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Jul
27

Wildlife Week On Sanibel

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Pink, blue, purple, yellow, red and orange Coquinas

It’s wild how many colors and patterns of COQUINA shells my friend Celeste and I found last week on Sanibel.

coquina butterfly shell

Combing the beach to look for beautiful treasures is the best place in the world to catch up with a dear friend like Celeste- especially finding COQUINAS as colorful as she is.

Celeste on Sanibel beach

Oh yes, she is very colorful, wild and very talented. She was one of my first friends I met when we moved to Sanibel and she has kept me laughing ever since. She makes clay art that is as colorful as any COQUINA and she makes sealife for most of her pieces. I just have to show off one of her pieces to you… it has SEAHORSES, FISH, OCTOPUSES and even STINGRAYS.  You can see some of her other sealife inspired pieces at ABohemeLife.com .

Celeste art piece Fort Myers A Boheme Life

There was a lot of other wildlife happening on Sanibel this past week (other than hanging out with Celeste- heehee). DOLPHINS were racing up and down near the Sanibel pier.

Sanibel Dolphin pair

I also had another dear friend and wild woman in town… Lizbeth. All in one day on Sanibel, she and her family witnessed SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) count LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE  nest eggs (photo by Lizbeth)…

Sccf volunteers count sea turtle eggs

And… They they witnessed a rescued of two baby LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLES (photo by Lizbeth)…

Sanibel baby loggerhead sea turtles

And then…  she and her sister saw a BOBCAT cross a beach path (photo by Lizbeth) …

Sanibel Bobcat crossing a beach path

Then they saw a mother LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE laying eggs on the beach… and I got to see this one too! This photo is very dark and slightly pink because you can only have a red filtered light on the beach in SEA TURTLE nesting season (May through September) on Sanibel. We wanted to be very careful and respectful  while in the presence of this incredible creature in a moment like this. It’s a memory I will never forget. So cool!

Loggerhead sea turtle laying eggs on Sanibel beach

During daylight hours, SCCF marked the nest and reminded us of the full circle of SEA TURTLE EGGS of the weeks events.
Sanibel Loggerhead Sea turtle nest

Then the rain started. It has been raining and raining for days and it’s hardly stopped. I should record the crickets, frogs and croaking alligators that are loving it. My back yard is filled with water so our yard shells look like they’ve gone back to the ocean… covered with water. It’s actually a beautiful sight with everything so green and lush with the symphony of nature in the background. It’s been a wild week.

Sanibel horse conch in the rain

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Jun
11

Spectacle Of Spectral Bittersweets

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Spectral Bittersweet Glycymeris spectralis

My mind is blown by how many spectacsheller SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS cover the beach on Jupiter Island, Florida.

seashells on Jupiter Beach Florida

This is a “Throw Back Thursday” since I never posted this trip my good friend Diane and I took from Sanibel over to the east coast of Florida in January to visit some other girlfriends- Girls Getaway! We couldn’t stay for very long so we packed in everything we could… including an hour on the beach for shelling. Of course.

Pam and Diane with seashells in Jupiter Florida shelling

We hit the mother load of SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS at Blowing Rocks Preserve which has beautiful rock formations exposed from ocean currents depositing drifting sea shells and sand to form an underwater bar of COQUINA LIMESTONE about 125,000 years ago. This is the largest rock formation of the Anastasia Formation from St Augustine to southern Palm Beach County.

Spectral bittersweet shells Blowing Rock Jupiter Florida

We mostly found the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS around the rocks but I did find a big ol’ LIONS PAW frag too (which I kept- heehee).

lions paw shell fragment

Along with the gorgeous view, the excellent company and a beautiful day, I found so many treasures on the beach to remember this quick girls getaway trip forever.

Sea shells found Jupiter Florida beach at Blowing Rock Hole

PS- Just so you can see the difference between the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEET (left- we’ve only found 2 on Sanibel that I can recall), the COMB BITTERSWEET (we find lots of them on Cayo Costa and Big Hickory) and the GIANT BITTERSWEET (on the right and one of my faves in SW Florida)… here’s the 3 BITTERSWEETS lined up together.

Difference in spectral, comb, giant bittersweet mollusk shell

Join us for an iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure! For more info CLICK HERE

pam rambo shelling trips

 

PS- And we visited a SEA TURTLE rehabilitation center too- so cool…

sea turtle rehab jupiter florida

May
10

Sanibel Island Mothers

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Wild adult bobcat kitten with mother on Sanibel Island, Florida

Happy Mothers Day to you and to all of the island moms that make Sanibel so special… like this BOBCAT mamma and her three BOBCAT KITTENS I was honored to see and photograph.

Sanibel Bobcat with 3 kittens in Florida  backyard

It was such a thrill to witness (through a screened window) this special moment  while she taught her kittens how to navigate the island. To read the whole story CLICK HERE

Wild Bobcat teaching 3 kittens on Sanibel Island Florida

This was the quick video of them I took while shaking with excitement… YouTube Preview Image

Oh and I have another video of a mother and her babies… An OCTOPUS with her babies hatching! For the whole story CLICK HERE  YouTube Preview Image

To honor another mother, please remember that we are now in SEA TURTLE nesting season May through October.

Female Sea Turtle fun fact

By following these simple guidelines, you can do your part to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures:

  • Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most beachfront lighting issues can be addressed by turning off all unnecessary lights, repositioning or modifying light fixtures, or closing blinds and drapes.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. Items left on the beach including beach furniture, toys and trash may provide barriers to nesting or result in entanglement and predation of hatchlings.
  • Level all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. These are fine during the day but may pose additional hazards at night. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
  • Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
  • Honor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!pam and her mom

 

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