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Apr
07

Full Moon Beach Bling

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live sand dollars starfish

The weather conditions and last night’s full moon caused an extreme high tide that washed up lots of live creatures on the beach. Unfortunately for them, an extreme low tide left them with no where to hide.  Fortunately for Cory from Cape Coral (and me), he got to see a tiny live SAND DOLLAR with a few mature beauties as well as several live STARFISH at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach then he put them back in the water.

cory sand dollar starfish

I saw several live TRUE TULIPS hiding inside a STIFF PEN SHELL.

pen shell true tulips inside

I did spot one empty bright orange TRUE TULIP hiding under one of those PEN SHELLS. A keeper! Yippee!

true tulip under pen shell

Along with a WORMIE and CHESTNUT TURBAN…

worm shell true tulip turban

Caroline and Jennifer (Atlanta) are long time “wentlers” so they knew just where to look to find dozens of WENTLETRAPS.

caroline jennifer atlanta

Jennifer found all of these WENTLETRAPS within an hour and a half…

wentletraps jennifer

Her daughter Caroline has the WENTLE-eye too …and the KING’S CROWN-eye and the BABY’S EAR-eye!

caroline shell bag

Guess who I met! …. Sanibelle! If you read a lot of my post comments, you might have read one of Sanibelle’s comments. She rocks! …well she “shells” …but you know what I mean. ;) It was a pleasure to me you, Sanibelle! This is miss cutie Sanibelle…

sanibelle louise

Since there were so many live creatures to ooooh and ahhhh at, it was hard to find many big empty shells besides PEN SHELLS. I talk about PEN SHELLS so often but I rarely ever show them so I found good example of both types that we find here. The one on the left is a STIFF PEN SHELL and the one on the right is a SAW-TOOTH PEN SHELL.

difference rough saw tooth pen shell

The most unusual shell I saw yesterday was a MANGROVE PERIWINKLE that Clark found yesterday on the gulf side of Lighthouse Beach. We just don’t find many of them at that beach.

mangrove periwinkle

He also found this little army man. I think he’ll make good company for my LEGO guy I found in February.

toy soldier on beach

Since there are so many live shells on the beaches right now, I just want to make sure you know that you can’t take any live shells, SAND DOLLARS, STARFISH and such. You should gently put it back where you found it or in deeper waters. Lots of people don’t know how to tell if a sand dollar is alive or not. Here’s the deal… if a SAND DOLLAR is any where near the water and is brownish and looks a little “furry”, that means it is happy and healthy so we need to let it live a long time …..so it can breed! This is what live SAND DOLLARS look like. See that “fur”? Those are his feet AND how he breathes. Cool, huh?

baby sand dollar

 This was the moon rise last night over Fort Myers Beach. I did not change or colorize this photo! It was really that big and colorful! I guess that’s why all the living creatures were stirring yesterday.

moon over ft myers beach

 There should be more goodies washing in so for now…. Gone Shelling.

 

 

Jun
08

Wish Upon a Starfish

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Small Starfish about an inch and a half

There were tons (ok, I could be exaggerating …..I saw maybe 15) of BROWN SPINY STARFISH washing up at the lighthouse beach on Sanibel yesterday. This happens pretty often so I try to throw back the ones that I can see their little feelers on the under side still moving. Aha!….but this guy was stiff as a board and dried out so he came home with me. He’s only an inch and a half and as cute as can be. I already found a home for him too. A few years ago, I made a few frames made with only WORM SHELLS that I found. It’s not like this picture frame needed anything else but I really wanted to show this starfish off. You can’t miss him now!

Worm shell frame with starfish