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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

common shell sanibel florida

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.

ark shells sanibel

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.

common sanibel ark shells difference

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.

miniature shells sanibel gulf side city park

I also found a somewhat beat up LINEATE DOVE SNAIL.

Lineate dove snail sanibel

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

common shell sanibel florida

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!

sand castle village sanibel

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Early Bird Catches the Seashell Candy

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Alphabet Cone, Blind Pass, Conch, Cone, Flat Zigzag Scallop, Horse Conch, Scallop, Turkey Wing | 48 comments

katie seashells florida

There are lots of shells at Blind Pass Captiva! Actually I’ve heard there are shells all along Sanibel too at morning low tide but I’m so happy I went to Blind Pass because I met Katie from Kansas who found all of the gorgeous shells in the photo above. Look at that huge, shiny BANDED TULIP and huge TURKEY WING she is holding! Here she is with her dad Mark…

mark katie kansas

I saw Dave and Peg from Cincinnati…

dave peg sanibel seashells

who showed me their incredible shells. Okay, normally I would be whooping it up about that perfect ALPHABET CONE (which deserves a big whoop!) but I could not take my eyes off that orange… yes, orange… FLAT SCALLOP! I rarely see them wash up that color so it’s exceptional that it’s so perfect and that dang big too! Congratshellations you guys!

peg flat scallop alphabet cone

I went to some other beaches late in the afternoon to see if the shells were like this as well…

florida seashells beach

But the tide was so high that it had covered most of the shell piles. So it looks like if you want to find shells like this right now…

seashells on seashore

you have to be shelling at low tide in the mornings.

collecting seashells january fl

 The early bird catches the candy!

orange florida conch shell

PS- No, I never found that ALPHABET CONE I thought I saw in my last video. Darn! But it was fun trying.

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Seashell Show And Tell

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Alphabet Cone, Colorful Moon shell, Cone, Long-Spined Star Shell, Shellabaloo 1, Turkey Wing | 41 comments

seashell strewn beach

Now that you’ve met the members of the “Maiden Voyage” (cute name, Patty!) for the Shellebaloo on my last post, it’s time for a little seashell show and tell. I have 2 personal favorite shells found during our 3 days together (other than the LONG-SPINED STAR SHELL of course). The first shell is Carolyn’s absolutely perfect ALPHABET CONE…

carolyn alphabet cone

And the other one is Sara’s COLORFUL MOON shell. There was questions about it being called a GAUDY NATICA so I explained that I used to call it that too but since the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum calls it the COLORFUL MOON, I figured I should start trying to call it that. Any way, here’s Sara and her beautiful shell…

sara moon gaudy natica

Isn’t it beautiful? She told me this was her favorite find of the week. Good one!

sara's gaudy natica

I asked everybody else to get out their favorite shells to see which shells made them happiest so we gathered at the gazebo at our home base of the beautiful Island Inn to have a show and tell. Carolyn and Mike added a few to their faves along with her ALPHIE…

carolyn seashells sanibel

Amy showed me her teeny tiny juvie TURKEY WING…

amy turkey wing shell

Karen, Helen and Jackie chose an ALPHABET CONE, TOP SHELL, LACE MUREX (notice that sweet little pink nose) and a KING’S CROWN…

karen helen jackie

Sally and Jim collected a beautiful assortment of different shells to name a few like the green cap filled with TUSK SHELLS, a BRUISED NASA, TINTED CANTHARUS, WHITE MELAMPUS, COFFEE MELAMPUS, a SEA PEARL, a CLOUDY PERIWINKLE (inside the BUTTERCUP LUCINE), and a WENTLETRAP. Nice, huh?

sally jim periwinkle tusks tinted cantharus

Traci and Rob found the SANIBEL SIX

traci rob sanibel six

But when I asked Traci what her one favorite shell was, she told me it was definitely the double OYSTER…

double oyster traci

JoAnn and Sid’s favorites were the RIBBED CANTHARUS, COFFEE COFFEE BEAN TRIVIA and ANGEL WING…

joann sid angel wing trivia

Isn’t this fun seeing which shells make people happy? Well, this next one made me very happy and made me laugh out loud! Maureen laughed then told us that her favorite shells were speaking to her… maybe by aliens or through hieroglyphics on CROSS BARRED VENUS shells. LOL Now that’s a gal that has a great sense of humor!

maureen Hieroglyphic seashells

This is quite a seashell collection by Kathy and Bill for their favorites. Love, Love that WORMIE (WORM SHELL) and ALPHIE for sure! And I saw that piece of CORAL in her shell bag and “may” have influenced her to put that in her faves too. (oops! but I was so drawn to it! So pretty!). Of course I love the others too… NUTMEG, LACE MUREX, BANDED TULIP, BUBBLE, FIG, SEA PEARL and angel wing.

kathy bill seashells

Arabelle chose a BABY’S EAR, WHITE MELAMPUS and a SEA PEARL as her favorites. I am so tickled she found that BABY’S EAR!

arabelle seabean wt melampus baby

Last but not least was the awesome LONG-SPINED STAR SHELL Joe and Patty found along with some of their other faves… a PURPLISH TAGELUS, TUSK and a KING’S CROWN to name a few.

joe and patty long spined star shell

 I love how easy it was for everybody to pick through all of their shells to narrow it down to the ones that meant the most to them. Each person sees something different in each shell whether it is color, pattern, markings, size, shape or just the location of where they found it. They were all so happy with what they found!

sunrise beach combers

PS- Stay tuned because I have a surprise for you on my next post! We might have another get together soon!

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Thanksgiving With Buttercups And Turkey Wings

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in buttercup, Sanibel, Turkey Wing | 18 comments

 

Buttercups and turkey wings

This isn’t a Butterball turkey, they are BUTTERCUPS and TURKEY WINGS for a little seashell therapy for Thanksgiving. And what would Thanksgiving be without turkey…. wings, that is. TURKEY WINGS!

Turkey wings on aqua

All along Sanibel, I found TURKEY WINGS and BUTTERCUPS this past week so I got tickled that Mother Nature was keeping with the Thanksgiving theme. Coincidink? I think not.

Buttercup seashells on platter

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Turkey wings interior exterior

 

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Turkey Wings and Rice, a Cone and Candy

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Ark, Augers, Baby's Ear, Brown banded wentletrap, Duck Clam, Horse Conch, Rice Olive, Sanibel, Smooth Duck Clam, Turkey Wing, Turrid, Wentletrap | 18 comments

Tampa Turrid Turkey Wing shells

 Don’t get your taste buds all worked up about TURKEY, RICE or CANDY because I’m talking seashells, of course! We found lots of mini “morsels” at the lighthouse over the weekend including these two TURKEY WINGS  (the biggest one is only about an inch long) and two TAMPA TURRIDS in the photo above and RICE OLIVES and BABY’S EARS in this next photo.

rice olives babys ears seashells

Along with the usual ANGULATE WENTLETRAPS, I found a BROWN BANDED WENTLETRAP too….

brown banded wentletrap epitonia

…. And some AUGERS and little FIGHTING CONCHS.

Auger shells conch gastropods

 And to top it all off with some sweet candy, we found two HORSE CONCHS and baby ALPHABET CONE.

miniature horse conch cone

 I met William and Melissa (Jacksonville, FL) filling their shells bags with SCALLOP shells, CONCHS and some MUREXES.

William and Melissa Sanibel beach

I found out this was their first trip to Sanibel so I showed them how to find WENTLETRAPS too..

Melissas's Sanibel seashells

 I met another Shelling Sister Sanibel Stooper on the beach too…. this little cutie Lucy! She was having a ball with this COCKLE shell on the beach with her parents Jeff and Tammy.

Sanibel puppy stooper

 And look what I found again…. a SMOOTH DUCK CLAM. Maybe it isn’t that unusual (?)

Smooth duck clam on beach

Unfortunately, it’s so thin and fragile, it broke when I got it back to the house……oops!

broken smooth duck clam

There were so many SAILOR’S EARS, I bunched a few together and that’s when I saw the SMOOTH DUCK CLAM too.

Sailors ears

Sailors ears

Just a reminder- If you haven’t entered the  Susick Sea Shell Sifter Giveaway yet, CLICK HERE to win!

susick seashell sifter shelling scoop

 

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Full Moon With Two Low Tides For Shelling

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Channeled Duck Clam, Florida Cone, Olive, Sanibel, Turkey Wing | 23 comments

Seashells by Smitty

Seashells by Smitty

Smitty told me he found a few good shells like an ALPHABET CONE and then he said “I found a few CANDIES too”. It stopped me in my path. Did you say “Candies”? He sure did! He and his wife Marcia hang out with us here at iLoveShelling!

Full moon seashells

Smitty (GA) and his shells

Smitty and Marcia (sorry I missed you, Marcia!) have been visiting Sanibel to shell for 23 years and plan their trips around the moon and tides. He chose this week for not only the full moon but because there are also two low tides per day for optimal shelling. Notice in the photo above, the moon is practically sitting on his shoulder.

Smitty with shelling scoop

Smitty with shelling scoop

I had to show you this photo too because he uses the Seashell Sifter scoop to get his shells which Marcia gave him for his birthday. He told me a gal asked him “Is your name Clark?”. That was Barbara whom I met a little while earlier this evening and she thought he was Clark because she recognized the blue scoop that she sees Clark using in some of the blog pictures. Small world!

Shellers from New Jersey

Ray and Barbara (NJ)

Barbara and Ray did end up finding the right Clark (they hang out with us here at iLS too!) and they also found lots of good shells to brag about. I have to admit that I think that Barbara is the one that found the FLORIDA CONE but it ended up in Ray’s hand. hmmmm. 😉 As he told Clark “Possession is nine tenths of the law”. HA! They sound like us….just a little competitive, huh?

Hands of seashells

Ray's (left) and Barbara's hand full of seashells

After I took this photo, she found an ALPHABET CONE too…. Nice!

Alphabet cone with miniatures

Alphabet cone with minis

Clark found most of these shells (below) in the water although I added the OPERCULUM, the BLACK JINGLES, CHANNELED DUCK CLAMS (which I call Sailor’s Ears, do you?), the little candy TRUE TULIP and the “CANDY” (little orange HORSE CONCH).

Our seashells

Our seashells

Can you identifiy the rest of them? If not, go to the SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page to help. I do have to show you another TURKEY WING Clark found too. We mostly find these shells pretty beat up but this one is a beauty.

Large Turkey Wing

Clark's Turkey Wing

Look how small this TRUE TULIP is and it has a little white tip like the candies.

candy true tulip

Candy true tulip

live olive shell

Live olive shell

Whelk egg chain

Lightning Whelk egg chain in surf

Seashell seekers

Seashell seeker Clark

Moon at sunset

Sanibel Moon at sunset

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