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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Abshellute Shellmania!

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Sea Life | 23 comments

I was at Blind Pass Captiva to witness three JUNONIAS being found after we had a nice storm from the gulf last week. It was shellmania at its best!

Jo was a little too shy to have her photo taken but this was first one she found… Yup! I said FIRST one.

She found TWO!

Barbara found a JUNONIA too! Can you believe all of her other shellmazing finds too??

Sisters Cathy and Linda found some crazy shelltastic finds.

Here are just a few gorgeous specimens…

Wanna peek inside one of the bags? Me too! So I clicked a photo of the inside of Cathy’s shell bag. Oh My!

Julia and Ashlee were on top of the huge shell mound just raking it in…

I couldnt believe the TULIPS…

And the GAUDY NATICAS…

And NUTMEGS…

The shells came in so quickly and the pile got so shellnormous, everybody started digging to find treasure after treasure.

See the waves crashing over the top of the huge shell pile? The shells just kept rolling in with every wave.

This SCOTCH BONNET was probably the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time. Honestly, it was like shellphoria!

Ooooo and the ALPHIES…

But wait…. this may be the most spectacsheller shell find last week. Heather found not just a LION’S PAW, but she found…. wait for it…. a HAIRY TRITON. And the HAIRY TRITON had hair!

The HAIRY TRITON is more rare than the JUNONIA so I am soooo thrilled for her. Congratshellations Heather!

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Just so you know, a huge shell pile with JUNONIAS, SCOTCH BONNETS and big LIGHTNING WHELKS  doesn’t happen very often but when it does we all shellebrate. This happened last weekend and it was SO MUCH FUN and all of us are so thankful we got experience it. Later in the week the wind shifted so lots of the shells got swept away…. but now the wind has picked up and shifted again. Yay! Maybe we’ll have another round of shellmania soon but who knows… it’s Mother Nature. She likes to keep us guessing!

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She Saw Seashells at Sunset Down By the Sanibel Lighthouse

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Sea Life | 17 comments

Evening walks on the beach by the Sanibel Lighthouse have been so lovely this week…. or should I say “shellovely” since beachcombing has been so much fun finding a few shells here and there too. ;)

Carlos and Stephanie actually found more than just a few… Wow! It really didn’t look like there were that many big shells on the beach but they have exceptional sheller’s eyes. They both said they had a blast working at getting that keen shelling focus in tune.

Marjorie found two pretty spectacsheller double SPINY JEWELBOXES completely empty with gorgeous colorful insides. Look at those amazing spines.


I was shelling too (of course…. duh. heehee) but mostly I was taking in some much needed beach therapy. I haven’t been able to take advantage of my long beach combing walks much this winter because of one reason or another. Real life happens even in paradise but to be able to see this makes me able to breathe again. I hope you can see those cute little tiny BUBBLE shells and a sweet little WHELK in this next photo set off with colorful puffy clouds and it makes you breathe a bit easier too. They are truly miracle workers.

Sheeesh and then the sun setting over the Sanibel pier…. be still my heart.

Ahhhhh and the perfect ending to a beautiful evening….

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Easter Boating with Super Sheller Clark

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Sea Life | 11 comments

Happy Easter every bunny! 

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Cybershelling Sanibel Captiva

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Sea Life | 25 comments

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It’s time for CYBERSHELLING, y’all! What have I been thinking? So to make it up to ya, click on the next picture so you can see some of my shell finds this morning off West Gulf drive beaches. You know I looooove to arrange shells, right?  So I had a cute little display of all my finds from my morning walk all arranged just perfectly so you could see each one and the pretty colors together…. then a wave came up and crashed the whole thing. Hmmmmm…. I think Mother Nature was telling me something. Yep, She reminded me she is the best display artist of all time. She knew this would be way prettier than anything I could arrange so I left it just the way she wanted for my photo. It’s been months and months since I’ve posted a cybershelling photo for y’all to view in full up close and personal. So go ahead and click away to see some of my beach combing finds.

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Earlier this week, I took a crazy kayaking adventure with some of my friends to watch the full moon set over Captiva island….

Then we turned around to witness an amazing sun rise over Pine Island Sound.

We found a few empty LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS and a ROSE PETAL TELLIN. It was a glorious morning on the water.

Meanwhile, at Bind Pass Captiva the shell mound kept piling up shells for the pickin’.

Each and every time I walk the beach or get on the water, I witness something beautiful. To finish my day on the beach today… a SPOTTED EAGLE RAY.

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Seashells Found Around The World

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Sea Life | 19 comments

“After 38 years of searching I ended 2016 with this. It rolled up in front of me at Mitchell’s on West Gulf. A good omen for the new year” said Sue B. on iLoveShelling Facebook page. I couldn’t have been happier to see this photo of Sue and her JUNONIA on Sanibel she posted. I met Sue and her lovely family years ago on the beach and always feel such a connection. Shellzam! ;)

Then I kept scrolling to see other posts and got the same feeling when I saw Diane S and her HORSE CONCH “Yahoo! Number 2 on my Bucket List was checked off today!”. I’m sure this was found in SW Florida, right Diane? Conchratulations!

Then I saw posts of shell finds from around the world. Cool! Mane J. said “My new year gifts from Thailand , I didn’t expect to get special shells as I get most the same every time but !! never thought I could get them both together , love it !!”. SPIDER CONCHS!

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“Found this beauty on 90 mile beach Victoria, Australia” said Anna S..  Oh My! That looks like a SOWERBY’S VOLUTE? Shelltastic!

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Then Michele B. said ” Exumas, Bahamas…”.  I just love the Caribbean and to see other finds around the world.

Back on Captiva Island, Florida …. I scheduled a Shell Love Bug outing at Captiva Cruises so I got to meet folks coming from their shelling trip from Cayo Costa. I’m so happy I did! They were thrilled to see the shell car and fun for Shell Love Bug and I to see their shell finds. (See Shell Love Bug schedule HERE)

It’s gonna be a wonderful new year especially seeing such amazing shell finds from beachcombers around the world.

It’s a brand new year.

 

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A Week Of Shell Wonder

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Sea Life | 12 comments

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It’s like seeing old friends again… ooooh those mini shells make my heart pitter patter. Sanibel Lighthouse Beach had a sweet little wrack line filled with BUBBLE SHELLS, WENTLETRAPS, juvie CONCHS and all sort of fun stuff at low tide this week. Actually, every beach I went to had such a different variety. Island Inn‘s beach was filled with all sorts of different shells but the butterfly COQUINAS and KITTENS PAWS struck my fancy in the surf line.

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I also went to Blind Pass to see the shells piling up at the water’s edge.

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I found more than just minis under the Blind Pass bridge at the really low tide … score!

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I met a sheller just under the bridge who found a huge ALPHABET CONE… congrats!

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On the Captiva side of Blind Pass the shells started piling up there too… mostly KITTENS PAWS but who doesn’t love KITTENS PAWS?

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I love to visit different beaches throughout one week of nice low tides because… ya never know whatcha gonna find. I even went kayaking out to the mud flats on the back side of Captiva with some girlfriends to see what we could find… ROSE PETAL TELLINS!

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It was an amazing week going from sloshing around on the tidal mud flats finding LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS, TULIPS and  ROSE PETAL TELLINS to leisurely walking the beaches of Captiva and Sanibel around Blind Pass and around the tip of Lighthouse beach finding beautiful treasures and my fave finds of the teeny tiny WENTLTETRAPS.

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Such a good week of shelling…. Oh and omigosh, the WHITE PELICANS. The beauty of the the WHITE PELICANS.

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