Archive for Cyber Shelling
Our Sanibel and Captiva beaches were pounded by 4 to 6 foot waves for three days because of high northwest winds from Hurricane Sandy so I assumed we would have lots of shells at Blind Pass Sunday morning at low tide. I was wrong… so I kept moving.
Gulf Side City Park showed promise!
It’s always a good sign to see PEN SHELLS! They get washed up first in a good storm so you know that there are better collectable shells on the way. I was lucky to see a SEA WHIP caught in this group of PEN SHELLS. I love these purple ones.
After walking east only 1/4 mile, we found a nice shell pile!
My first find… a beautiful dark WORMIE!
And a candy corn for Halloween. See it trying to hide?
Then I found a TULIP, WHELK and CONCH…
I saw Kim from Michigan find a gorgeous TRUE TULIP rolling in the surf.
Are you ready to go shelling? Okay, then… Let’s go CYBER SHELLING! Click on the next photo to enlarge this random photo I took of the shell pile. Notice how many beautiful SCALLOPS there are…
I think today will be even better but I’ll never know until I get there. As we all know, the beach changes every single day but I think Blind Pass will take another day to load up with shells so I’m headed back to one of Sanibel’s mid island beaches…. like Gulf Side City Park again.
Hurricane Sandy may be bringing us a few new shells to get excited about but we are very worried about all of you and our families that are up north bracing for Sandy and the “Super Storm” (as they are calling it). Please be safe!
It’s not unusual to see COWNOSE RAYS swimming along Sanibel’s shoreline… but this was the first time we witnessed a beautiful SPOTTED EAGLE RAY surfing along the coast near shore today. I got him on video so you can see too! We saw this guy half way between Blind Pass and Bowman’s Beach while participating in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup organized by SCCF. It was really fun but I’ll show you photos of that later since I can’t wait another minute to show you Spot, The Sanibel SPOTTED EAGLE RAY. See Spot swim!
Okay, I know… I’ve gotten lots of requests for more cyber shelling so to hold yall over, we saw this on our walk today…. find as many as you can!
Here you go Cyber Shellers! Now you can virtually shell from the comfort of your own home with the help of this wonderful world wide web. Go ahead, click on the next photo so you can be right there on the beach with me when thousands of shells were piling up at Blind Pass Captiva days after Hurricane Isaac passed by in the Gulf Of Mexico. I did not arrange any of these shells! This is exactly what it looked like as they rushed up with each wave so try to find as many shells that you can!
On your mark… get set…. SHELL!
If you need help with identifying any shells, click here on my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page.
PS- Please accept my apologies for those of you that I met on the beach this week and have not yet shown off your treasures. This week was so very eventful, I had to take a day or 2 to catch up. I promise I will post them soon because y’all are MY treasures! xo
When the winter winds start coming from the north, we (shellers, maybe not sun worshippers) welcome the chilly, high winds because we know that they will be bringing shells soon. That’s exactly what happened last night… wind gusts of 30 mph coming from the NW so I already found some goodies at Blind Pass Captiva this morning. I took a virtually shelling video to share the beach combing walk. I don’t know why I said winds of 12 mph… they were higher than that. AND I can’t believe how many good shells I missed! There was a WORMIE sitting right there and I didn’t even see it! And there was a LIGHTNING WHELK in the crevice of the rock that I didn’t see either! Dang! But I did find another one. I didn’t have my coffee yet so maybe that’s why I was a little spacey. Any hoo…. enjoy the cyber shelling…
PS- I still haven’t gotten a chance to photograph Clark’s monster shells yet so bear with me. It might even get pushed back a few more days too since this shelling weather has moved in- hopefully we will be a bit busy!
I found that CARRIER SHELL I showed you on my last post Carried Away By A Carrier Shell but since I was so excited, I didn’t get to show you the rest of the shells I found. Aren’t the beautiful? It was an amazing day.
But wait, I’ve got a shell pile for you cyber shellers out there! I promise, I did not touch one thing in this pile before I took the next picture. But be careful! If you click on this photo to enlarge it, you might have a little sensory overload. Use caution, please.
OMG I just looked at that photo again! I missed another CONE!!! Did you spot it? TWO cones…. and I just looked again- maybe THREE. I worked this pile a while so I could have gotten it on another swipe but I definitely didn’t get it on the first run. I guess I was gathering every ounce of patience not to pluck this WORMIE, CANDIE and ALPHIE (notice the ultra cuteness clue of the “ie”endings) off the beach so I could take the picture.
So just a few minutes after finding this little seashell honey hole, I found the CARRIER SHELL and had to do a video. I hope you can see some of the other shells in that “troth” (I don’t think I’ve ever called it that before, but it sure did seem like one- LOL).
Oh yeah, something else cool…there was a live four legged BRITTLE STAR in one of the tidal pools.