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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Shellebrating Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Island Inn, Lettered Olive, Olive, Sanibel Hotels, Sanibel Seashells Surf Video, Video | 19 comments

Beach combing on shell filled Sanibel shore line

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to breathe the salty air with a walk along the shell filled beach at the Island Inn this morning.

Seashell beach on Sanibel Island

I didn’t collect many shells today because I just wanted to hear the ocean sounds, smell the beach, feel the sea breeze and to see the amazing view. Sanibel beach with lots of shells

… And give a little thanks to Mother Earth for this paradise I call home on Earth Day.

shells on the beach with cloudy skies

I asked Lynn from Charleston, SC if she had found any treasures and she replied with “Every single shell on this beach is a treasure”.

Lynn visit Sanibel from SC to find shells

I feel the same Lynn!

purple scallops and cone shell in netted bag

John from Rhode Island plopped right now in the water and waves where he was finding all sorts of treasures. He found an amazing live purple FIGHTING CONCH that he gently put back in the water to live a healthy life after we all admired it.

John visits Sanibel from RI finds conch shell

After this little SEA STAR said “Hello” then waved “Good Bye”, the surf washed in and took her right back out to sea. Hmmm… Or maybe she was saying “Raise your hand if you Love Shelling!”

Raise you hand if you Love Shelling along with Sunny Sea Star

This OLIVE shell was playing “Hide ‘N Seek” with me.

Olive among sea shells and waves

A beautiful treasure may be right in front of you but if you don’t appreciate it when you can, it may disappear in a moment. Always keep your eye on the ball… well, in this case… the SHELL. 😉 [youtube]https://youtu.be/G3l8eKwuhXE[/youtube]

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Sanibel Wishes and Memories

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Dolphin video, Sanibel Lighthouse Seashell Video, Sanibel Seashells Surf Video, Video | 30 comments

sanibel shell tree

As I was shelling yesterday, I thought of all the amazing sightings I get to witness on Sanibel’s beaches. Feeling very content and fortunate, I still picked up a shell to add to this shell tree so I could make a wish.

adding to shell treee

Afterwards, I walked back to the shoreline to find a yellow ONE TOOTH SIMNIA on a golden SEA WHIP. I immediately thought of Gina from Shelabaloo 2.

yellow one tooth simnia

Then I was captured by the sight of a guy on a SUP standup paddle board against the aqua water and brilliant blue sky. I got out my video camera and started filming the peaceful sight. A DOLPHIN popped out of the water right in front of him and he “whooped” with excitement. Wow!

sup and dolphin

Finding the simple pleasures in life make wishes come true. This inspired me to make another video…. Sanibel Wishes. Open your eyes to take in whats right in front of you… then make a wish.[youtube]http://youtu.be/dgmIn9Lq2TY[/youtube]

I not only placed a shell on the shell tree for a wish, I also placed shells on a castle built for the memory of a shelling friend.

brett's shell memorial

There are people I meet on the beach for a brief moment but I feel I have an immediate kinship. Brett was one of those people.

ian brett jeff shellers sanibel

Sanibel wishes and memories.

brett shares sanibel shells

My thoughts are with you Ian, Jeff, Connie, John and your families.

 

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Shelling At Low Tide Near Tarpon Beach

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Sanibel Seashells Surf Video | 28 comments

low tide shelling June 2013

When the sand bars are exposed just off the shore line, it’s so much fun to see what you can find in all the nooks and crannies of the sand barely covered by water. On yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I walked quite a few beaches for the Super Moon really low tide but I didn’t get a chance to show you what the beach looked like near Tarpon Beach (closest public parking is Trost Lot off Tarpon Bay Rd). Each beach looks so different! I took a quick video to show you what I found in the shallow water in between the sand bar and the shoreline…  And you’ll see how I found the favorite shell of the day I showed you… the BROAD PAPER COCKLEAs I was walking, I saw the shape and color looked so different from the other fragments so I bent down to see what it was. Aha! [youtube]http://youtu.be/2xNsAEgGgMc[/youtube]

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Sanibel Seashells In The Surf

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Atlantic Giant, Calico, Cockle, Dosinia, Sanibel, Sanibel Seashells Surf Video, Sea Cucumber | 20 comments

Sanibel seashells by Sundial

Ten minutes. This is how long it took to find these little minis in the surf line by Fulger Street yesterday evening. Yes, I have an advantage, Super Sheller Clark was with me ….but still, it’s a nice little assortment. There is a beautiful sand bar visible at low tide that collects miniatures shells and lots of the big FIGHTING CONCHS, WHELKS and basically the Sanibel Six right in between the bars.

Here’s a video to show you exactly where we were, what to look for and how to pick them out…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGBRYTs_krk[/youtube]

We found other goodies too yesterday …..

seashells in the sundial surf

No, I didn’t find these three lovelies all together like this but I found all three in the shallow water half way buried within…oh, maybe 20 yards of each other. Then a walked along to find these….

Sanibel mollusk shells

A few other finds along the way…..

Sea cucumber sandwich

I call this the “sea cucumber sandwich”. Ha! I found this SEA CUCUMBER inside a double DOSINIA. A cuke in a blanket!

Calico Scallop  in shallows

The CALICO SCALLOPS are so colorful!

Shell collectors Michelle Aggie

Michelle and Aggie (MI) were collecting DOSINIAS, COCKLES and FIGHTING CONCHS.

Empty cockle shell

Michelle found a few empty ATLANTIC GIANT COCKLES with both sides together.

Pear whelk sky

Aggie was especially happy she found this little sweet PEAR WHELK.

Wentle in water

Shallow water wonderland.

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