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

As The Seashells Turn

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Alphabet Cone, Blind Pass, Captiva, Conch, Cone, Horse Conch, Lace Murex, Murex, Panama, World shelling | 21 comments

Junonia sea shell on sand bar

Anthony's junonia

I thought I’d give you another shot of Anthony’s JUNONIA (yesterday’s post) before I move on to….. the rest of the story.

Seashell collecting on Captiva

Seashells and a sit 'n sifter

There were thousands of shells to sift through.

lion's paw and zigzag flat

Lion's paw piece and flat

I figured if I couldn’t find my own JUNONIA then maybe I’d find a LION’S PAW to keep up with Anthony. All I found was this piece…. but it’s a cool piece.

Shelling guide Brian

Shelling guide Brian

Brian Holaway is a shelling guide who even shells when he doesn’t have a tour. He got there 15 minutes after Anthony found his JUNONIA.

Brian's collection of sea shells

Brian's collection

He got some great stuff! LACE MUREX, JUVENILE HORSE CONCH (I have so many pet names for that shell, I never know what to call it… it could get confusing… ie- candy, candy corn, horsie, tink’s mac ‘n cheese, orangie) LETTERED OLIVE, ALPHABET CONE and SHARK’S EYE.

We were having so much fun both talking about where we’ve found what shell throughout the world. I forgot about my expired parking receipt in my car…. and he did too! We both saw the parking “cop” pull in the lot and we both high tailed it and ran as fast as we could to our cars. Whew… saved from a $50 parking ticket.

Sea shells on Brian's dashboard

Sea shells on Brian's dashboard

I looked over at Brian’s car and had to take a picture of the inside of his truck. Two huge WHELKS, a JUNONIA, a big honkin’ KING’S CROWN and a dancing hula girl filled his dashboard.

Panama shells

Panama shells

Then he brings out some shells he found in Panama! That are MOTHER OF PEARL OYSTER, a RADISH MUREX, a LIMPET, and I have no idea what the other one is. I couldn’t believe what I heard…. he wanted me to have them. He gave them to me! He said he found tons of all of them so he wouldn’t miss them. Geez. Thank you, Brian!

Beach sheller Joan

Beach sheller Joan

So when I got back to the beach, I ran into blog shelling sistah Joan! She was tickled to be finding lots of goodies.

Beach sheller Joan copy

Joan's shell treasures

She found a beautiful MOON SNAIL sitting right there in front. So nice to meet you Joan!

Scallop shell

Look how pretty this scallop is!

Nutmeg in shells

Nutmeg in shells

Whew! The seashell adventures of the past few shelling days has been the best early Christmas present ever. I’m now catching my breath and sorting through what we found (they still aren’t cleaned yet- ugh). These were my faves pictured below from night shelling Monday night and yesterday. That’s Clark’s 8 inch LIGHTNING WHELK and candy, I told you about….. but let me name them all any way. Clockwise top left to right- BITTERSWEET, LACE MUREX, LIGHTNING WHELK, piece of a LION’S PAW, FLAT ZIGZAG SCALLOP, SCALLOP, TOP SHELL, NUTMEG, 3 ALPHABET CONES, HORSE CONCH (candy!).

Seashell collection Dec 2010

Our seashell collection

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Seashells from Panama

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Panama, World shelling | 17 comments

Sherrill’s Shells from Panama

Who knew? I didn’t!  Do shells like these really roll up in the surf in Panama, Central America?

UPDATE: After further research, these are NOT shells from Panama. These shells must have been bought in a store then thrown on the beach… I call these Wedding Shells- CLICK HERE for info on WEDDING SHELLS.


My friend and book club buddy SHERRILL visited Panama a couple of months ago and told me she had found some shells walking the beach. Look at these CONES, CONCHS and COWRIES! Not to mention all of those other beauties that I can’t even name.

Sherrill’s seashells from Panama

Like I mentioned, she told me she found some shells but I never got by her house to see them. So Tuesday night, I hostess our monthly book club (SanCap Last Minute Literary Guild – yep, that’s us! LOL) meeting and she brought her shells to show all of us. We all were stunned! Clark had been banned to the back room while we had our meeting but I knew he couldn’t miss these shells. As soon as he saw them he said “I know where our next vacation will be if that’s where they came from”.  Thank you Sherrill!

BTW- We read the book South of Broad by Pat Conroy. It was an excellent book and a great discussion for any book club.

Don’t forget! This is the LAST DAY to enter The Sanibel Lighthouse Giveaway!

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