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I Spied An Ark On Sanibel

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Ark, Beach Art, Cut Ribbed Ark, Lineate Dove Snail, Mossy Ark, Ponderous Ark, Transverse Ark, Turkey Wing | 15 comments

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I spied thousands of ARKS at Gulfside City Park on Sanibel Island this morning. Most days you can find TRANSVERSE ARKS scattered along the beach since they are one of the most common shells on Sanibel.

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There are a few different species of ARKS so let me show you the difference. Top row left to right-  a MOSSY ARK and a TURKEY WING. Bottom row left to right- CUT-RIBBED ARK, TRANSVERSE ARK and a PONDEROUS ARK.

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It’s a little easier to identify bivalves and see the difference (and the likeness) between them by looking at the interior of the shell. 

interior ark shells

I only had a few minutes to walk the beach today so I just wanted to look for minis in some of the wrack lines I pointed out the other day in my Shelling 101 video. I found TUSK SHELLS (there were thousands of those too), a KEYHOLE LIMPET, WENTLETRAPS, CERITHS, AUGERS, a TURRID, juvie CONCHS, juvie OLIVE, and a piece of CORAL.

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I also found a somewhat beat up LINEATE DOVE SNAIL.

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If you need any help identifying any of these shells, check out my Seashells Identification Page

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As I walked this morning, I couldn’t help but notice this amazing village sand sculpture on the beach- with its own arena and swimming pool. I was inspired to write about ARK SHELLS because so many artists like to use these sweet little white shells as embellishments for their pieces of art- just like this beach artist did. ARKS are perfect decorations for so many projects. Inspiring!

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Shell Mound Excavation

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Ark, Blind Pass, Captiva, Cut Ribbed Ark, Junonia | 12 comments

Seashell Excavation

Seashell Excavation

Shells were rolling on the shore of Captiva Island all last week at Blind Pass. You can see the gradual changes in my photos since Wednesday and this is what the shell mound looked like yesterday afternoon. It looked like a archeological dig for Mayan ruins… or for dinosaur bones….. nope, they were digging to China for shellicious seashells.

Cheryl digging for shells

Cheryl digging for shells

Cheryl has been a sheller all her life and made her own “backhoe”. She is a fossil hunter so she knows how to dig deep to get the best specimens. Last Wednesday she found 8 CONES when the shells were rolling in!

Shell excavation on Captiva

Shell excavation at Blind Pass

Some people were doing the sit ‘n sift or the shelling shoe shuffle while others were digging with their shell backhoes.

Bruce Oregon Shell Club

Bruce (Oregon)

Bruce, a member of the Oregon Shell Club, was tickled with a piece of JUNONIA, COCKLES and CUT RIBBED ARK shells.

Bruce's Cut Ribbed Arc shell

Bruce's Cut Ribbed Ark shell

Emma From Canada junonia piece

Emma (Canada)

This is Emma with her piece of JUNONIA she had just found. Those JUNONIAS are teasing us! She and her mom Barb came all the way down to Sanibel/Captiva from Canada because they have been seeing pictures and reading about the fabulous shelling on our islands from….. YES! ….. This Blog! She really told me that! Thank you Barb, that’s such a compliment. I hope you and Emma will find a whole JUNONIA while you are here.

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Emma enjoying every view of Captiva

I am a day behind getting pictures to you because of the parade but I will post today’s photos of the every changing beach at Blind Pass and the shelling. The best shelling now is under the bridge of Blind Pass on the Captiva side. Stay Tuned!

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