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Whimsical World Of Worm Shells

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Fargo Worm Shell, Florida Worm Shell, Variable Worm Snail, Worm Rock, Worm Shell | 36 comments

Pam Rambo Worm Shell Mirror frame Sanibel Island

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!

Oodles of whimsical worm shells

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.

Mermaid sculpture with worm shell hair

And for smaller frames…

pam rambo worm shell frame

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

Petaloconchus varians Variable worm rock Vermicularia fargoi fargo knorrii 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.

Vermicularia fargoi Forgo Worm snail shell 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!

Vermicularia knorrii Florida worm snail shell color forms

Just so you can see the differences in size of the FARGOs and FLORIDAs…

Vermicularia fargoi and knorrii color forms and sizes

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.

seashell and wood sign

These are THE cutest!!!

seashell name wall hanging sign

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.

Petaloconchus varians Variable worm snail shell colonies

The wonderful, whimsical world of WORM SHELLS. Be still my heart.

Whimsical wonderful world of worm shells

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.

pam rambo shelling trips


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Shells At Sanibel Lighthouse Beach Last Night

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Lighthouse, Variable Worm Snail | 32 comments

shells on Sanibel lighthouse sandy beach

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…

benjamin anja from germany finding sanibel seashells

These were just some of the gorgeous shells they found…

shells from anja and benjamin

Clark found most of the shells in the top photo but I think he was most excited about a double BUTTERCUP…

clark loves buttercup shells

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…

double buttercup shell collected on sanibel

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

seashell bracelet with shells and lighthouse

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.

brian and candi sunset

Also this past week, we saw Russ and Jill from Wisconsin again on a Captiva Cruise to Cayo Costa.

russ jill wisconsin worm rock

Russ found such a cool piece of WORM ROCK which is a colony of VARIABLE WORM SNAIL. Love this!

variable worm snail rock

Sophia, Vincent and Andrew from New Jersey took advantage of the crystal clear water of Cayo Costa to snorkel for some amazing shells.

sophia, vincent andrew nj shell florida

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!

shells on Sanibel lighthouse sandy beach




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