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Apr
07

The Wonder Of Sanibel Beach Life

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bijou horse conch sanibel

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…

bill mi live horse conch florida

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…

bruce collects coquinas

Look at his collection of COQUINAS!

butterfly coquinas florida

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.

allison nc seashells sanibel

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!

safe angel wings

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…

ken collects shells sanibel

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.

gulf oyster drill wentltrap

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.

beach combers sanibel march

 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.

clark mini shells lh sanibel

 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).

bijou returns live shell sanibel

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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Feb
06

Similar Small Sanibel Seashells

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mauve mouth, gulf oyster drill, cantharus, pitted murex

Can you tell that these are four different shells? The difference between these seashells is very slight.

small shells Sanibel lighthouse

I found a few cutie little shells at the lighthouse that looked very similar but when I turned them over to look at the apertures to correctly identify them, I found little HERMIT CRABS in each one.

small seashell apertures hermit crabs

 After I took the pictures, I put the shells back in the water where I found them then got inspired to head home to sift through my collection of unsorted shells. I had so many of these smaller shells lumped together so it was time to make sure I had the right identity on each one. Okay, so let’s go back and look at the shells I found in my collection at home that were so similar (but not exactly the same kind I found on the beach)…

mauve mouth, gulf oyster drill, cantharus, pitted murex

From left to right… MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL, RIBBED CANTHARUS, GULF OYSTER DRILL and a PITTED MUREX.  Here are the apertures…

aperture mauve mouth drill cantharus murex

I showed the MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL (and it’s eggs) in my January 24 post …

mauve-mouth drills Calotrophon ostrearum

but now you can see how similar it is to the RIBBED CANTHARUS

Ribbed Cantharus shells

and the GULF OYSTER DRILL…

gulf oyster drills

 I’ve only showed a GULF OYSTER DRILL once before, which is strange because  they are somewhat common to find on Sanibel. So here’s a closeup…

Gulf Oyster Drill

gulf oyster drill aperture

 The PITTED MUREX is bit smaller (and not as common… for me any way) than the others but it’s still a bear to identify without “cheaters” on. And it is so similar too!

pitted murex

pitted murex aperture

So now we can sift through our collections and finally identify the differences between these four shells now that we can see them side by side. Uhhhh….. I hate to tell you this…. but…. unfortunately, there a few more that look similar to these as well. For instance, …like that photo of my palm with the HERMIT CRAB shells? That top shell more to the left of the photo…. that’s a juvie APPLE MUREX! Doesn’t it look like the rest of the shells? And the shell on the far right side of my palm has a broken base so it’s harder to identify (and I didn’t get a great photo of it) but I’m sure it was a RIBBED CANTHARUS too. And y’all thought Seashell Identification was easy, didn’t you? heehee

small seashell apertures hermit crabs

RIBBED CANTHARUS, APPLE MUREX, MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL, broken RIBBED CANTHARUS (I’m sure).

May
31

Warm Welcomed Weekend

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Sanibel sunset oyster drill

This is how our weekend started off on Friday. A calm, coral sky at sunset with a few shells scattered along the beach.

Gulf Oyster Drill

Gulf Oyster Drill

This is the cute little shell in foreground of the first photo. Cute, huh? It’s called a GULF OYSTER DRILL and this is what the aperture looks like…..

Gulf Oyster Drill Aperture

Gulf Oyster Drill Aperture

We are starting to see lots of live COQUINAS right at the surf’s edge getting washed up then quickly  digging themselves back into the sand.

Coquinas in the sand

There were a few Sanibel Stoopers enjoying the warm evening and the semi low tide pools off Middle Gulf Drive.

Sanibel Stoop Matt

I was so touched that Matt (OH) was collecting shells to make jewelry for his girlfriend. What a guy!

Matt (ohio) with seashells

Matt (Ohio)

We got a chance to stop by Sanibel side of Blind Pass this weekend too but instead of shelling the sand bar, we walked the beach down to the bayou where I spotted this GREAT BLUE HERON in flight.

Blue Heron flight

We were surprised to see so many shell piles!

shells on Sanibel by bayou

There were lots of FIGHTING CONCHS and WHELKS but I didn’t see any SAND DOLLARS until I met Stephanie from Ft Myers. She found about 6 SAND DOLLARS in her shell bag.

Stephanie seashells

Stephanie seashells

I havent had the chance to clean up the 14 inch HORSE CONCH Clark found this weekend (he’s still beaming) but tomorrow I’ll get that cleaned up and take a few photos then show the rest of the photos of our fabulous boating day.

surf shells sanibel

surf shells sanibel

We looked towards the pass and saw the rain coming. Head for the hills!

shells water clouds

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend as we honored the memories of our fallen U.S. service men and women.

Sanibel beach south BP