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Introducing Guest Blogger… Captain Brian Holaway

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Baby's Ear, Captain Brian Holaway, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells | 27 comments

gone shelling i love shelling

Everybody needs a vacation… even when you live in a paradise like Sanibel. So, I am unplugging from online life for a week or so to take a break and recharge the brain. I know! You need shelling reports! I am NOT leaving you high and dry without shelling updates so…. Captain Brian to the rescue!

Captain Brian 008 Holaway

Captain Brian Holaway will be right here posting his fabulous photos of our local beaches just like he does on his blog Capt. Brian On The Water . You won’t miss a beat to get your up-to-date shelling fix. Fair? Okay, if you haven’t heard me talk about our good friend Captain Brian before, he is the best shelling guide I know.

captain brian starfish

.. and he REALLY loves shelling too. Can you tell?

capt brian seashells

Oooooh… He has a box of BABY’S EARS!

captain brian babys ears

Ahhhhhh…  WORM SHELLS!

captain brian worm shells

He even collects TUSK SHELLS like we do but we’ve never found one this big!

capt brian tusk shell

Wow! Look at these gorgeous shells…

capt brian best seashells

Did you notice he has The Elite Three? A JUNONIA, SCOTCH BONNET and LION’S PAWS.

capt brian elite three

 Captain Brian has a great eye for shells but he also has a great eye for nature and wildlife. He is in the Florida Master Naturalist program to promote awareness, understanding, and respect the environment of Florida’s natural world.

Captain Brian Holaway Master Naturalist

 See? I’ve left you in very capable hands.

Margarita, please. (Oh sorry, I’m just getting ready for vacation.)

So enjoy the next few posts by Brian then I will be back with a refreshed mind and hopefully some awesome shelling reports to share.

Oh yes, I’ll have that margarita with salt. (Oh sorry, again.. I keep getting interupted)

See you soon, dear friends!

Sllluuuuurpppp. Ahhhhhhh


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Merry Christmas From i Love Shelling And The Elite Three

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Christmas, Sanibel, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells | 31 comments

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Seashells On Cloud Nine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Coral, Horse Conch, Junonia, Lion's Paw, Sanibel, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells, sea glass, True tulip, Tulip, Worm Shell | 23 comments

Large tulip bits n pieces

The shelling was excellent all weekend after the storm early last week. Not only was I tickled to find this large TRUE TULIP, the FLAT SCALLOPS, HORSIES, the WORMIE and a piece of aqua SEA GLASS, I think finding 2 pieces of JUNONIA and 2 pieces of LION’S PAW is what turbo charged me to run from beach to beach to search the clues for the unbroken loot. The after-burners went into high gear. I know you already heard I hit gold with my JUNONIA and LION’S PAW but now they are all cleaned up so I have to show them just one more time (I know, I know… just humor me ;))….

junonia lions paw

Ahhhhh. Two out of  The Elite Three. So for a while, I’m not coming down from being on cloud nine.

junonia lions paw aperture

I saw lots of other shellers and friends enjoying the gifts of the sea too. Sunrise shellers Robert and Eileen…

Robert Eilene sunrise

Robertfound a LION’S PAW too! It has some barnacles but who cares! It is a huge whole one and will clean up nicely I’m sure.

Rob lions paw

The locals were out playing on the beach too. I ran into my friend Mary (Captiva) …

Mary with cone and horsie

She found an ALPHABET CONE and a bright orange HORSE CONCH. Candy!

alphabet and conch captiva

More of my buddies! I found Betsy and Sherrill sittin’ n siftin’ through another big shell pile…

Betsy and Sherrill on shell pile

King and Queen of this shell mountain, Kathy and Tony had it all to themselves…

Palm beach Kathy A Tony

Other than shells, the storm brought in lots of other Beach Bling too. One of my favorites being pieces of CORAL.

coral on aqua Sanibel Captiva

I still have more photos of cool stuff I found on the beaches..but not the time to show them all again. We have Hurricane Rina out in the Caribbean which may turn towards Florida from Mexico so we have to keep an eye out to see what she does. I just hope everybody is safe from this Category 2 Hurricane headed for Cancun, Cozumel then turning towards Cuba. When everybody is safe, then we can think about the shells she might produce. I promise, I’ll catch up tomorrow and keep you updated.

sunrise sheller eileen

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The Elite Three Seashells

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Conch, Cone, Cowrie, Deer Cowrie, Horse Conch, Junonia, Lion's Paw, Sanibel, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells, Sanibel Six, Scotch Bonnet | 26 comments

Elite Three Seashells

If the SANIBEL SIX seashells are the favorite achievable shell finds for shellers on Sanibel and Captiva, then the JUNONIA, SCOTCH BONNET and LION’S PAW seashells must be The Elite Three. These shells are the mac daddies of local finds….for us, anyway. Pictured above is Clark’s JUNONIA (found in 2004), my SCOTCH BONNET (January) and Clark’s LION’S PAW ((2006) found on North Captiva. I found a LION’S PAW too but Clark must have hidden it (so competitive! LOL) since I can’t find it….. but it did have a little damage.

Junonia scotch bonnet murex

That’s why my jaw dropped when I heard that 5 year old Alyssa found both a JUNONIA and a SCOTCH BONNET within the last few months. She and her dad are avid shellers who head to Blind Pass or the lighthouse from Ft Myers every other weekend to hunt for seashell treasure. Congratulations, Alyssa!

Donnie shells March 6

Okay, take a look at this photo Donnie (Alyssa’s dad) took last month. You can see they found the SANIBEL SIX, TURBANS, a SAND DOLLAR, ANGEL WINGS, a pretty SCALLOP, JEWEL BOXES , NUTMEGS, a SHARK’s EYE (and the magic marker to judge the size- clever!) and do you see that other shell above the LIGHTNING WHELK? Donnie said it’s a piece of a DEER COWRIE that he found in about the same spot as Mother Earth Marilyn’s DEER COWRIE. Remember that?

Donnie deer cowrie March 6 copy

Yep! Looks like it to me too! Even a piece is a great find.

Horse conchs olives db

The shells above were finds within the last three months. Love those FLAT SCALLOPS and oh, by the way, nice HORSIES!

abc cone sheller

Another cool thing I have to show you from their collection is an ALPHABET CONE. After seeing the video on my post ABCs Of Alphabet Cones, they checked their CONES and found a shelling “scene”. On the third row down there are three stick figures. From left to right it looks like a sheller walking along with the sun (or moon- haha) shining…. then he/she finds a treasure and does the Sanibel Stoop….. then raises the treasure up to show it off and does the happy dance! So funny!

shells found april 6

They found this batch of shells (above) last weekend at the jetty on the Captiva side of Blind Pass. I asked him how he cleans his shells and told me 50/50 bleach to water over night then he puts mineral oil on them to bring back the color and shine them up. They look so good! The next photo shows Alyssa’s JUNONIA and the rest of their loot they found the end of February.

Donnie shells March 7

PS-  Clark looked through our ALPHABET CONES too after I did that video and he found one for all you New York Yankees fans……

yankee cone

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