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So Many Beach Discoveries So Little Time

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Shells in the water of Sanibel Island Florida

Gulfside City Park beach has still been my fave beach this week to find shells. And I found my other type of fave treasures… fun shelling peeps like Snugharbor Kim!

Kim digging for shells at low tide Sanibel

She was sifting through the water at low tide uncovering beautiful shells like this…

kim shells found at Gulf side city park beach on Sanibel Island

She was on a girls shelling adventure for the week with our friends Moira and Traci. All three of these girls met each other because of their passion for shelling and they decided to take a trip together- wow! How fun! It was so much fun for me to see them together because I’ve met each of them on different occasions shelling on Sanibel. Yep, if Traci looks familiar its because she was part of our very first  Shellabalooso much fun! I’ve known Moira for years after meeting on a sand bar at Blind Pass when I first started blogging and I met Kim years ago shelling at Lighthouse Beach where I learned about phooning and geocaching- hahaha. OMG I love that shelling brought these fun gals together for a fun week in Sanibel! “Hinkle!”

Moira Traci Kim shelling Sanibel

I also saw Chris, Belle, Olivia and Lynn from Maryland with big smiles after finding sunshine and seashells.

Chris Belle Olivia Lynn MD visit Sanibel for sea shells

Even though Clark and I don’t want to pick up many shells these days, we can’t stay away from the beach. I’m obsessed by it. It calls me and I can’t stay away. It’s just that I really don’t need any more shells … although I always find another shell that has a different color variation that I’ve never seen before or there is something that I can’t identify so I bring it home to research it. But seriously, I don’t NEED any more shells. I haven’t even organized (or cleaned) a few bins I have sitting and waiting in the Shellaboratory. There are some awesome shells in this mess I need to sort!

unorganized shells in containers

We try to only take what we can learn from or what we use to decorate with so when we bring them home we try to sort but as you see in the last photo, it doesn’t always happen. Life happens. But before you ask….  no, we don’t sell any of our shells. We collect lots of different shells so that we can learn from them… then share this fascinating world that washes up on our Lee County beaches so that you can identify your treasures and know the differences and color variations when you come to visit. If we don’t need them any more for the learning process, we give them away to our causes like in my post Feeling Good About Seashells.

storing sea shells collected in Sanibel

So I have been trying to sort shells and BEACH BLING so I can easily find things to take photographs when I do identification posts like seashell EGG CASINGS I did back in March- CLICK HERE.

classifying egg cases

I’ve been saving all sizes of glass jars to sort and organize all the different shells, bling and even special jars for things like “Shells with holes“. So when it’s too hot in the middle of the afternoon like this last week, I’ve been sorting and organizing in my “Shellaboratory“.

sorting beach bling in containers

I’m not sure how anybody can resist the call of the sea when there are so many discoveries to made in any beautiful afternoon on the beaches of Sanibel.
Marissa scooping sea shells on Sanibel

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Fulgurator olive in a pile of Kittens paws

Among thousands of KITTEN’S PAW shells that washed in by the jetty rocks on Captiva Island’s Blind Pass yesterday, a very cool FULGURATOR OLIVE rolled up from the surf as well. Can you even see it in the photo above? It’s almost camo-ed, right? It was a happy day Linda from South Carolina (right) who was the lucky gal who found it! Shellzam! Here she is with her awesome shell along with her family Keith and Hannah.

Keith, Hannah and Linda show sea shells found on Captiva

These are just a few of the other shells they found there too…

Shells found on Captiva Island July 2014

There were so many CERITHS too but Hannah was loving all of the “PAWS” since she a Tiger. A Clemson Fighting Tiger!

Hannahs Captiva Shells

Hannah wasn’t the only one loving the PAWS, Sarah is a Clemson Tiger too. Sarah and her mom Shannon (Greenville, SC) were new to shelling so being surrounded by so many PAWS on vacation in Florida felt like a warm welcome mat rolled out especially for them.

Sarah and Shannon collect kittens paw shells on Captiva

KITTENS weren’t the only PAWS washing up on the beach, Linda and I found a few fragments of LIONS PAWS too… and some other sweet shells.

My sweet shells I found on Captiva Island

Just a few days ago, only sand and waves were crashing on the shore but then came a line of SEAWEED… then a mound of shells. You just never know what to expect until you get there.

Blind Pass Captiva shells

Wanna CYBERSHELL? Click on the next photo. Meow!

Kittens paw shells on Captiva

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Boat O’ Shellowship

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seeing live horse conch while snorkeling

We had another exshellent shelling adventure to Cayo Costa yesterday with brilliant blue skies and turquoise water as a perfect backdrop for beach combing and snorkeling.

shellers snorkel in south west florida

And of course we found a few beautiful shells for souvenirs to remember the day forever.

shells we find in sw florida

I was thrilled to meet shellers like Hannah and her mom Bonnie (from Kentucky) to start our day…

hannah bonnie ky

Mother Nature is a funny lady sometimes, you know? We normally find the mini shells and BABYS EARS on the bay side where the boat pulls up but came up a little empty handed. Then we turned the corner of the point of the island and finally found a line of shells to comb through…

shells on a beach in florida

We finally started to find the spot where the BABYS EARS were hiding. Sharon And Bob from San Antonio Mike were lucky enough to have spotted a perfect specimen.sharon bob san antonio visit sanibel beaches

JoAnne from SC found the right spot to collect a bucket of shells to take home for “camp” projects for their grandkids this summer. Fun!

mike JoAnne SC shelling sw florida

I was very excited to see Amy (with her husband Rodney) spot one of the biggest BABYS EARS Ive ever seen.

amy rodney mo babys ear shell sw florida

Shelling Sistah Lisa Feds was on the cruise with us too and she showed me her best find of the day…

lisa feds finds olive gold sw floridalisa feds finds olive gold sw florida

She struck OLIVE gold. It has the golden color form of a GOLDEN OLIVE with some beautiful flecks of chocolate. Gorgeous!

gold olive cayo costa

Joyce from Pennsylvania showed me shell to identify…

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I had to break out laughing… It’s an IMPERIAL VENUS! I just wrote about this shell on my last post since it was the first time I had found one. This one is either very beach weathered or its a fossil but either way- I love this find!

imperial venus clam cayo costa

Meet the Shellmans! I am very jealous (shellous) of Mark and Sue of North Carolina since their last name is Shellman! LOL I think you have to be a sheller if you are lucky enough to have that last name.

mark sue north carolina visit sanibel for shells


Diana and Mike from Kansas City found a few treasures but as nice as Mike’s KINGS CROWN was, he placed it back in the water since a HERMIT CRAB had taken up residence in that beautiful shell. Those CRABS always pick the nicest shells to call home, don’t they? I guess I don’t blame them.

diana mike kansas city vacation to florida for shells


Rachelle and Justin from Missouri have lots of shelling stories and do lots of crafts with the shells they find. Rachelle embellished her visor with shells on the bill and even made her collapsable mesh shell bag. I wish I had gotten a closeup photo- they both are so cool.

rachelle justin missouri vacation in florida for seashells

Shaun and Kevin from Colorado Springs had some pretty good luck finding some nice shells to take home.

shaun kevin from Colorado on shelling vacation captiva cruise boat

These are a few of their favorite shells…

sea shells collected in south west florida


Emma and Candy from New York are avid shellers and both have different styles of shelling. Emma worked the wrack line on the beach and her mom Candy snorkeled the entire time at Cayo Costa. She said she had a blast.

emma candy from ny vacation in florida for shells

We had a bunch of really fun shellers on this iLoveShelling cruise that it was a pleasure to meet.. especially Timothy, Sue, Karen and Diana. They were decked out in their iLS JUNONIA shirts to celebrate the shelling day.

timothy sue karen diana finding seashells in sw florida

I can’t tell you how fun it is to get this many shellers together that all love shelling as much as I do to talk about shells. It’s not just all about finding gobs of shells (although thats nice too), its about the whole experience of getting together. We all tell fun stories about what we are finding… and in these stories… we found out that Timothy found a JUNONIA at Blind Pass Captiva the day before. Emma found two (2!) JUNONIAS as the same place 2 days in a row. And Emily found a JUNONIA at the same place at the same time… and was there when Timothy found his! They all brought their JUNONIAS on the cruise with them! I love the shellowship and I love to share the shelling love.

timothy emma emily found junonias at blind pass captiva

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