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First Book Signing for Pam’s Guide To Speaking Shellanguage

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Guide to Speaking Shellanguage, Seashells | 22 comments

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What’s the best way to shellebrate National Seashell Day on June 21, 2017?

By going to the nearest beach in the morning then heading to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum from 12:30 to 1:30! I’m doing my first book signing of my silly little brand new shell book called “Pam Rambo’s Guide To Speaking Shellanguage” on the biggest day of the year dedicated to the shelling community at the best seashell place on the planet – the Shell Museum.

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Oh wait… You can’t be at the Shell Museum on National Seashell Day? Then I have some ideas for you…. Have your own shelluau party! Sort your shells and shelldazzle your dinner table. Decorate your front porch in fabshellous shell baskets. Invite your friends over for a shellebration! Make shell crafts. Make seashell jewelry. Take a bunch of shellfies and post them to facebook ans tag iLoveShelling facebook page– I’d love to see them. Any sort of shellnanigans will do!

And the best idea yet … Order my shellarious “Shellanguage” book for $12.99 as a gift for your favorite sheller from the Shell Museum before June 21 and I will autograph it for you at the book signing then it can be shipped to any U.S. address for $3 (plus tax outside Florida). Shellzam! You can call the Shell Museum at 239-395-2233 and tell them you’d like to buy a book from the gift shop.

Abrashelldabra! You’ll have an autographed book coming to you soon. :)

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OMG… oh yea… and then this happened this week. I can’t believe it’s a best seller!

So don’t forget to share the shellove next week!

 

Pam Rambo's Guide to Speaking Shellanguage
Pam Rambo’…
The official guide …
By Pam Rambo
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Speaking Shellanguage for Scotch Bonnet, Junonia and Rock Snails

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Guide to Speaking Shellanguage, National Seashell Day, Pam Rambo, Rock snail egg case, Rocksnail, Sanibel, Seashells, Shell Book | 9 comments

Boom Shellalaka! Shelby found a SCOTCH BONNET on Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach.

It’s abshellutely gorgeous. (Her name should be spelled Shellby! heehee)

After 5 days of a non-stop rain storm, there were lots of shells rolling in with every tide in this little stretch of the beach. (You can see the Sanibel causeway in the background)

Debi (she’s now a volunteer Shell Museum shell ambassador :) ) along with her friends Eden, Wendy and Ansley found an   unbelievable, very rare piece of beach bling.

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They said they found something they couldn’t identify then showed me this spectacsheller beach find. I took one look then my jaw dropped … Holy Cowrie! It was the most brilliantly colored MOLLUSK EGG CASE cluster I’ve ever seen. It’s the first time I had seen this particular egg so it puzzled me but I kept thinking it’s got to be in the MUREX family. Maybe a CABRITS MUREX? It was no longer viable being washed up on the beach so I encouraged them to take it to the Shell Museum for Dr Leal to identify. They did!

This is a colony of ROCK SNAIL (Stramonita floridana) EGG CASES attached to a PEN SHELL.  Dr Leal has never seen such a large group of these eggs before so he was thrilled to have it in the museum collection. This photo is not filtered or touched up or any coloring added to it…. it was truly soooo amazingly colorful. Look at those purples…

Can you see the turquoise color in the egg cases in this one? It looks like paint brush bristles dipped in my favorite paint colors! Its a shelleidoscope of colors!

On Big Hickory beach, Diane found a JUNONIA! Congrats Diane…. Shellzam!

Okay yall, if you missed it…. I have exciting news. I’ve published a book! It’s hot of the press and Ive just gotten it into some of the local stores retailing for $12.99 at  Congress Jewelers, Suncatcher’s DreamMacIntosh Books, Captiva Cruises, Pelican’s Roost, our Sanibel CVS and in the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

More fabshellous news… I’m doing a book signing on National Seashell Day at the Shell Museum on June 21 from 12:30 to 1:30.

Come hang out with us!

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Wanna see a preview? Or buy a copy online? CLICK HERE

Pam Rambo's Guide to Speaking Shellanguage
Pam Rambo’…
The official guide …
By Pam Rambo
Photo book
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Practicing The Sanibel Stoop On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Baby's Ear, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, King's Crown, Shell Love Bug | 11 comments

Every single time I step on the beach of Cayo costa… its different. Its truly fascinating to see it change so drastically and which part of the beach the shells pile up.  The last few months, we had to walk down to the right to find the shells washed up and before that we found them to the left. This time as soon as we stepped on the beach on our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises, we saw loads of shells right in front of us.

Its so much fun to see the different shells everybody finds.

Lots of Sanibel Stoops … Or Cayo Conch Crouch? heehee

There’s enough for everybody!

SUNRAY VENUS, ANGEL WINGS, JEWELBOXES, CONCHS, SHARKS EYES…

And SAND DOLLARS

Such fun times!

Even a surprising live KINGS CROWN! (Of course safely put back in the water)

Yahoo! Fabshellous LIGHTNING WHELK totally empty.

Good to see Brin and her amazing shelling family again.

She’s an amazing artist so she has such a great eye for beautiful shells with different color patterns. Thank you Brin ;)

Such fun to hang out with so many amazing shellers.

Check out this spectacsheller assortment Will found… BUTTON SHELLS to BABYS EARS and lots in between.

 

I had a surprise for everyone too! Shell Love Bug made a special appearance at Captiva Cruises so everybody on our shelling boat could see her. Fun! For Easter week, Shell Love Bug is now at the airport in Fort Myers until April 18 – hope ya get to see her and find your favorite shell.

Hey hey- I have new dates for summer iLoveShelling cruises! Hope I get to see y’all-  Check them out …

PS- I’m really sorry I couldn’t work in all requested dates :(

 

 

 

 

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Shellavanting The Beaches

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Button, Junonia, Millipede Starfish, Pen Shell, Shell Love Bug, Starfish | 14 comments

I heart finding the mini shells! I’ve been enjoying short little walks (mostly at Gulfside City Park) on the beach this week to strengthen my sprained ankle so searching for miniature seashells is abshellutely perfect exercise.

Autumn showed me this sweet FLAT SCALLOP (ZIGZAG) she found a little further west but when she showed me her shell, I couldn’t help but be drawn to her nails too. Cute nail polish, Autumn! ;)

Since I’ve had my bum ankle, it’s been the perfect time to run around in Shell Love Bug! My good friend Diane and I took it to the Marco Island Shell Show.

The Marco Shell Club is awesome!

I met big time shellers Jack and Ella (Marco, FL) a few weeks earlier at the Sanibel Shell Festival then I got to see them again at the Marco Shell Show too. It was so much fun to see them again…. then omigosh… the next day they found a JUNONIA!

It was completely covered in barnacles but they knew right away what they had. They cleaned it up to uncover this stunning specimen. Boom Shellalaka! Way to go!

Then I took Shell Love Bug to Blind Pass where I saw so many fun shellers like Pat, Curt, Char, Dave and Colleen

Michelle (Fort Myers) showed me this little shell she found. Hmmmm… it sorta looks like a BUTTON SHELL.

So here’s our “normal” BUTTON SHELL (Modulus modulus) we find here in SW Florida…

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And now look below at the one Michelle found. Different, right? Kinda looks like one found in the Caribbean but I researched it in my Shellibrary but I still didn’t find an exact match. This is the closest thing I came to finding… http://www.idscaro.net/sci/01_coll/plates/gastro/pl_modulidae_1.htm

Here’s the aperture. Can anybody out there identify it? MurexKen? SusanH? Y’all think its a WEDDING SHELL?

So it’s been a fun week shellavanting around on the beach and with the bug. Maybe just as much fun as these MILLIPEDE SEA STARS were having while doing their Locust yoga poses.

I’m working on setting dates for my shelling cruises for this summer since I only have the scheduled until May so far. I’ll post those new dates ASAP but until then…

PS- I know my pages here on my blog are a little messed up if you are looking at my posts on a mobile device or tablet. My Seashells Identification button, Beach Bling Identification button disappeared- Ugh!  I’m trying to fix all that so please bear with me? So just in case you were looking for the pages to identify your seashells or beach bling….

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A Shelltastic Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Thanksgiving, Turkey Wing | 11 comments

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Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving from the beaches of Sanibel Island. I’m very thankful today I can share the love of shelling with YOU!

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Turkey Wing anybody?

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Big Time with Big Fabshellous Bunch

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Albino Shells, Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fossil, Shark's Teeth, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 5 comments

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Big time fun at Big Hickory Island with this big bunch of fabshellous folks!

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Our boat with Sight Sea-R Cruises took us to this amazing island with clear blue water, lots of sunshine…

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And seashells to find on the beach.

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And treasures to find in the water.

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I’m a little delayed in posting, but this was last week on Halloween day. Cutie trick or treaters found lots of seashell treats.

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That’s an amazing ALBINO LACE MUREX along side those 2 FLORIDA CONES, huge BABYS EAR and sweet striped SUNRAY VENUS. Fantastic finds!

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I couldn’t believe I even found a fossil SHARK’S TOOTH.

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Every time I’m on this cruise, I’m thrilled to meet and see shellers find such exquisite gems. I look so forward to these trips!

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Did ya see the awesome post about this shelling cruise written by Robin Draper of Authentic Florida? Her Authentic Florida blog is devoted to giving us the best info on everything cool thing in Florida and I’m honored she came on this boating trip with us. Check out her article… http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/where-to-go/find-florida-shells-with-a-shellebrity/

And check out her blog…

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Thank you Robin for all you do give us a peek at all the hidden gems of Florida. And you’re so dang cute and fun!

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