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Cybershelling Sanibel Captiva

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Sea Life | 24 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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(PS- Awwwww… Seriously I’m so sorry I couldn’t make some of the dates requested. I really tried!)

 

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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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Hot Diggity Dog-Head Triton

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Sea Life | 8 comments

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I’ll be doggone- it’s a DOG HEAD! Gary from Kentucky found a perfect DOG-HEAD TRITON ( Ranularia cynocephalmm) on Sanibel Island about a half mile west of Gulfside City Park Beach this past week. Gary worked like a dog shelling every day last week to find some other great finds but his wife Kris was thrilled for him on this one… and I am too!

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This shell, my friends, is a very rare find for Sanibel.

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These shells are found in the Atlantic, Caribbean (we found them in Bahamas and Cuba) as well as Indo-Pacific areas where they are also known to be a fairly commonly find… but it’s not common in Southwest Florida.

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But then…. do you remember the first time I saw a FULGURATOR OLIVE wash up and I thought it may be a Wedding Shell? Well, it started a wonderful discussion about that beautiful brown olive shell and learned other people had found one too but didn’t know its identity. Now we know the FULGURATOR OLIVE is a Southwest Florida local species we can look for without thinking it’s a Wedding Shell (CLICK HERE for more on wedding shells).

Now I’m hoping someone else might recognize this shell as one found on one of the beaches in Southwest Florida. If you think you’ve found one in southwest Florida on the Gulf Of Mexico, take a photo of your shell and the date you remember finding it then post it to my Facebook page at iLoveShelling – www.facebook.com/iLoveShelling We’ll see if you are a lucky dog too!
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Gary and Kris have been shelling on Sanibel for 8 years and knew right away this was a special find so Gary took it to Dr Jose Leal at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum to get his opinion on the identification (I guess you could say “he went to see a man about a dog” haha). So Dr Leal gave him the A-OK that is was a legitimate find and asked to take photos of it since they only had one other DOG-HEAD TRITON specimen found in the area (which was very worn) so gracious Gary donated this amazing shell to the museum. Wow!

Shellzam to you Gary! You are definitely top dog this week!

PS- if you think you might need to see this shell again for identifying purposes at a later date…. you should dog-ear this page. just saying’ ;)
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iLoveShelling Seashell Adventure to Cayo Costa… On Video

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Sea Life | 19 comments

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The sun was shining, the sky blue, the Gulf Of Mexico calm and turquoise…. and the temperature was nice and cool without any humidity. The perfect day for our iLoveShelling Adventure to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises!

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I can’t even tell you how much fun it was to see so many happy shellers show up for our shelltastic adventure. Our group was so big we had to take 2 photos to get all these smiling faces in the picture. What an awesome boat!

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Now I’ve added to the giveaway merchandise for all of my iLoveShelling cruises to show you how grateful I am to get to meet so many amazing people. I’ve got iLoveShelling.com wrist bands now to add to the bumper stickers, shell lucky bucket shells and the generous $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress Jewelers . Shellzam!

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Check out our fabshellous day with our shelltastic shelling tour around the islands. Enjoy the video!

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Where in the world are we finding Seashells

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Sea Life | 20 comments

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So we’ve taken a little break from the huge Sanibel shell art project to go on another awesome shelling adventure.  Where in the world are Pam and Clark this time?

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We’ve been on a sailboat island hopping! I can’t wait to share the amazing scenic views, turtley awesome wildlife and of course the beautiful shells we’ve seen. Coming up soon will be a round of Shell ‘N Tell, where we went and info of the many beaches we’ve combed.

Until then…. ShellVoir! ;)

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