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Just a few steps from the Sanibel Lighthouse, oodles of seashells were being washed up near the shoreline yesterday.
I overheard Kathy and Karen (Wisconsin) getting very excited about the shells they were finding in the water…
Yes there were! In ankle deep water along the surf line, I saw one shell after another so I quickly got out my video and started filming. This video is uncut and I was continuously filming so you can see how I had to keep working the same area to find all of these shells. Each wave uncovered more shells so I had to be patient. More CYBERSHELLING to the rescue!
As you can see, the shells weren’t obvious since they were buried and filled with sand so I had to keep stooping for better scoops. Sisters Diane (Illinois) and Nancy (Missouri) couldn’t believe how many they found in that one area.
In the video, you briefly see Penny (Wisconsin) stooping in the water a little further out. I think I mumbled something like I hoped she was finding shells out there too. Any way, I ended up meeting Penny and her husband Brian a few minutes afterwards.
We figured out that just around the same time I was filming her out in the water, she found this FLORIDA CONE.
I also drove up to Blind Pass Captiva but that new sand bar in the pass is mostly just sand now but there are still some sweet minis. The Sanibel side of Blind Pass is still producing shells but the tides have been fickle so its been a hit or miss. It’s almost like if you don’t see shells there, just wait 4 more hours and they should be rolling in. I was just so happy to find such goodies at my old fave stomping ground- The Sanibel Lighthouse Beach.
I may not have collected oodles of empty shells from my stroll along the beach at Gulfside City Park but I had a very merry walk seeing hundreds of very merry live MOLLUSKS thankful to have the shells on their very merry backs.
I continued my very merry stroll seeing very merry ROYAL TERNS basking in the very merry sun….
I’d love to take you on this very merry (and very silly) shelling stroll if you’d like to see these very merry creatures and bask in the very merry sun with me. Enjoy the very merry video….
Okay…. On another note…. I can’t stand keeping this a secret one more minute. There’s one more reason we have been very merry (and very busy) this holiday season.
We have a new baby in the house!
Our sweet Dustie has a new little brother…. 6 month old Rustie (Rusty, RustBall, RustBucket, the Rusters, Rustoleum). Clark wanted a kittie for Christmas so we went to the Lee County Animal Services and Rustie picked Clark… but unfortunately he’s a little sick. Awwwww… it’s that kennel krud. He’s on meds and still doesn’t feel all that great but the our vet says he’ll be just fine. Our new little RustBucket looooves to snuggle so we are enjoying doing everything we can to make him comfortable and happy.
And of course since he’s a Rambo now… he loves shelling too!
Join me on our next iLoveShelling Adventure January 3 or January 8! CLICK HERE for more info…
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We found a buffet of seashells at Blind Pass Captiva this morning for our Thanksgiving feast! I’d like to invite you to join us at our shell feast with some Thanksgiving Day CYBERSHELLING! If you like to stay dry doing the Sit ‘N Sift, here’s a shot of the shells on top of one of the piles. It’s completely random so I’m really not sure of whats in here so I hope you find something you like!
I snapped this next photo just before the waves came crashing down on the shells that just washed up. I only had a split second to scan it but you can take all the time you want. Ready to get your toes wet? Gobble ‘em up!
We hope you are enjoying your day with friends and family or having a great time relaxing with the TV marathons or doing whatever gives you peace and thankfulness. Want more beach time? I’ve got so many more photos to show you from today’s shell cornucopia (Shellucopia) that will have to wait another day but for now…
Join me on a Shelling Adventure!…
As long as we’ve lived on Sanibel, there are only a handful of times I have seen ROSEATE SPOONBILLS close enough to get (somewhat) good photos of them. It’s such a special treat to see them!
We saw these ROSEATE SPOONBILLS in the same area we passed on our way to Cayo Costa on the iLoveShelling Captiva Cruise where I showed you the WHITE PELICANS. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to go back there! We didn’t see the WHITE PELICANS this time but I was thrilled when Clark spotted these instead.
I always see them swinging their beaks from side to side through low tide mucky water feeling for tiny fish or shrimp or other crustaceans to feast on. Once their beak comes in contact with food, a special sensory nerve signals their beak to instantly close (I think I have that too- haha). Wouldn’t you like to see them feeding too? Well I thought so, so I took a video of them! Actually I have 2 videos for you but here’s the first one I took a few days ago. Oops! It’s a little shaky since I was sinking in that tidal muck so I was trying to keep my balance! But you’ll get the see how beautiful they are and witness that motion with their beaks for feeding.
I made this next video 2 years ago (my post Roseate Spoonbills At Sanibel Causeway) when I saw quite a few ROSEATE SPOONBILLS near the causeway in Fort Myers. I had a little more time back then so I made a fancy dancy movie with music- I love doing that! If you missed it then, you are in for a treat! Enjoy!
PS- I’ve also seen them multiple times in Ding Darling National Refuge on Sanibel. You just never know where they will show up but that’s a good place to start if you want to spot them.
Being away from Sanibel for even just a few days makes me appreciate every single grain of sand, every petal of each flower, every splash of water lapping up on all of our shell filled beaches. My home sweet home to handfuls of shells…
I couldn’t wait to get my feet on the beach to enjoy my favorite place of peace. While on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass this morning, I met Bonnie from Maryland who showed me her FLORIDA CONE and the rest of her awesome shells she collected (above photo). Then I met Carol from Texas with her shirt filled with treasures…
She said she was extremely happy to be in Sanibel where there are shells to be found. Me too, Carol!
I always love being with my family in Virginia Beach… but there’s no place like Sanibel.
There’s no place like home in paradise.
Oh but wait… there’s more. I went over to the Captiva side of Blind Pass too to find beautifully clear water and an “OLIVE garden”! I took a little video of some of the LETTERED OLIVES I found and just how peaceful the beach was… even when the helicopter flew by. Our mosquitos are controlled with spraying from a helicopter… so that’s always a happy site to see. Enjoy the peace, beach, water and shells!
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It was exciting yet alarming to see so many MANATEES washing up at the shoreline last night! There were more than 7 of these SEA COWS rolling around in the breaking waves …. only a few feet from my toes. My first instinct was… “Omigosh! They are hurt!”. Then…. ummmm… maybe not. Was is still mating season? I couldn’t remember! I immediately called our local US Fish and Wildlife office (I have it on speed dial!) to make sure this was not an emergency.
We saw MANATEES mating last year at the Lighthouse Beach and the year before at Blind Pass… but this looked different. So when I called USF&W and told them there were MANATEES t the shoreline, he kept telling me not to touch them or get close to them. I wanted to say “Of course! They are wild animals and I dont want to disturb them …but I want to know if they need help!”. I starting filming just about the minute I got there so I caught my whole conversation with the fella at USF&W. So it’s funny just to hear my side of the conversation.
So, instead of telling you what happened, you can watch and listen to it on video. This was so cool to see this close encounter! The video is a little long but trust me, I cut it a way shorter than I taped them. I could have stood there for hours- It was so amazing!
So here’s the UPDATE: 8-15-13…. These MANATEES were mating! They weren’t in any danger being so close to the shore the fella from Fish And Wildlife reassured me. I talked to Beth from Blue Dolphin Cottages on West Gulf Drive near this sighting. She said they swam in around 11 am just north of their property and slowly floated along the shoreline until I saw them at 8 pm. The USF&W guy said it would not be unusual if they stayed there all night as well! But Beth told me they were gone by the morning…. but had funny story for me! Since those MANATEES were on their beach the entire day… they left a few stinky gifts on the beach! Bahahhaha. She posted this photo on their Facebook page and said…
“Wonderful guests volunteered for manatee poop removal!”