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Colorful Juvenile Milk Conch On Sanibel

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Milk Conch, Scotch Bonnet | 29 comments

jane with juvenile milk conch sanibel beach

As Jane and I walked all along West Gulf Drive after those cold (down to 37 degrees!) winds came through this past week, I heard her say “Whoa!” then bend down to pick up a shell. She found a JUVENILE MILK CONCH!

jane holding juvenile Strombus costatus

A MILK CONCH is very unusual to find here on Sanibel since it’s a caribbean shell.

jane juvenile milk conch

Look how colorful it still is!

jane juvenile milk conch aperture

If you remember, Beach Girl Robyn found an adult MILK CONCH along the same beach in September and I said the same…. “Unusual”. Maybe I should say it’s a “rare” find here instead. To find it here, it’s way more rare than finding a JUNONIA! In any case, this 5 inch shell a fantastic find.

5 inch juvenile milk conch sanibel florida

So then we keep walking and she’s about 5 paces ahead of me. I see her run and pick up something else in a hurry. She yells “Aha! A SCOTCH BONNET!”. What???

Strombus costatus and Semicassis granulata

Yes, my buddy Jane also found a perfect SCOTCH BONNET right in front of me. I felt like I was walking with Clark for goodness sakes! Heehee. No, really….we were both ecstatic.

Jane scotch bonnet

Note to self: Never let Jane walk in front of me while we are shelling together. Ha!

jane scotch bonnet aperture

 We also met SS Jenny (Shelling Sister) sifting through a sweet honey hole where she was finding oodles of FIGHTING CONCHS, WHELKS and OLIVES. She got out there before sunrise and used her iLS lighted cap she got for Christmas! Right after I took this picture she found two ALPHABET CONES in the same spot. Weehoo! She had no trouble finding the Sanibel Six many times over.

Jenny Iowa shelling sanibel

Congrats to Jane and Jenny on your seaside treasure trove!

 Sanibel shell beach

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Lucky Beach Girl Finds A Milk Conch And Sanibel Bobcat

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Bobcat, Jingle, Milk Conch, Sanibel | 14 comments

Robyn milk conch Sanibel

Finding a MILK CONCH on Sanibel is not an every day thing… but Robyn (Toronto) seemed to have luck on her side on her vacation on Sanibel last week because she found a pretty perfect one off West Gulf Drive near White Caps cottages.

Milk Conch on Sanibel

 It is rare that I hear about MILK CONCHS washing up on Sanibel since they are more common in southeast Florida and the Keys. On our trip to the Florida Keys in June, we saw lots of them. I think Hurricane Irene must have had something to do with stirring up those Caribbean waters to push it up here on the west coast of Florida, don’t you? What a find, Robyn! Congrats!

Milk Conch Aperture

Remember I told you she had luck on her side? Not only did she find this MILK CONCH, but she saw a BOBCAT just a few steps from her cottage to capture this magnificent animal through her camera lens. That’s rare too!

Bobcat on Sanibel

 As this lucky girl would have it, A MANATEE surfaced in the water right in front of us as we were standing on the beach looking at her seashell finds and an OSPREY swooped right over our heads. I wasn’t able to get a photo of the MANATEE or OSPREY but here are some of her other treasures…

Robyn Sanibel seashells

… and a few JINGLES and other goodies too.

jingles figs and moon

 I’m telling you…. this chick is like a coolness magnet. I think it all has to do with the magic of her beautiful seashell tattoo that says “Beach Girl” in Finnish.

Beach girl tattoo in Finnish

She told me she comes to Sanibel twice a year with her boyfriend Rick so I can not wait until next time to hear about what she finds!

Rick Robyn Sanibel milk conch



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