Archive for Cabrit’s Murex
The last few days I have returned home with an empty shell bucket. I have so many shells already, I’ve just started only to collect the seashells that are new to me, have unusual colorations or the ones that are hard to find… like the JUNONIA or the CABRITS MUREX to name a few. Since I haven’t been lucky enough to find anything like that lately, I’m still happy when I get to hunt for those awesome treasures because it makes the pot sweeter when I do find them. But wait!
The treasure pot was filled with honey and sugar for Kaitlyn (10) and Matthew (8) this week! They hit the mega lotto with Kaitlyn’s JUNONIA…
AND her brother Matthew with a CABRITS MUREX!!!
Here’s sister Karley, Grandmom Sue, Kaitlyn and Matthew…
Wowee! Congratshellations!!! They said they found them on the Captiva side of Blind Pass under the bridge…right here…
Shelling Sister Peggy and her daughter Laura were finding their own treasures at Blind Pass when they witnessed Kaitlyn’s JUNONIA find and were thrilled for her. That made them bound and determined to find one for themselves too. It’s out there somewhere, girls!
It’s not easy to find a CABRIT’S MUREX on the beaches of Sanibel.. much less with some of the spines still in tact. So I was over the moon when Clark found this one near Bowman’s Beach. (Okay, hopefully not the Cabrits of our lives but I couldn’t resist the silly title play on words)
Joanne (NJ) was shelling in the same spot with me when Clark showed us this great find. So guess what she found the very next day? You guessed it! Her own CABRITS MUREX!!
They look to be just about the same size and color (Clark’s looks whiter but when it’s wet it looks just like her’s with a pinkish color) but hers has a few more spines still in tact. Crazy, huh?
Look at the other cool shells she found… a piece of LIONS PAW, 2 FLATS and a pink tinted ALTERNATE TELLIN with both sides still attached.
Then I ran into Joan (Indiana) who found a beautiful SCOTCH BONNET on her birthday!!!!
Look at that bright yellow SCALLOP too. Happy birthday, Joan!
The low tide mornings over the weekend brought in these unusual shells along with lots of the goodies.
Lizbeth found a handful of orangies. Look at that fabulous solid brilliant orange CHESTNUT TURBAN. It doesn’t look chestnut to me, you know?
I also found a wonderful treasure… Shelling Sistah Connie Knight in her i Love Shelling shirt!!!
And then Shelling Sistah Mary Ann Ross too! I was in hog heaven all weekend.
Here’s Benny from Miami finding those bright orange SCALLOPS too…
The weekend started off with gobs of rain and wind then finished with gorgeous skies. We shelled right through all of it and ended up with a treasure trove. You gotta roll with the tides, baby.
Conch-A-Bunga!!! That’s a humongous HORSE CONCH!
I just got this note from Kelly…..
“Hi Pam, I found this 15 inch FL horse conch recently at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin and 2 minutes later while jumping for joy my friend Linda found a 10 inch one. It was high times at low tide for sure. Kelly”
OMG- What a day!!! I’m sure they are still celebrating. Congratulations on TWO awesome finds and thank you for sharing. HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK
This is a pretty rare shell to find on our islands (it’s still not on the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum website) especially since it still has some of those fabulous spines still intact. This is gorgeous! Don’t you think? Congratulations!
Sherrill’s words about her new treasure-
“……couldn’t believe how fragile it is… almost like a paper fig in thickness, and it looked like it was made of spun sugar! Nature is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe it survived crashing waves and tons of people walking on that pile of shells.“
This is the close-up of the MUREX we discussed on last night’s post….and it’s getting exciting! Ellen won’t be able to take it by the shell museum today like MurexKen suggested… but soon. I’m very far from scientist but it’s looking pretty good to me to be the CABRIT’S MUREX……but then again…..hmmmmm. We’ll have to wait and see…. tick tock. While we wait, here are some more photos of it.
It’s a smorgasbord of shells that Ellen ended up finding this weekend! From A to Z….APPLE MUREXES to ZZZ…..oh well, to WORM SHELLS then. Most of these are easy to identify but I’m having just a little trouble on the far left, midway down, second shell in. You think it’s a ROSE MUREX? The tail looks pretty long and I can’t make out if it has spikes or not. I found a ROSE MUREX at Blind Pass last summer so I know that they’re there but maybe a CABRIT’S MUREX? MurexKen, are you out there? And there’s her “vintage” JUNONIA that Deb remarked on yesterday. heehee. Nicely done, Ellen. Thanks for sending your picture.