WORM SHELLS don’t follow any rules of symmetry or structure as they twist and stretch in all kinds of crazy ways doin’ their own thang- that’s why I love them so much. No two are alike!
That’s also why I love to use them in art projects like the large shell mirror in the top photo and for mermaid locks of hair.
And for smaller frames…
In Southwest Florida, we have a few different kinds of WORM SHELLS that wash up on our beaches although I never really think about their differences… Im just always thrilled to find any WORM SHELL but I think it’s time I show you the differences.
Here are the 3 varieties of WORM SHELLS we have in our area. In the next photo from left to right… VARIABLE WORM SHELL, FARGO WORM SHELL, FLORIDA WORM SHELL
You’ve seen me post WORM SHELLS a million times but I don’t think I ever even say “FARGO WORM SHELL”. I always think “WORMIE!” so who cares what kind- haha. So yes, this is the FARGO WORM SNAIL – Vermicularia fargoi – which comes in many various color forms.
These little cutie shellooties are the FLORIDA WORM SHELL – Vermicularia knorrii – (or KNORR’S WORM SNAIL). Look at those sweet little white tips!
Just so you can see the differences in size of the FARGOs and FLORIDAs…
WORM SHELLS are even fun when they are broken too. Sanibel local sheller Cherry uses them to make wooden plaques with her granddaughters’ names on them… Ella and Grace.
These are THE cutest!!!
There’s another type of WORM SHELL… the VARIABLE WORM SHELL- Petaloconchus varians. This is the one I call WORM ROCK because it really doesn’t look like a snail shell but instead it looks like a big ol’ hunk of rock or dark CORAL. Theses snails can grow into large colonies which look similar to CORAL REEF structures.
The wonderful, whimsical world of WORM SHELLS. Be still my heart.
PS- To see all of the different places that we’ve found WORM SHELLS and more photos of them, CLICK HERE and scroll down through all of the pages of posts.
Come with me on a Shelling Adventure and maybe we will find some together.
Finally! Shells! I haven’t found piles of shells on Sanibel the last several days but they were sure rolling in last night at Lighthouse Beach. Benjamin and Anja from Germany can attest to that…
These were just some of the gorgeous shells they found…
Clark found most of the shells in the top photo but I think he was most excited about a double BUTTERCUP…
The low tide was at sunset so I didn’t have much light to take a photo but it really is the prettiest BUTTERCUP we’ve ever seen…
This next photo will show you exactly where we were to find these beauties. Oh, and notice my new OLIVE bracelet? I made one for all of us for Shellabaloo last week – I missed my last one. If you want to make one, I made a video a while back on how to do it- CLICK HERE
A few nights ago, we went to Captiva and met avid shellers Brian and Candi from Newport News, Virginia as they were looking for KITTENS PAWS and CALICO CLAMS. We talked about our old stomping grounds in Virginia and shared fun stories about some of the other places in the world we both have been shelling… like Turks and Caicos.
Also this past week, we saw Russ and Jill from Wisconsin again on a Captiva Cruise to Cayo Costa.
Russ found such a cool piece of WORM ROCK which is a colony of VARIABLE WORM SNAIL. Love this!
Sophia, Vincent and Andrew from New Jersey took advantage of the crystal clear water of Cayo Costa to snorkel for some amazing shells.
I’m sure tonight will be about the same shelling at the Lighthouse for low tide so if you are any where close to Sanibel, check it out and find some goodies!