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It’s beautiful on Sanibel and the shelling is fantastic this weekend.
But the best thing is… I’ve got family visiting from Virginia Beach on the island!
My mom, my sister Lynda and my brother Doug are here for a few days…
We are enjoying everything about the island..
Especially the shelling.
A mountain of shells washed in with the tide over the weekend at Blind Pass Captiva!
Picking up shells in my first fifteen minutes produced these awesome shells and bling…
Todd and his sister-in-law Amy from New York were there early Sunday morning to pick through the pile.
Theses are just a few of their faves- Shelltastic!
Loretta from Cape Coral was lucky enough to be there too…
She was looking for the other half of this JUNONIA piece…
I had no idea this pile at Blind Pass Captiva had formed on Saturday morning until I met Todd and his wife at sunset Saturday night. They told me they were there to witness the beach at Blind Pass go from only sand to that mound of shells in just a few hours…. and I missed it. Dang! But it was so much fun to talk to hear them talk about how it was just like one of my videos- heehee. It’s really hard to imagine until you see it for your very own eyes because it doesn’t happen very often. At least I was able to be there Sunday morning and to see them again on the shell mound.
While Todd and his family were at Blind Pass on Saturday, Clark and I scoped out Lighthouse Beach and Gulfside City Park.
We still had a great time meeting Nora from Cape Coral who found a bag full of great shells but her fave was this perfect ALPHABET CONE.
We found plenty of empty FIGHTING CONCHS, WHELKS and BANDED TULIPS but my fave finds were the smallest ones… a gorgeous TRUE TULIP and the prettiest little GULF OYSTER DRILL I’ve ever seen.
Well, wait a minute. My fave finds just may have been meeting Carter from Wyoming and his parents Dawn and Jason. They love shelling too!
Hopefully the Gulf Of Mexico will continue to deliver treasures to our shore in Southwest Florida this week…
But Mother Nature has a way of taking these big shell mounds back out to sea just a quickly as she washed them up.
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I found a fist full of dollars at Gulfside City Park Beach this weekend. SAND DOLLARS, that is.
The evening low tide revealed live and dead SAND DOLLARS (CLICK HERE to see the difference between live and dead SAND DOLLARS)… but the coolest thing was to see all of the other living creatures we don’t get to see often. Look at this awesome live SHARKS EYE. Cool!
This is a live pear whelk…
You wanna guess what live MOLLUSK this next photo is? It came out of a hole in the sand then made a trail along the sand bar. It’s long and white.
Here’s another photo… I’ll let you think about it then I’ll tell you at the end of this post.
Look at this beautiful flowering purple SEA ANEMONE. Gorgeous!
Since we had two nice low tides each day this weekend (one at sunrise and one at sunset), I even got out to Lighthouse Beach at sunrise (I know, that’s unlike me! haha) to see thousands of live FIGHTING CONCHS invading the beach.
Most were alive but there were a few empties scattered on the beach…
It’s always overwhelming to see so many…
Among the live creatures, there were a few empty gifts from the sea as well. Gorgeous BANDED TULIP.
Awesome orange CHESTNUT TURBAN…
And lots of other empty gems I found half buried in the sand to reveal their gorgeous selves.
Oh and the live MOLLUSK pictured above with the trail? It’s a BABYS EAR! Cool, huh? To see more LIVE BABYS EARS… CLICK HERE
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