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Jul
14

Coquina Butterfly Kisses

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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!

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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…

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But I did get a video so you can see for yourself. It is such a unusual site … Butterfly Kisses!

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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.

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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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Apr
19

Every Day Is A Gift

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Yes, I am a fanatic sheller and beachcomber… but some days I want to visit the sea to find calmness and peace.

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The beach reminds me that life’s treasures aren’t always obvious. At times I have to stop for a minute or two and focus on everything that is surrounding me. Then take another minute or two to refocus from the large obvious objects, to the smaller items that I may not have noticed.

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There is so much there and so much more to enjoy. That’s when I am happiest.

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 By the look on Kelly’s face, she found a little happiness too.

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Kelly (Colorado) picked up a TINTED CANTHARUS, WENTLETRAP and golden CHESTNUT TURBAN near Gulfside City Park.

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I don’t see the TINTED CANTHARUS often so here is a look at the aperture side of the shell…

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It also makes me so happy to find someone else that only collects one little shell to make them all warm and fuzzy (although we didnt need much help with getting warm… it was in the mid 80s. Nice!). I was happy to meet Susan from Naples…

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She was thrilled to find this beautiful little COQUINA. She told me she loves butterflies and showed me her butterfly notebook which matched her sweet little COQUINA. That’s all she needed to make her day of shelling complete. One COQUINA. Every day should be that simple.

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With all of the beautiful shells strung along the beach, Caryn from Michigan was quite amazed by the SPONGES, EGG CASINGS,  and even the BONES (leftover bait from the crab traps that fell out) that were scattered on the beach. Ah! Somebody else that loves that BEACH BLING like I do!

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And I met other beachcombers that found a few treasures but just as happy to be on the beach with the fresh air and sunshine. Here is Bernadette from Quebec City, Gertie from Arizona and Angela from Melbourne, FL (with the iLS shell ID card!)…

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Ahhhh. Yes. I found my not-so-obvious treasures in seeing the happy faces of others enjoying what Mother Nature does best… reminding us that every day is a gift.

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Apr
07

The Wonder Of Sanibel Beach Life

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After the rain stopped and the warm sunshine filled our weekend, the Sanibel Lighthouse beach was very popular for watching wonderful wildlife like this huge live HORSE CONCH Bijou is showing us in the first photo (with fresh sunscreen protecting that sweet little face!). Bill from Michigan found a different one moments later…

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Three young girls look like mermaids calling the dolphins to tell them secrets…mermaid dolphins iLS

 Bruce from Eugene, Oregon was crouching in the sand filling up his University of Oregon cup with hundreds of shells…

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Look at his collection of COQUINAS!

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Allison from NC found everything from WENTLETRAPS to LEOPARD CRAB shells but wanted to find a pair of ANGEL WINGS to give to friend but couldn’t find them.  So instead, she was collecting COQUINAS since they were like colorful wings.

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Not one minute after she told me about the ANGEL WINGS, I looked down to find a pair of tiny ANGEL WINGS practically at our feet. What are the chances! We placed the wings inside one of her double DOSINIAS to keep them in her bag for safe traveling until she got back to her room. Best Wishes Allison!

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Shelling worlds tend to come together and when they do, Sue and Ken tend to be there. Ken was busy collecting the miniature shells as well…

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He found lots of other shells but he showed me these WENTLETRAPS, a SHARP RIBBED DRILL and a GULF OYSTER DRILL. I realized I don’t have the GULF OYSTER DRILL on my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page! This week, I’m going to work on getting that up to date, my friends.

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You may not think the beach looks pretty in the next photo because it looks a little “dirty” at the surf line… but to me, that looks like a gold mine! That’s where all of the mini shells are hiding.

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 This is just a small assortment of what Clark found the beginning of the weekend. I haven’t had time to sort out our finds yet so I’ll try to get those posted soon too.

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 Just in case you were worried about what happened to those large live HORSE CONCHS…. after I took a photo of Bijou’s HORSE CONCH, she immediately walked it out in the water as far as she could and gently placed it back in the GULF OF MEXICO (without her mom Deanna having to tell her).

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And Bill did the same thing. From all of us, Thank you for being good stewards of the sea.

bill returns live horse conch

Oh, and…. Join us for our iLoveShelling shelling adventure to Cayo Costa Island next Saturday! Click on the next image for more info…

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