture of him squirting the ink. If you watch right in the beginning, you’ll see the end of the ink coming out….then he feels comfy and starts swimming on his merry way. Check it out!

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