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Everything’s Coming Up Rose Petal Tellins in Big Hickory

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Beach Seed Pods, Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Dove Snail, Rose Tellin, Rusty Dove Shell, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat, Sparse, Sparse Dove | 8 comments

rose petal tellins alphabet cone and sharks eye beach finds

Julie (Colorado) must have put on her ROSE colored glasses to find so many ROSE PETAL TELLIN shells on our iLoveShelling Adventure on Sight Sea-R Cruises trip. And how ’bout those beautiful SHARKS EYES and ALPHABET CONE too?

julie colorado shell seeker

There were so many different shell and wrack lines to look through since the beach was so wide on Big Hickory Island. Margaret (NC) searched way up high on the beach to find a few treasured SEA PEARLS.

margaret nc sea pearl sea bean beach combing

sea pearl beach comber find

It was really cool to see Russ on our trip again because he always finds such interesting stuff.


Russ found 2 dove shells swfl

He found two little shells that aren’t so easily spotted. The one on the left is a RUSTY DOVE shell and the one on the right is a SPARSE DOVE. I don’t find the RUSTY DOVE all that much so I think thats a really cool find- exshellent!

rusty and sparse dove shell

Kathy and Mark found all sorts of cool treasures… 

Kathy Mark shelling cruise

I’d say this was a pretty awesome day to find that really yellow HORSE CONCH, huge SHARKS EYE, an ANGEL WING, FLORIDA CONE, ROSE TELLIN, perfect WHELKS, WORMIES (!) and if you could only see how beautiful that FIGHTING CONCH is with a spectacsheller purple interior.


Cutie Shellootie Isabela and her gramma Karen (Wisconsin) found all sorts of goodies too. 

isabela karen Wisconsin shellers

They both love all of the shells and beach bling too. I have a feeling there will be a really fun shell craft day in their future. Fun! Ohhhhh and especially withthat ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHER.

seashells and beach bling for artist

So many happy faces and cool shellers were out with us… like Debbie and Leah from St. Louis.


debbie leah sharks eye shell horse conch

Once that HORSE CONCH is cleaned up, it will be really fabshellous- it’s such a nice size. And talk about size… that SHARK’S EYE is huge.

horse conch and sharks eye

Talk about happy! I love this cuteness of Connie from Pine Island with that tiny little perfect SAND DOLLAR. That’s always something to be happy about.

Connie pine island sand dollar

Well, of course there’s WORM SHELLS to be happy about too! Diane wanted to find her first WORM SHELL… and she ended up finding way more than one and an ANGEL WING too. Gotta love those wormies.

Diane found worm shells georgia

There was so much to explore and it was fun sharing it with shellers like Kiva and Doug from Ponce Inlet, FL.

kiva doug ponce inlet shellers

We all found such a variety of different treasures.

fargo worm shell

I found a few treasures too! Look at these cutie sisters Diane and Marilyn in their i Love Shelling tees and bright shelling gear.

diane marilyn chicago i love shelling t shirts

Did you notice that these Kansas City gals Sheila Candace and Toni have their hands up? They are showing off their cutie OLIVE bracelets that Candace made them all for their shelling trip to Florida (CLICK HERE to see bracelet tutorial to make your own). So cute! Oh and do you remember Candace? She is the one who inspired me to find out about that TEXAS LONG HORN BRYOZOA and learn about that cool BEACH BLING.

Sheila Candace Toni shell bracelets and seashell collecting

Thank you Kathy and Charlie (PA) for the blast from the past and wearing your Sanibel Six tees. It was so fun to see y’all.

sanibel 6 tee shirts Kathy Charlie PA

I have to apologize to some folks since my iPhone camera got a little wacky- it fogged up. Dunno, but I still have to show you Cathy and Pete’s finds even though the pic isn’t great- Im so sorry!


cathy pete foggy shells

I know the photo isn’t great but the shells and bling were so beautiful, I’m sure you can still appreciate them (?).

shells from Big Hickory Island

Any way, it was a blast of a time out on the water boating to one of the out islands of SW Florida. Thanks for joining me, y’all!

Shelling trip to Sw Florida out islands

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Sunny Day Seashells On Sanibel

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Blind Pass Sanibel, Drill, Lighthouse, Sanibel, Sparse Dove, Tarpon Beach Sanibel | 37 comments

sanibel seashells and sun flowers

I have been looooving my long walks on the Sanibel beaches this week with warm, sunny days. Yesterday at the Lighthouse Beach, I enjoyed finding WENTLETRAPS and other sweet minis on the Gulf Of Mexico side instead of on the pier side where they used to be. 

miniature shells on seagrape leaf

 It feels so good to find the minis again. 

seashells at lighthouse beach sanibel

Jim from Buffalo, NY found four times the WENTLETRAPS I found but I was most jealous of this crazy big WENTLE. Wow! Thats a whopping wentle to wet your whistle!

large wentletrap sanibel jim

A few days ago I walked Blind Pass beach on the Sanibel side and met Deb from Minnesota…

deb minnesota visits sanibel shells

She had such a beautiful variety of shells she mostly found at the water’s edge. Very nice BANDED TULIPS, FIGHTING CONCHS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, SCALLOPS and of course that sweet candy in the middle- a juvie HORSE CONCH.

sanibel sea shells on blue

Lokks like I’ve got some catching you up to do because I got lost in time looking through all of those PEN SHELLS, BEACH BLING and researching those DOSINIAS earlier this week. I also went to Tarpon Beach a couple of days ago and found this big shell pile.

tarpon beach sanibel shells

Just a short walk from that big shell pile there are still nice low tide pools with fun stuff to explore too. This one is only about 50 yards in front of the entrance (on the left) to the public beach access.

tarpon beach tide pools

To show you how many shell and wrack lines there are at Tarpon Beach, I tried (its a little blurry- sorry!) to take a photo of me holding a WENTLETRAP in one of the high tide lines so you could see how far I was from that shell pile and the water. There are so many fun areas to search.

wrack and shells lines on sanibel

Every beach I’ve been to in the past few days, has been so much fun to explore. If I didn’t find the bigger shells like Deb, I started to search for my fave minis. But then… finding shells is just icing on the cake sometimes. Sometimes I just want to feel the sunshine on my skin and breath in the sea. So I hope you can CyberSink your toes on this sandy, shelly beach and enjoy the blue skies, sunshine and warm weather to enjoy it with me. Sending sunshine and cybershells.

captiva calm beach with sea shells

PS- I’m thrilled I’ve gotten some feedback and some of y’all are enjoying my “the differences between shells” posts. I have lots of different little minis in the top photos of my Lighthouse finds so until I can get to photographing the DRILLS and such, check out these posts … Similar Small Sanibel Seashells and… Seashells Open Your Eyes. That will help you identify most of these shells along with the SPARSE DOVE that’s in this post… I Spy Seashells And Beach BlingDont forget, you can always go to my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page… CLICK HERE.

shelling adventures trips by pam

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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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I Spy Seashells And Beach Bling

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Amber Glass Bubble, Antilles Glassy bubble, Blue Heron, Bruised Nassa, Bubble shell, Dark Cerith, Florida Lyonsia, Ibis, Mangrove Periwinkle, Marginella, Morton's Egg Cockle, Pitted Murex, Reddish Egret, Rice Olive, Rose Tellin, Snowy Egret, Sparse Dove, Wentletrap, West Indian False Cerith | 30 comments

sw florida miniatures seashells

Looking at this top picture you will see most of the shells I found last evening at Fort Myers’ Bunche Beach. Can you identify most of them? While you try to figure out each of the shells… Wanna go on a little CYBER SHELLING hunt for shells with me? All righty then let’s play a little “I Spy”! Don’t mind the “dirty” bling (a mix of peat and other good stuff that gives food to so many living organisms)… just look for some of those sweet little minis that we all love by clicking on the next image to enlarge…

cyber shelling miniatures Bunche Beach Ft Myers

This will give you an idea of how “big” those little gems are by looking at my handful of sweet somethings…

handful of small shells fort myers florida

As much fun as it was collecting minis, I was tickled pink when Clark showed me his fave find… A ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHER.

roseate spoonbill feather bunche beach FL

We didn’t see any ROSEATE SPOONBILL birds but we did see immature WHITE IBIS birds. Ibis juveniles are mostly brown but these guys have started molting out of their plumage becoming adults.

juvenile ibis bunche beach fort myers florida

Here are four immature WHITE IBISES hanging out with a SNOWY EGRET and a BLUE HERON.

birds of Sanibel Fort myers sw Florida

It was a bird lovers paradise last night. I even saw the dance of the REDDISH EGRET…

reddish egret bunche beach fort myers

Before it got dark, we stopped at Sanibel Lighthouse Beach just in time to catch a beautiful RAINBOW…

rainbow over sanibel water shellers

Samuel, Sheila, Gene, Freida (Cape Coral, FL) and their family in the photo above must have hit the pot of gold under the rainbow. They found all of these in the water…

sea shells lighthouse beach sanibel florida

I found another pot of gold under the rainbow when I met Bill, Jody, Brooke, Brandon, Laura Beth and Gramma Kaye. A golden family of shellers from Alabama.

family Sanibel Island beach with rainbow

 Okay, did y’all identify most of the shells in the top picture? Errrr….I have to confess, once I got going on my own I.D.s (and put my reader glasses on), I realized that some of these shells weren’t as obvious as I thought. There were a few that I had to look up… like the PAPER BUBBLE and TURRET. I failed my own test! hahaha I hope you do better than I did! I know the photo doesn’t show both sides of the shell, but if you know what #8 is by looking at this photo or you have a better idea if I misidentified anything, please let me know. Whoops! How embarrassing! LOL (blush, blush)

2.   Paper Bubble – an AMBER GLASSY BUBBLE
8.   Ummm. Why did I put that in there? I have no idea what it is. LOL Best guess?
10. Pitted Murex
11. Turret
12. Oh geez- I’m just going with baby whelk so cute!
16.  Fish Vertebra

Do you love shelling? Would you like to meet other shellers who love the beach and its treasures just as much as you do?  Do you want to learn more about shelling in Sanibel and the out island islands? Join us for Shellabaloo 3!

Island Inn Shellabaloo 3

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South Florida Balloons To Beach Bling

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Sparse Dove | 15 comments

common sanibel seashells

 A relaxing walk on the beach with Clark this evening at the lighthouse end of Sanibel was exactly what I needed this evening. I was happy just to find the most common of shells like KITTENS PAWS, ARKS, SCALLOPS, COCKLES, SLIPPERS, JEWEL BOXES, CROSS BARRED VENUS and COQUINAS.

common bivalve shells sanibel

The island is finally slowing down so I can finally get back to taking a quiet, casual stroll on the beach so I could look through the minis.

small sparse dove shell

 I found three SPARSE DOVE shells…

3 sparse dove seashells

 I even got a little giggle along the way after I found the funniest little half eaten pacifier washed up in the beach bling. I decided to keep it to add a little color in the odds and ends jar instead of throw it away.

pacifier on beach

 The lighthouse beach looked a little more eroded exposing large chunks of brick and concrete along side the those concrete slabs we’ve sent through the years. I’m going to do some research to hopefully find out where these aqua colored pieces came from. If you have any idea, please let us know!

sanibel light turquoise

 I needed a little peace and quiet this evening because I didn’t get much sleep last night. I had a very exciting early morning adventure starting at 4 am. Nope, not shelling. I went to the first annual Immokalee Hot Air Balloon Festival which started at 6am. It was awwwesooome! It was too windy for the balloons to launch but to see dozens of brilliant balloons bunched together on the ground in Southwest Florida was so thrilling. It was well worth that 4am wake up call. I can’t wait for next year!

immokalee hot air balloons

hot air balloons

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Sparse Dove Shell, A Little Sparse In My Seashell Collection

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Cerith, Dark Cerith, Sanibel, Sparse Dove, Turrid, West Indian False Cerith | 12 comments

Sparse Dove Shell

I think the east winds blew those PEN SHELLS I talked about tuesday back into the water so the beach was a little sparse yesterday. Speaking of sparse, a few weeks ago I found this SPARSE DOVE shell which is only 3/8 of an inch big. I’m gonna give myself a break by thinking it was a TAMPA TURRID since they both are so tiny. I could not even tell the difference between them until I put my cheater glasses on. How annoying!

Sparse dove shell aperture

I don’t even think I have many in my shell collection… or maybe I need to go through all of my TURRIDS to see if I’ve been mixing them all along. Here’s a tiny TAMPA TURRID (say that 3 times fast). See? I have a hard time even see solids and stripes any more- geez!

Tampa Turrid

I found another tiny shell the other day at Blind Pass which I thought was a DWARF CERITH but I just found out (MK) it’s a WEST INDIAN FALSE CERITH. I think I found the shell because I had just come back from Barefoot Beach looking for small black SHARK’S TEETH. I still had that shark’s teeth “eye” going on because I don’t see these jet black ones very often…

small cerith on finger tip

Here’s a better look…

Dwarf Cerith

small cerith aperture

In the next photo, you’ll see a common DARK CERITH that we find on our beaches every day. I think they are so common, I look right over them most of the time so this might be on my “Most common Sanibel shells” list when I make it, Susan H. I’m starting to narrow it down a bit.

Cerith seashells

PS- Okay, and I have to tell you that Clark (he’s gonna kill me for telling you this) has a nick name for TURRIDS… He calls them “turds”! LOL He’ll say “Hey, I found a turd!”. Boys will be boys hahaha…



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