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Our Captiva Cruises boat pulled up to the shore of Cayo Costa at low tide around 1:30 yesterday …
Within minutes, Rachel (KS) found 4 LETTERED OLIVES, 2 FALSE ANGEL WINGS, and AUGER and the colors of the rainbow in JINGLE SHELLS.
Leanne (PA) strolled along the shore to find a true ANGEL WING and a few other goodies…
Ahhhhh. It was so good to get back to Cayo Costa!
I had the pleasure of meeting so many beautiful shellers while on the boat and walking the beach like sisters Beth and Barb (KY) who found SAND DOLLARS, WHELKS and OLIVES. Barb told me they have been hanging out with iLoveShelling.com since the very beginning… almost 4 years ago! She said she still has it bookmarked on her computer under my first blog name “My Shelling Blog”. Ha! I felt like I knew them already!
Patti and Tim (FL) were delightful! While Patti was shelling her heart out, Tim was photographing and videoing their whole day. What a good team!
Nancy and “Babe” looked like they were in heaven together all day. She was glowing! Then I found out why. Cameron had surprised her with the cruise for her birthday and she was thrilled. Happy Birthday Nancy! You guys are so stinkin adorable! (heehee his name is Cameron but I just kept hearing Nancy say “Good find, Babe!” …. “Oh! Come here, Babe!” so cute)
John (MA) started out his trip to SW Florida as a birder but found that looking for different species of shells was just as much fun as looking for different species of birds. Here’s John picking up his first BABY’S EAR…
Boating was so much fun to0 as we got to see a BALD EAGLE in a nest, OSPREYS catching their fish lunch from the water, DOLPHINS playing…
And seeing that the WHITE PELICANS are back on the islands…
When we arrived back on Captiva, we had a little Shell ‘N Tell so we could share some of our shells and finds. Sharon was a joy to meet !
She picked up WHITE CRESTED TELLIN on Cayo Costa. I only see these on Cayo Costa. I dont think Ive ever seen one on Sanibel.
I’m so happy I got to meet Jan (KY) since I think she must be an artist as well. Jan showed me one of her favorite finds which was covered in BARNACLES and other animal growth marks. I love that kind of stuff too!
Jerry found some really nice WHELKS on our trip but he told me also found a really large 10 inch empty WHELK at Blind Pass on Wednesday. He couldnt believe it because he thought he had stepped on a big rock in the water at low tide… then reached down and pulled up that huge LIGHTNING WHELK. WAHOO!
I was amazed at all the true ANGEL WINGS, FALSE ANGEL WINGS and even FALLEN ANGEL WINGS we found this time. Awesome!
The MANATEES even came over to send us off with well wishes…
It was a beautiful shelling cruise in paradise with a beautiful bunch of people.
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Before you go….
We have TWO Winners to announce for the Shelltastic SW FLorida Vacation Giveaway! I have to say- I am so grateful for Pointe Estero Beach Resort and Sealife By Congress to have been so generous with this giveaway to the shelling community. You both ROCK!
Drum Roll Please! …..
Our first winner for the Sealife By Congress stunning sterling silver Starfish Reef Pendant is………
The Grand Prize Winner for 4days/3 nights stay at Pointe Estero Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach is…..
Denise Stahl (AS, FL)!
Congratulations to you both! Sealife By Congress will be contacting you Kathie and Pointe Estero will contact you as well, Denise. So hold tight until you get your info! Thank you all for participating!
Last week’s Captiva Cruise during Shellabaloo turned in to paartay cruise! We had so many fun people aboard like Lily-Pink-Bikini-Susan (Cape Coral) who was thrilled to find her first SAND DOLLAR. Deana from New Jersey kept us in stitches on the boat but was an eagle eye on the beach finding shells. I met her last year at this same time after Hurricane Isaac and she had just found an ANGEL WING. Check out my post from last year from Labor Day weekend with Deana (CLICK HERE)- the shelling was incredible! Wanna guess what she found this year too? Yep! She found another ANGEL WING! What are the chances?
I had so much fun talking to Lisa from Atlanta and was so happy for her when she found an ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLAR… and a HORSE CONCH. The HORSE CONCH was a little beat up but she loves those big shells like I love my “yard shells”.
Woop! Woop! Christine (Ft Lauderdale) found a big whole HORSE CONCH while snorkeling in about waist deep water. It might look a little green and gunky right now, but I think this shell is gonna clean up to be a beautiful trophy!
Little cutie petutie Alex is holding a really nice LIGHTNING WHELK almost as big as she is! Her dad Jason (West Palm Beach, FL) asked me how to clean it up and I told him about my step by step tutorial – CLICK HERE. I think they will be surprised how well it will look once its cleaned. I asked him where they found it and he told me another gal on the cruise gave it to Alex. OMG How sweet!
The gal that gave away that beautiful shell is Sally. She said she was so happy with the ALPHABET CONE she found that she felt like she didn’t need the WHELK as well. Such a generous heart, Beautiful Sweet Sally…
Our voyage back to Captiva on the water was like looking at smooth blue glass. So picturesque…
…with a few DOLPHIN in our wake. Thanks to all of you awesome shellers for such an amazing day!
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It’s a special day for any beach comber to walk along the shore to uncover an ANGEL WING in the sand just waiting to be found. It’s feels like a sign of good things to come. In Southwest Florida, it’s very unlikely to find an ANGEL WING with both sides still together with that little connector piece called a MESOPLAX (an accessory plate connecting the two valves) still intact but I’ve been lucky enough to find this one.
It’s been on my mind to show you more about these special shells since I showed you this photo of Brenda’s ANGEL WINGS she found 2 weeks ago at Bunche Beach, remember?
She also found this cool little STRIATE PIDDOCK…
After seeing this unusual shell, I knew I wanted to find out more about the ANGEL WING family (Pholadidae -if your are the scientific type) and thought you might be interested too…yes, it’s the same family as the ANGEL WING! It has a MESOPLAX as well and she found them with it still in place…
Here are some of my ANGEL WING type shells together so you can see the difference between all of them. The ANGEL WING on the left is 4 inches. The STRIATE PIDDOCK is an inch and 1/4, the FALSE ANGEL WING is about the same size (1 and 1/4 inches). Then the MUD PIDDOCK is an inch and 3/4.
We have found these MUD PIDDOCKS on North Captiva and Cayo Costa but I dont think I’ve ever found a pair together so I only have the one side to show you. They look similar to an ANGEL WING but with a pointy top. BTW- Steve R reminded that these are commonly called FALLEN ANGEL WINGS. Don’t you wonder how “they” came up with “Fallen”? Is it because it looks like when this Angel Wing fell from the sky, it got smushed on the top corner? Hmmmmm. However it got it’s name, I like that much better than calling it a MUD PIDDOCK… so from now on, I’m referring to these with the much cuter name of “FALLEN ANGEL WING”.
Believe it or not, this next one is really called the FALSE ANGEL WING because it’s more closely related to the SUNRAY VENUS than the “true” ANGEL WING. Huh? This looks way more like the ‘TRUE’ ANGEL WING then that STRIATE PIDDOCK does! Oh well, even though its “FALSE” it’s still an ANGEL WING to me. Im sure you’ve seen these in posts after we go to Cayo Costa on our iLoveShelling Adventures. We have lots of them there!
Notice the interior of FALSE wings are very different from the TRUE wings…
So now you can see the difference between the ANGEL WING, FALLEN ANGEL WING and the FALSE ANGEL WING and the STRIATE PIDDOCK. Maybe we should just call the last one (striate piddock) a “WOOD WING” since they bore into wood? I vote for that! Anyway, arent they all beautiful in their own way? Okay, I have to confess- I’ve seen ANGEL WING written as one word and also two words… I’m going with 2 words- like it’s an Angel’s wing! Oh yeah, I’ve also seen it written “ANGLE” WING too heehee. Anyway, here are all four of them again to send you good luck as well.
Carly found her first JUNONIA! Carly is a friend who grew up on Sanibel, married a handsome boat Captain, just had her first baby (Oliver) and just found her first JUNONIA. It’s a fairy tale come true! LOL She found her treasure (the JUNONIA ) while fishing and shelling the out islands on her husband Jeremy’s boat. Congratshellations Carly!
Sara from Kentucky said “It’s a start, right?” when she found a JUNONIA cob at Blind Pass. I told her I thought it was a great find and this was the perfect one to make a piece of jewelry with…
It’s so funny because I haven’t been finding many of the bigger shells at all lately. Maybe my eyes have just been focusing on the minis because that’s all I’ve been seeing. I was just at Bunche Beach and didn’t see one ANGEL WING… and look at all of the ANGEL WINGS Brenda from Lehigh Acres found!
As I always say, the beaches change every day and also by the hour with the changing tides. That’s what keeps us hunting! Brenda not only found ANGEL WINGS, she found a different shell I haven’t seen (or noticed) before. She found several double STRIATE PIDDOCK shells…
These are in the same family as ANGEL WINGS but much smaller and… ummmmm… not as pretty. I was thrilled for her that she was excited to find something she had never found before. They are pretty fascinating (the shells AND Brenda!). The shell is almost paper thin at the “tail” (dorsal) but when the animal is alive, it is strong enough to bore through wood to do extensive damage to wood pilings or any submerged wood for that matter.
After I told her I had never seen one out of the wood either, I was tickled that she gave me one of the 5 that she found. She opened up her eyeglass case that kept them safe from getting crunched (great idea!), then handed me one of them. Thank you Brenda! Who “wood” get “bored” with stuff like this showing up on the beach? heehee
Tropical Storm Chantal may have fizzled out in the Caribbean thank goodness, but she sure has left Southwest Florida with rain, rain, rain. That’s made it difficult for our regular beach combing but we did sneak out to Blind Pass Sanibel in between rain storms this weekend where we found hundreds of double COQUINAS in every color of the rainbow. I love these little Butterflies!
It made me think of some cool COQUINAS I saw last month on Fort Myers Beach but never got a chance to show you. I saw a colony of live COQUINAS in a tidal pool totally hanging out of their shells. It was such a wild site! I’m not sure if they were feeding or breeding or what…
But I did get a video so you can see for yourself. It is such a unusual site … Butterfly Kisses!
We walked back down to the pass under the bridge to find Denise from Georgia holding an ANGEL WING she found in one of the shell piles there.
I was thrilled for her that she said it washed up right at her feet and it was still in one piece. She said she didn’t find bags of shells but finding this one made for a perfect day. So nice to meet you Denise!
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Cruising to Cayo Costa with a boatload of shellers makes me happy as a CLAM….or maybe even happier than a CLAM after seeing how calm and aqua blue the water was yesterday! We took the afternoon cruise to catch the nice low tide so we would have more areas to look for shells. It worked! Katie from Ohio was lucky enough to find this perfect CONCH the minute she stepped off the boat…
I soon realized that “luck” had nothing to do with it. She’s just a darn good sheller! Here she is with her sweet mom Jonna and all of the day’s treasures…
Leah, Clara and Jasper from Georgia loved being able to find shells wading through the gorgeous water…
Clara couldn’t wait to organize and look at all of her seashells. She found lots of OLIVES and COCKLES!
Jess hit a FALSE ANGEL WING honey hole! She was wading in the water scooping, scooping, scooping until she scooped up a perfectly paired set. She figured if there was one, there might be more.
She was not giving up on finding just one. Her persistence paid off… She found a handful!
Jake knows how happy shelling makes his mom Genine (Naples, FL) so he told me he wanted to come with her on the iLoveShelling cruise because he always wants his mom to be happy. What a wonderful son you have, Genine!
So while Genine was collecting these shells…
Although Jake’s not much of a sheller, he found some enjoyment too…
I was thrilled to meet “Loree from Ohio”! She made the trip to Sanibel last year after recovering from a long health battle… only to run into Tropical Storm Debbie the only days they were here. Well, she was able to make it back this week in good health with her husband Roy to enjoy this unbelievably beautiful weather on our cruise to Cayo Costa.
And she found lots of shells too!
Did you spot that shellacious WORM SHELL in the last photo? It’s so long but the cool thing is the tip is perfect. Here’s a better photo of it with us in our Shelling Sistah shirts…
Taylor and her family have been shelling all over the world. They told me they went to Thailand too last year and told me about some of the shells and sea life they have found in the British Virgin Islands as well. As I always say… a shelling family is a happy family.
On this cruise they found an assortment of shells, SAND DOLLARS and a few pieces of CORAL as well.
Emily, Chris, Izzy, Robert, and Christa found a great spot on the boat for the view.
Thanks Captains Keith and Kelly for such a great day for seeing DOLPHINS and spotting SEA TURTLES too.
We got back to McCarthy’s Marina to see four MANATEES hanging out.
We had a few people stay for a “Shell ‘N Tell” so we could all share our shell finds and stories after the cruise. Loree realized she had a hitchhiker on one of her COCKLE shells. A baby live STARFISH! After realizing it was still alive, Roy took it back to the water by the dock.
Then Jasper showed us another hitchhiker… A tiny baby CRAB was inside one of their COCKLES too! The CRAB and STARFISH were both so small there’s no way anybody could have seen them if they were inside on of their other shells. So Jasper walked it down to the water as well to set it free. It’s good thing we got our shells back out while being so close to the water.
It was such a fun day in the warm sun collecting shells, sharing stories and catching glimpses of magical sealife. Thank you to all on the boat for making it such special day!
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