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… [youtube]http://youtu.be/4o9ctkQO3dY[/youtube]
Join me on a Shelling Adventure!…
We usually see beautiful seashells rolling on to the beach next to the jetty rocks on Captiva at Blind Pass but the best shelling spot has now moved down the beach. I walked the shoreline from the jetty to find Eldon wading through the water with a hand full of seashells. He said he was only snorkeling for 5 minutes to find all of the empty gorgeous FIGHTING CONCHS pictured above. Here is Eldon with Ronda and his darling son Micah…
As I walked further down the beach into Captiva, I overheard Stacey telling her daughter Gracie that she just missed a good shell in one of the waves that washed in. She said ” This is just like shopping at HomeGoods! If you see something you want, you better snag it up right away because it won’t be there in another second.” LOL It’s so true! Here’s Gracie and Stacey showing off some of their shells that didn’t get away.
Jennifer and Cindy were thrilled to wade in the clear shallow water to find LIGHTNING WHELKS and lots of CONCHS.
The CONCHS are so beautiful!
I was thrilled to find candy! A HORSE CONCH and a BITTERSWEET were my fave finds.
I took a short video to show you where this new spot is and how far it is from the jetty rocks at Blind Pass Captiva on this beautiful beach.
So Exciting! When I arrived at Blind Pass Captiva yesterday morning, I saw that guy catch a fish while everybody else was wallowing in the joy of the big shell pile. Happiness.
Chris (Calgary, Canada) found this very big WENTLETRAP right there! I was thinking the same thing as you are right now….. a WENTLETRAP at Blind Pass? I don’t see many people find them right there so that was a really good find in my book.
His daughter Kyla found a piece of JUNONIA. Any piece is a good piece!
My friends Courtney and Eileen (Sanibel) were having a blast soaking in this gorgeous day with the bonus of a huge shell pile…
Eileen found this very colorful FLAT SCALLOP … but hold on… I know you will notice that tattoo just like I did so I’ll tell you what it “says”. It’s her mother’s signature. Is she cool, or what? She is definitely a piece of art work!
Courtney found my favorite shell of the day.
I hope yall dont think I’m crazy but it’s an awesome ATLANTIC WING OYSTER with both sides still attached.
Look at the inside of this shell…it’s like opening up a beautiful pearl!
I found lots of The Sanibel Six shells but only one ALPHABET CONE. It has this crazy pointy hat on top! I know it’s old and worn but I still really like it.
Barbara was doing an excellent job of the Sit ‘n Sift filling up her kitchen strainer. So smart! One less step when she gets home to clean them. 😉
There were lots of CHESTNUT TURBANS mixed in with WHELKS and FIGHTING CONCHS…
A pretty BITTERSWEET CLAM!
I think there was only about 5 shellers when I got the “mound” but within an hour, it was a ShellFest!
I’ve got several videos so I here’s the first one. Happy Weekend!
Gulf Side City Park Sanibel
I wish I had a little more time to beachcomb through all of those PEN SHELLS in this really wide shell wrack at Gulf side City Park beach but I only had a few minutes. If you are in the area, I would definitely suggest hitting this beach in the next few days. Looks like a ton of good shells!
Gulf Side City Park shells
I did have time to mingle with this wonderful family of shellers and found out that our blog buddy Melissa Ruiz (she is a frequent commenter!) was among them. It was so nice to meet all of them!
Pam, Luna, Ruben, Melissa and Emily
This afternoon Clark and I headed to Blind Pass since we are getting 10 mph and up north winds. This is what we found….. Sit ‘N Sifters!
Seashell Sit N Sifters
Sifting for seashells
This is one of my favorite things to do, join in on a shelling Sit ‘N Sifter group. Everybody digs and digs, then all the sudden someone shouts out the name of their latest find “Ooooo, an OLIVE!”. That’s how we met this next shelling family. After sifting around and sharing shells, we learned that Trey and Bill won this trip to Sanibel from working at Budweiser. I asked the logical question of “What’d you do to win the trip?”. Trey answered with the more logical answer….. “We sold a heck of a lot of beer.”
Misti, Trey, Wendy and Bill (Aiken, South Carolina)
You’ll see in the video that the sand bar is barely showing now in the pass because A) it was high tide and B) the sand has shifted and flattened out a bit. The sand looks like it has shifted more towards the Sanibel side but not in high mounds.
Since there the shells weren’t coming in with the waves (yet), Clark even plopped down and sifted with us. Here’s a short video of This Bud’s….. I mean…Conch’s For You…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx5L_vqAoGA[/youtube]
On Top of Shell Mountain
The shells are still rolling in on Captiva at Blind Pass!
Lace Murex on shell pile
The shells are beauties. This little LACE MUREX was just perfect.
Seashell beach on Captiva Island, Florida
I didn’t have long to hang out on the beach but it was enough time to see that we might be able to enjoy this shell mound for weeks digging through every inch.
Blogger Maria from Endless Sunner
I was tickled to meet seaglass jewelry artist / blogger Maria from Endless Sunner. She was snatching up WHELKS, TULIPS and CONCHS. Hmmmm. I wonder if we’ll see some of her found shells in her jewelry pieces soon. I bet we do!
seashells gulf waters Captiva
Shelling for horse conchs
This guy (I didn’t even get his name! Sorry Dude, I was too overwhelmed) is holding a bright orange HORSE CONCH he just picked up. This is only one of five horsies that he found along with several CONES (ALPHABET and FLORIDA). I found two horsies too.
Shell lines with water
Shells water jetty
Junonia seashell part
Awwww. Only a piece of a JUNONIA. I heard that someone found TWO yesterday.
Seashells line the beach
You get a better idea of what this shell mound piling up looks like on this video. I didn’t do any fancy editing or music… it’s raw excitement of seeing so many shells. I almost dropped the camera going after this ZIGZAG FLAT SCALLOP . Hope you enjoy, wish you were here![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4uLHcHpGks[/youtube]
PS- I’m so looking forward to the golf cart parade and luminary this weekend! I’m still working on my “float”. If you haven’t heard what going on this weekend, CLICK HERE or the picture below.