Archive for Lion’s Paw
Summer shelling in Southwest Florida is rocking this week! Lauren found a LION’S PAW at Little Hickory Beach in Bonita Springs. WOW! I met Lauren and her sister Jaime last year after they had a HORSE CONCH heyday that I showed you in my post Seashell Dreams Come True. Well, another dream has come true for her… she said ” After an 11 year search I finally found a Lion’s Paw yesterday!”.
Talk about a HORSE CONCH Heyday! Ann H found this aaaamazing HORSE CONCH at Bowman’s Beach. It is quite special to find one this big in that brilliant orange color. Wowee! I hope she sends a photo of it after she gets it cleaned up. If you need some advice on cleaning it up Ann, CLICK HERE.
Omigosh! Now I know why Holly is wearing that big beautiful smile… She found a big beautiful SHARK’S EYE at Blind Pass Sanibel! Happy Holly!
Her cutie sister Alyssa has that same shelling DNA… look at this perfect ALPHABET CONE she found! No wonder, they are both daughters of The Shellinator (always to be said with the Schwarzenegger voice LOL).
Not to be out-shelled by any of these girls, Devon found his own perfectly gorgeous ALPHABET CONE on the east end of Sanibel. I was told that all of these shells were collected either in the water or at the waters edge half buried in the sand. Congratshellations to Devon, Alyssa, Holly, Ann and Lauren for finding buried treasure!
I had to show you this last photo too from Maureen in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. Talk about a sheller’s dream! Today she found an ALPHABET CONE, SCOTCH BONNET and…. a FULGURATOR OLIVE! Yep, I said today- all this morning 3 hours north of Sanibel on Indian Rocks Beach. Geez.
PS- I have now added 2014 tide charts if you like to plan your vacations around the tides for shelling and fishing. Check them out and print them out if you like…. CLICK HERE FOR TIDE CHARTS
It’s True! It really is the small things in life that are most precious. This is such a sweet little LIONS PAW! But I actually think this one might be called “The Trekkie Paw”… or “The Vulcan Paw”. He’s got a Vulcan Salute for all of you Spock Star Trek fans out there. LOL
My friend Lizbeth found this awesome gem while taking a long walk off West Gulf Drive. I know it looks similar to the KITTENS PAW, but this is clearly defined by that shoulder piece (Spock’s thumb). Good eye, Lizbeth!
Last evening by the Sanibel pier, I saw Ron from Atlanta snorkeling for quite a while…
When he finally came out of the water, he showed me this gorgeous live LIGHTNING WHELK he found then he placed back in the water. He also had that big yellow shell bag filled with FIGHTING CONCHS, COCKLES and a few emPty WHELKS.
Lori and Katelyn from Alabama were going for the minis.
Most of these were found just at the water’s edge. I havent seen one of the TINTED CANTHARUS shells in a while so it was fun to see that. It’s the one in her hand that almost has a purplish tint to it. And I wish I had gotten a better shot of the huge WENTLETRAP they found. It’s hiding behind that cute pink-nosed LACE MUREX. The one just above the juvie LIGHTNING WHELK is a nice TOP SHELL.
I always get the CORMORANT and the ANHINGA birds mixed up. They look so much alike! My friend Susan told me this one was the CORMORANT because he has the hook on the end of his beak. The ANHINGAS have the long straight beak. Okay, and I said “he” but I have no idea if this is a male or female but I’m sure there is a way to tell by the plumage. I’m much better at shell ID than bird ID…. but I’m going to try to remember… this one is the CORMORANT!
Blind Pass is loooaaaded with shells! And yes, those are 2 LION’S PAWS that were found this morning by Peg and Janet on the pass side of the jetty rocks as the tide was going out.
I woke up this morning to 47 degree weather (which is normally good shelling weather)… I was torn! Do I run down to Blind Pass to see if there are any shells that washed in since I haven’t been to the beach since I got back from our vacation to Turks & Caicos? Or do I finish my post about the details of our trip to answer all the comments on my last few post? Ack! Sorry! I couldn’t help myself! I had to do it. I had to go shelling.
But I promise I’ll answer your questions about accommodations and the rest of our trip… hopefully this afternoon.
Oh and FYI I am judging the Sarasota Shell Show this weekend so if you are anywhere in that area, please come by and see me. I’d love to meet you! Click on the next image to get the details…
CShells sees seashells by the seashore. She snagged this sweet LIONS PAW scallop shell with her seashell sifter when she saw it on Sanibel this week.
CShells really slayed Sanibel when husband Richard reaped rewards of reeling in a remarkable SCOTCH RONNET (Okay, it’s a BONNET, but it’s funnier with the “r” ! Just go with it )
Richard recognized its round richness in the rise of the wrack line.
Congratshellations Richard and CShells! You scored the shells!
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We spent hours boating from Fort Myers Beach to the outer islands of Sanibel this weekend. I felt like we were on vacation! The first island we pulled up to I found this nice sized WENTLETRAP…
It was resting in a nest of sea weeds and SARGASSUM.
Okay, I’ll fess up. Clark and I weren’t really looking for WENTLETRAPS but it was a nice surprise. We were actually looking for a LION”S PAW. “Why”, you ask? Because we wanted to find this LIONS PAW’s brother or sister…. or better yet, the granddaddy!
It’s a beauty, right? Did you see that all of the knuckles are in tact? Saweeeet! Captain Brian found this awesome LION’S PAW on Cayo Costa on Friday. Is this a happy face or what! Congrats Brian!
So we looked high and low for even a piece of one…
While on Cayo Costa, we met Anna (Indiana) shelling the beach with a bag full of shells tied to her walking stick…
She had a beautiful collection of shells ranging from SAND DOLLARS to that excellent yellow HORSE CONCH.
Now who wouldn’t be happy with this collection? She found ANGEL WINGS, TRUE TULIPS, TURBANS, a NUTMEG, SHARK’S EYE, LIGHTNING WHELK and a cute twisted WORMIE.
Clark found one of these live ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLARS floating in the current then saw the other one close by. We have found dead ARROWHEADS before but neither of us has ever seen live ones like this. They are beautiful! Clark put them back in the water right after I snapped this photo to keep them nice and healthy.
Well, we didn’t find LION”S PAW and the water clarity was a little cloudy but after seeing so many SAND DOLLARS, I put on my mask and snorkel to see what else I could find in the water. Take a few good breaths and get used to the water so you can go on my snorkeling vacation with me. Here we go!
PS- Next post I’ll show you lots of MANATEES that we saw this weekend! I love those SEA COWS!
The shells were bubbling up in patches around the islands this week. On the east end of Sanibel at the Lighthouse Beach, Clark found an awesome ALBINO FIGHTING CONCH. You can tell this shell didn’t turn white from being old and sun bleached because it is still glossy. It may look like it has a little scum on it but that yellowish stuff is the periostracum which is like a skin that will scrap right off with your thumb nail. Those are the signs that it is a true ALBINO.
See how glossy it is? Okay, this side (the aperture) has some scum on it (not just the periostracum) but I’m sure you can still see this shell never had color to it.
Most of the shells were alive at the Lighthouse beach but Sharon and Pierre (from Curacao Island!) and her mom Irene (from Holland!) were happy seeing all of the wonders of our sea life and found a few keeper shells as well…
But hold on to your sun hats, folks! Maria D. posted this on the i Love Shelling Facebook page…. she found 3 ALPHABET CONES this week! She said she found them mid island around the Island Inn.
Then Jen L. posted this awesome photo of the shells her family found at Bowman’s Beach. She found this unbelievable LION’S PAW! Wow, it looks like all of the knuckles are still in tact! Her dad Tim found the ANGEL WING and her mom Joanne found the huge FLAT SCALLOP. Nice finds, Linnan family!
My friend Susie (a long time Sanibel resident) still gets excited to find a FIGHTING CONCH…
She couldn’t wait to show me all the other colorful shells she found. See? After years of living on the island, the beach still delivers simple happiness…
I even heard that Bind Pass Sanibel was still delivering too but after seeing these shells and what shelling sisters Jamie and Lauren found on my last post… Bowman’s Beach is rockin!
Soooo, now that I’ve caught you up with the shelling news… let me catch you up on my news.
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I am now a partner of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel as a SWFL (SouthWest Florida) Insider. I’m the designated shelling insider for Lee County! Here’s my new badge so click on it and it will take you to the program information just launched on Facebook…
Okay, and I more excitement this week! Clark and I were interviewed by this REALLY nice gal that happens to be a reporter for …
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The New York Times!!! Crazy, huh? She wanted to know about shelling on Sanibel and happened to find iLoveShelling! So, pleeeaase keep your fingers crossed that the story is featured and makes it in the paper. I was going to keep it a secret to see if it really showed up in print, but I figured if I could spread good vibes, it can’t hurt this little ol’ shelling blog. I’ll keep you posted. Shelling fingers crossed!
Oh, and one more thing… I promise, this is it for today but I couldn’t help but sing a little. LaLaLaaaa… Okay the vocal cords are warmed up.
Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birrrrthdaaaay dear Super Sheller Claarrrk. Happy Birthday to you!