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Sanibel Wildlife Tango For Mango Madness

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Beautiful Crassatella, Brown-Tip Mangelia, Coyote, Horseshoe Crab, Raccoon, Sunsets | 19 comments

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Last night’s mango sky brought out a mango tinted HORSESHOE CRAB along with several different mango colored seashells as well. Check out this BEAUTIFUL CRASSATELLA (9 o’clock) Clark found last night at Bowman’s beach.

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Near the east end of Sanibel the night before, I found lots of sweet mini shells. WENTLETRAPS filled the inside of a mango colored COCKLE SHELL  and BUTTON SHELLS, BUBBLES, mango tinted MUREXES, DRILLS and CONCHS filled the cup of a DOSINIA. I can’t even believe I saw the tiniest of 2 DOVE shells, a RICE OLIVE and a new find for me…. a BROWN-TIP MANGELIA (Kurtziella atrostyla).

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I looked through my loose change to take a photo of a coin to show just how tiny this shell was and I found a wheat penny- perfect! How in the world did I ever see this little magnificent shell? So happy I did! And yes, it has little “mango” accents (instead of boring brown) on it too.

Brown tip mangelia kurtziella atrostyla conidae family

Okay… what is all this mango stuff about, you ask? I’ve been sorta obsessed with our MANGO TREE this year. It has loads of juicy delicious mangoes hanging from every branch but we try to wait until they are fairly ripe before we pick them. But…. every morning we find half eaten mangoes on the ground. Grrrrr. Some critter was making a mess of our luscious fruit and I wanted to know exactly what critter was feasting on them. I had an idea the animal but I bought I critter cam to see for sure. hahaha I know- a little crazy but it worked! In this next photo, you can see in the far left that this evil cute little RACCOON was up on his hind legs about to pick that mango. Shooooo!

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Then his little RACCOON bff joined in on a little tango for the mango madness smorgasbord.

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And then…. O.M.G. I caught a COYOTE in my backyard this morning on camera! Wow! There have been COYOTE sightings on Sanibel since 2011 and we’ve seen a few around the islands but I’ve never gotten a photo of them and I sure didn’t know they were roaming around in my backyard at 4:15am. I’ve never heard of a local COYOTE hurting a human but I’m just very happy that my little DustBall and PuppyCat kitties are safe inside and NEVER go outside.

Of course I wanted to name it (not sure if it’s a girl or boy), but I still haven’t come up with a name yet… Wildie Coyote? Tootie Fruitie Coyote? Mango Rambo? LOL Whaddaya think?

Rambo Sanibel Coyote

 

Life on Sanibel… day and night, there’s always something “wild” happening.

Join me on an iLoveShelling Adventure! For more info CLICK HERE  (I’m working on new dates for season- I should have those up soon!)

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PS- I’m hoping its running much smoother now with most of the kinks worked out for the new site design. I’m not done reorganizing the categories menu yet either, but I’d love feed back if you think the dropdown menu is easier to look through too now. It was a mess- eeeeek- sorry!

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Summer Sunsets and Shells

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Sunsets | 20 comments

Hand of Colorful Sanibel sea shells

An hour before sunset is my favorite time to shell on Sanibel in the summer time.

An Apple Murex a day keeps the doctor away

The temperature is cooler and the skies change by the second so it makes for a beautiful backdrop to the already colorful shells. Sanibel beach comber shells

I went to Blind Pass Sanibel to find just a scattering of shells right at the water’s edge but not too many in the tidal lines on the beach. 
Sanibel Seashells at the water edge

Brian, Mathew and Kory from Indiana plopped right down in the water and found shells just by digging around. They were having a blast!

finding shells in Sanibel water

I also went to Gulfside City Park this week and found this SHARK EYE along with thousands of live baby SAND DOLLARS  just like a found earlier this month in my post Sand Dimes By The Dozen

Sanibel Shark eye seashell

It’s always so much fun to see what the tide washes in.

shells in sea foam waves

You just never know what you’re gonna find.

Sanibel beach comber shells

 

Since most of you know that I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now, its time to update my blog. Technology is moving at the speed of lightning (not LIGHTNING WHELKS- they are kinda slow- heehee) so I am spending most of my time with my nose stuck in my computer figuring it all out instead of being on the beach every day. I know, cue the violins- haha. I just wish I could give you more info about the beaches and more videos but when this is all updated, I will get back to my regular schedule of sharing our world of shelling with more posts, cybershelling and fun videos.

I wouldn’t miss our iLoveShelling cruises though! JOIN US! For info on dates CLICK HERE

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Sanibel sunset through sea oats

Sunset palm trees on captiva

 

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Gone Extreme Shelling- Across the World

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Decorate with shells, Indo Pacific shells, Okinawa Japan Beach Combing, Shell Art, Shell crafts, Sunsets, World shelling | 27 comments

Beach combing in Okinawa Japan for seashells and sea glass

Shellzam!  These are some of the unbelievable shells and bling we’ve found on an extraordinary shelling trip to the other side of the world from our home on Sanibel Island, Florida. Yes, Sanibel is the the most amazing place on the planet for beach combing but when you’re extreme shellers like Clark and me…

Extreme shellers Pam and Clark beach combing Okinawa Japan

We’ve got to explore the awesome beaches around the globe.

Explore the beaches of Okinawa Japan for seashells

Stay tuned for all of the details of our amazing beach combing adventure…

Seashell crafting with a darling Okinawa shell and sea glass sign

in Okinawa, Japan!

okinawa sunset spider conch sea shell

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Shellsational Sunsets at Blind Pass Sanibel

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Brown Spiny Sea star, Hermit crabs, Lightning Whelk, Starfish, Sunsets, Whelk | 15 comments

Conchs clams and scallop shells

As the tide was rushing out of Sanibel’s Blind Pass channel, there were little pockets of semi-buried shells in the sand along the shoreline covered by only 3 inches of water. That’s where the treasures were last night just before sunset. My fave of the evening was that beautiful baby BITTERSWEET in the ARK ing the photo above. Love it!

Sanibel sunset beach finds

Karen and Mark (New Jersey) discovered some of those shell pockets too.

 

Karen and Mark visit Sanibel for shells from New Jersey

They were happy to find some empty shell treasures of their own.

Karens shells found on Sanibel
We all had to be very careful to look inside each shell to make sure there wasn’t a critter living inside of the shell like this teenie tiny HERMIT CRAB I quickly put back in the water after I snapped a photo…

hermit crab inside apple murex Sanibel

This was an even more exciting find… a nice size live healthy LIGHTNING WHELK that I put back in the water exactly how I found it.

Live lightning whelk at Blind Pass Sanibel

The GULF OF MEXICO is alive with beautiful sea creatures living close to shore like these MOLLUSKS, CRABS and this cutie SEA STAR too…

Live starfish stuck on encrusted pen shell Sanibel

And to top it all off there was a shellsational sunset to end a great day.

Sunset with shells at Blind Pass Sanibel

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Seashells And The Gulf Of Mexico

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Birds, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanibel Stoop, Sunsets | 13 comments

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After meeting with some friends at Island Inn Sanibel, I stepped out on their beach to watch sunset… spectacsheller.

Seashells, waves and golden sky

Even the RUDDY TURNSTONES were enjoying the seashells and the warm gentle waves of the Gulf Of Mexico.

Sanibel bird Ruddy Turnstone among seashells

It still takes my breath away to look at this view.

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Espeshelly when I find a hidden treasure.

Lettered olive seashell on Sanibel shell pile

Ahhhh…. can’t you just picture yourself doing that Sanibel Stoop?

Sanibel stoop at sunset

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Sanibel Sunsets and Seashells

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Ribbed Cantharus, Sunsets | 11 comments

sunset over sanibel sea shells

The sunsets this week have been abshellutely breathtaking!

Sanibel sunset shells at Blind Pass

The shelling hasn’t been so bad either.

orange and yellow seashells

I ran into my friend Liddy at Blind Pass on the beach shelling the other night.

Liddy with Sanibel seashell

Omigosh- She picked up the prettiest little orange RIBBED CANTHARUS.

orange ribbed cantharus

Clark’s faves were an ALPHABET CONE and a FLORIDA CONE.

alphabet and florida cone sanibel

Riley from Cape Coral was happy watching a live LIGHTNING WHELK. I love to see beach curiosity.

Boy with a seashell on Sanibel island
Night after night over the past week, we’ve seen the sun setting over beautiful shells on the beach.

Beach combing at Sunset on Sanibel Island Florida

You bet your bottom DOLLAR, I’ll be out there again this week to see another exshellent sunset.

Sand dollar in the Sanibel sunset

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