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12 cockles clicking

Of my first find of shelling, my seashore gave to me…. a CONE on the beach of Sanibel

1 cone from sanibel

Of my second find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

2 bittersweets

Of my third find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

3 nutmegs

Of my fourth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

4 sunbeam scallops

Of my fifth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

5 golden buttercups

On the sixth day of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

6 marvelous murexes

Of my seventh find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

7 sailors ears singing

Of my eighth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 8 awesome OLIVES, 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

8 awesome olives

Of my ninth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 9 WHELKS a welcoming, 8 awesome OLIVES, 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

9 whelks a welcoming

Of my tenth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 10 TULIPS twirling, 9 WHELKS a welcoming, 8 awesome OLIVES, 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

10 tulips twirling

Of my eleventh find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 11 CONCHS  a clacking, 10 TULIPS twirling, 9 WHELKS a welcoming, 8 awesome OLIVES, 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

11 conchs a clacking

Of my twelfth find of shelling, my seashore gave to me… 12 COCKLES clicking, 11 CONCHS  a clacking, 10 TULIPS twirling, 9 WHELKS a welcoming, 8 awesome OLIVES, 7 SAILORS EARS singing, 6 marvelous MUREXES, 5 golllldennnnn BUTTERCUPS, 4 sunbeam SCALLOPS, 3 NUTMEGS, 2 BITTERSWEETS and a CONE on the beach of Sanibel.

12 cockles clicking

 

Happy Shellidays, y’all!

heehee… I hope you had fun singing along with me about some of the 12 different shells I found the last few days at Blind Pass Sanibel and Gulfside City Park. Shellebrate!

shelling adventures trips by pam

Oct
20

Breakfast of Shelling Champions

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banded tulip sanibel sunrise october

I may not be a champion but I like my weekend breakfast to be garnished with TULIPS while I fill up on PEARS….

pear whelk at low tide sanibel florida

Quite a few PEAR WHELKS …

pear whelk with purple sun rise

With a little NUTMEG…

nutmeg in sunrise sanibel

This weekend’s low tides were in the early morning so it was such a treat to see the sunrise… and to collect the shells from the shallow tidal pools.

But I started the weekend running into an awesome family at Blind Pass Captiva around sunset as they were just packing up all the shells they found after snorkeling. Paul, Darren, Gabe, Kyle, Emily, Ellie from Naples are all like shelling encyclopedias. They knew the names of all of their shells and little tid bits about them too. Hmmmm… “Enshellopedias”! Ha! They were so much fun to talk to…

shelling family vacation sanibel captiva florida

They found lots of CONCHS, WHELKS, TULIPS, COCKLES, OLIVES  and all sorts of treasures. You know I love to peek at other people’s shells so I was thrilled to take a look into Paul’s green shell bag. Wanna see too? Ha! I knew it! Here you go… Fun!

shell bag sanibel captiva florida blind pass

The next morning at the Lighthouse Beach, I met Charity holding a double ATLANTIC GIANT COCKLE she was holding like a treasure box. It was a treasure box! She had filled the COCKLE with all of her other tiny treasures she found at low tide.

charity with sea shells sanibel

I met the rest of her family… Janssen, Lynn Ann and Joann visiting Sanibel from the Tampa area…

janssen LynnAnn charity Joanne

Lynn Ann told me that they found all of these shell like the fab SHARKS EYE, HORSE CONCH and APPLE MUREXES (and the SEA BEAN) at the tip of the island in front of the lighthouse.

sanibel shells found in october

At low tide, it’s always glorious to see and touch live MOLLUSKS… especially this live 14 inch HORSE CONCH. No worries- this creature was very happy to be put back into the water where it could keep healthy and hopefully have lots of babies.

live horse conch sanibel beach

 

I’ve never been much of a morning person (I know. Sounds crazy for an obsessed sheller like me to say that but it’s just the truth)… so I hope this next season I learn to enjoy mornings like I did this weekend. I meet people like Angela from the Outer Banks of North Carolina who was too shy for me to take her picture but made a big impression on me. It was a pleasure to talk with you Angela!

shells found on sanibel florida

But now that I think about it, I doesn’t really matter what time of day it is. I always find shells and I always meet awesome people shellers. I meet them finding shells at breakfast time , lunch time , afternoon snack time, dinner and evening snack time. It really doesnt matter! Errrr. I might sleep in tomorrow morning. heehee

sanibel stoop in aqua

Sep
11

Running For The Seashell Gold

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running for the golden sunset

The Sanibel sky after sunset last night had an amazing effect on the clouds and reflection on the water. My lens caught this little boy raising down the beach like he was running for the gold in the sky as it changed colors. This morning I felt like I was running down the shore line at Lighthouse Beach  trying to find my seashell gold. I finally found some!

my shelling adventure today

I started at the tip of the island at low tide to find just a few beautiful SCALLOPS…

sanibel lighthouse low tide clouds

After walking a 1/2 mile or so, I started to find a few shells like this little HORSIE (HORSE CONCH) and another perfect BANDED TULIP but htey both had cute little HERMIT CRABS in them so I put them back where I found them in the water.

hermit crab in horse conch sanibel lighthouse

I saw plenty of shells in the high tide line dried out on the beach so I walked over to see if there was anything there besides white bivalves like ARKS and bleached out CROSS BARRED VENUS CLAMS (not that there’s anything wrong with those! ha). I spotted spots! OOOOO I found little piece of JUNONIA.

junonia piece mixed with bivalves

That’s when I met Robin and John from Texas…

robin john texas shelling sanibel

They found some nice shells like a double SUNRAY VENUS, LACE MUREX, APPLE MUREXES, FIGHTING CONCHS, a juvie TRUE TULIP and a couple of PEAR WHELKS.

seashells found at sanible island lighthouse beach

After seeing that JUNONIA piece, admiring their shells plus seeing that horsie I couldnt have, I knew I had to put a move on it and start searching a little harder. Ha! Thats when I saw those pretty APPLE MUREXES AND that bigger orange HORSE CONCH half buried in the sand. I rinsed them off when I got home to see how pretty they are. Yup! Not too shabby…

todays shells sanibel lighthouse beach

But I still have to show you some of the other photos from last night afterglow of sunset…

dusk sanibel island florida cloudy sky

It was dreamy…

seashell beach sanibel island drama sky

We just had to stand there and stare at the brilliance…

stare at the sanibel sky

If you are in the area of Sanibel, Florida, join us tomorrow (Thursday Sept 12, 2013) for the iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa! FYI- We are now leaving from the dock at South Seas Resort instead of McCarthy’s so be at the South Seas entrance gate by 12:30 to catch our 1pm boat launch. Hope to see you.

seashell shelling trip pam

Also, this is the final day to enter the Shelltastic SW Florida Giveaway! So if you havent entered yet, CLICK HERE!

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I took a little video of how far I walked from the tip of Lighthouse Beach and how I found that nice HORSE CONCH. It’s just raw footage but at least you get to see what I saw this morning. If you want to walk along with me, here ya go…

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May
04

Low Tide Sanibel Skies

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Dramatic Sanibel pier

Breathtaking. This is what I love about low tide shelling on the evenings of spring and summer. The reflections from the backdrop of dramatic skies on the shallow water from the receding tide is magnificent.

Sanibel shelling sunset paints

This is where colors can change in an instant with a splash of yellow or pink.

 

Yellow Sanibel clouds shell

It gets even better to mix in a few seashells and….

Jean Anna Linda shell lighthouse

My favorite addition to any beautiful sky background would be …… Shelling Sistahs!!! Jean, Anna and Linda drove down from Ohio to spend time relaxing on Sanibel and to hunt for WENTLETRAPS. Okay, maybe not just wentles…. any and every beach treasure they can find!

wentltraps

We all found plenty of minis in the surf just about the same way as I showed in my video yesterday (Seashells In The Surf).

Shell sky Darcy Mary

Darcy and Mary (MN) were finding a few nice FIGHTING CONCHS and a nice size APPLE MUREX.

Apple murex hand

I saw a very cool live LETTERED OLIVE making a curly q track in the wet sand…

live olive tracks

I got a little closer look at the OLIVE to see its siphon pop out. When an OLIVE buries itself, it uses the siphon as sort of a snorkel. I’m so good with technical terms aren’t I? Ha! NOT!

Olive shell siphon

Wow, take a look at this…..

Live Olive dramatic sky

We always love to see live, healthy shells and hope they breed, breed, breed more beauties. But we also like to see empty ones…..

clark shells

I found a TURRID shell on Sunday night that I posted in the first picture yesterday but I didn’t name it because I tried to take a close up photo but it just didn’t show properly. Low and behold, I found another one last night (the one on the left) so I can show you what a TURRID shell looks like.

Tampa Turrid

Super Sheller Clark and I started making our way back to the parking lot…..

Clark in orange

to find (you’re gonna love this!)  Linda, Anna and Jean’s car driven all the way from Ohio…..

iLvshln license plate

 

Sanibel lightouse sky

 

Sanibel beach sky

 

 

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Apr
06

It’s Raining Dosinias

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shelling for clams on the beach

Earlier this week the DOSINIAS were everywhere at the lighthouse. Doesn’t it look like Mr Greenjeans just dropped all of his ping pong balls all over the beach?  I know, I’m showing my age.

Shells inside a dosinia

There has been a variety of shells washing up at the lighthouse beach this week. The MUREXES, SHARK’S EYE, TURBAN  and FIGHTING CONCH that are resting inside a double DOSINIA CLAM were some of the treasures in Dennis and Terri’s (WA) shell bag.

Terri Dennis with shells

A shelling sister!….With her tee shirt to prove it!

Dosinia seashell

This is a view of the outside of a DOSINIA. You’ve probably seen one of these before if you’ve come for a visit to Sanibel or Captiva.

apple murex disk dosinia

I placed their shells in the DOSINIA in the first photo because I saw this live APPLE MUREX looking so cute hanging upside down in this one.

Wentletrap Terri

That’s a huge WENTLETRAP in Terri’s hand! The smaller one is the size we are used to finding.

wentletrap clark

Ha! Clark hates to be out-shelled (remember the day I found my first SCOTCH BONNET?  Clark found one the same day.) So of course he found a monster WENTLETRAP too.

Brittle starfish

This was a live BRITTLE STAR that got caught in the receding tide so we picked him up (they won’t hurt you) and placed in back into the gulf.

Here are a few pictures I took this week. I just didn’t get a chance to post them yet so the beach may have changed (as it does every day).

Lighthouse shellers

Judy and Robin

ladies collecting shells

More Sanibel Stooping.

kids with wild dolphin

Don’t worry, it’s a DOLPHIN not a SHARK.

pink sea anemone

A pink SEA ANEMONE.

Captiva sandbar

Blind Pass update: I took the photo above and the one below Sunday at Blind Pass on the Sanibel side. The sand is filling in between the shore and the sand bar so I wonder if there is any water that separates it now. I didn’t see anybody collecting too much there but I’ll check it out tomorrow too.

Captiva low tide

Dec
01

Let The Shelling Season Begin!

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Seashells and waves

Seashells and waves

Shells! They’re back! I felt like a kid in a candy store today at Blind Pass on Captiva Island…. speaking of candy….

Juvenile horse conch candy

My candy

This was my first find.. a bright orange baby HORSE CONCH…. my candy. Right next to it was a broken FLAT SCALLOP.

Seashell Collecting at Blind Pass, Captiva

Seashell Collecting at Blind Pass, Captiva

I haven’t seen lots of shells at Blind Pass lately so I felt so giddy. The temperature dropped and the wind picked up from the north…. signs for good shelling at the pass. Take a look at the mound forming. Yippeee!

Blind Pass Shell mound

Blind Pass Shell mound

Fighting conch with other shells

Fighting conch with other shells

Apple murex in shell pile

Apple murex in shell pile

I met a couple from Chicago who couldn’t get enough of this good shelling day.

Shell seekers from Chicago

Lorna and David (Chicago)

This is David a few minutes later. I told you, he couldn’t get enough so he had to get fully shellified.

Adventures of shelling

Adventures of shelling

Lettered Olive and other shells

Lettered Olive and other shells

I saw lots of MUREXES, TULIPS, WHELKS, OLIVES, CONCHS, COCKLES and pieces of CONES. I took video but I was very shaky (from my excitement!) and my lens was very spotted from the spray. I’ll try to salvage what I can and get that up soon for all of you virtual shellers. Shellebrate!

Shell collecting on Captiva

Shell collecting