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Jan
29

Boring Turret Not So Boring

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boring turritella auger cerith worm shell differences

Who wants to do some CYBERSHELLING??!! I’ve got it for you! There are days on Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach when there are so many great shells washing up to your toes on the beach you feel like you hit the lottery. And there are other days when you just might have to look in the unlikely shell lines high up on the beach to find your hidden treasures. This, my friends, is why I fell in love with shelling….being surprised at finding a beautiful seashell gift of the sea that everybody else passed right on by without a glance. Click on this next photo for some CYBERSHELLING of your own. See if you can find my newest treasure… a BORING TURRET (Turritella acropora)!

cybershelling for boring turrit

Did you find it? Ha! Of course you did because you are on to me now, aren’t you.  I put it right in the middle of the photograph- LOL. I found 2  BORING TURRITS in the same area I found my CROSS-HATCHED LUCINES on the new beach/sand bar Blind Pass Captiva.

Turritella acropora boring turretella captiva florida

It looks very similar to the AUGERS…

size of turritella and auger sanibel florida

Gail Carr (from my last post) found 3 of them!

boring turrets sanibel captiva gail

Susan H showed me a beautiful specimen of a BORING TURRITELLA when she was here in December.

boring turret Turritella acropora susan h

Also back in December, brother and sister Greg and Debbie were finding all sorts of great shells…

greg debbie brother sister shelling

But with all the hoopla about folks finding CABRITS MUREXES, JUNONIAS and LIONS PAWS, I never got to show you Debbie’s precious find. The one I liked the most was Debbie’s BORING TURRET.

boring turritella december sanibel shell

 There are many shells from Southwest Florida that may look similar to the BORING TURRET so I’d like to show you a side by side comparison so you will be able to distinguish your shells too. Now you can see how different they are!  From left to right-  BORING TURRET, AUGER, CERITH and WORM SHELL.

boring turritella auger cerith worm shell differences

Can you guess which other shell in this group is in the same family TURRITELLIDAE as the “BORING” one? The WORM SHELL!

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Dec
28

Boating and Beach Combing- Lovers Key

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collect shells bonita beach florida lovers key park

Even though we’ve had good luck finding shells on Sanibel in the last week, it’s fun to visit other Southwest Florida beaches to see what different treasures are washing up. Since we haven’t taken our boat out in lawd knows how long, it was time to dust the Shellfish off and get out on the water.

boating lovers key

With the holiday hustle and bustle in high gear, Clark and I wanted a day to relax, float about and shell to our hearts content without a schedule.

lovers key beach florida

 It was an exshellent day for boating and beach combing on Lovers Key.

olives whelks telling moon venus angel wing worm

Here’s a closer look at the sweet shells we found. I’m always so happy when we find ROSE PETAL TELLINS! They are just …. well… pink and happy but we don’t find them as often on the beaches of Sanibel. And you know it’s a good day when we find WORMIES… oh yaya. So of course these are all my faves but the SHARKS EYE is a standout as well as that very bright yellowish PEAR WHELK on the top. You may have noticed that the SHARK’S EYE is nesting in a BUTTERCUP LUCINE, but did you notice the bivalve that the ROSE PETAL TELLINS are nesting in? It’s a CHALKY BUTTERCUP LUCINE. It’s a little hard to tell how much bigger it is than the “regular” BUTTERCUP LUCINE but you can see how much bigger it is if you look back at the first photo. It’s always fun to find shells we dont see that often on Sanibel… even if its a not-so-collectable bivalve like the beautiful ANGEL WINGS.

seashells from lovers key bonita beach florida

On our boat ride back to the marina, we spotted two DOLPHINS jumping out of the water in the wake of a pretty big boat. Weeeeee! I can’t believe I got a picture of them!

dolphin watching fort myers beach florida

Sending sunshine and seashells to you all.  Errrr… well, Carolina Girl Karen… that would be “Cyber sunshine and virtual seashells”. LOL

dolphins jumping for myers beach florida

Join us for a Shelling Adventure!

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seashell collection from cayo costa florida scotch bonnet

It was a spectacsheller day of shelling on the Captiva Cruise’s iLoveShelling shell seeker boat adventure to the secluded island of Cayo Costa yesterday. There were so many different varieties of shells that were found on our treasure hunt but I was especially excited for Karen from Kentucky when she showed me this awwwesome SCOTCH BONNET she picked up. Boom Shellalaka!

scotch bonnet shell southwest florida coast cayo costa

I was so much fun to meet and shellebrate with Karen’s whole family Tim, Elizabeth, Jane, (Karen) and Lesley after having such great finds…

tim, elizabeth, jane, karen, lesley KY shelling cruise

But hold on. Karen wasn’t the only one to find a SCOTCH BONNET. Oh yaya… Two SCOTCH BONNETS were found! Shellzam!

scotch bonnets found cayo costa florida captiva cruises iLS

While on the boat ride back, we were showing off Karen’s SCOTCH BONNET when I saw Megan from Ohio holding the same shell in her hand too. OMG! We had to get these two gals and their shells together for a photo. Here are super shellers Karen and Megan!

karen megan match scotch bonnets cayo costa

I found out that Megan and her family were having a fun game going on for their vacation… The Shell-Oympics. Ha! They set rules and points for their shell finds to try to take the gold medal- so cute! But I think Megan just pulled ahead but they still have the rest of the week.  Here are the other Shellympic athletes Gary and Amber with Megan. (So Sorry I didn’t get mom in the photo!)

gary amber megan OH shelling cruise

That’s not all folks. Seconds of stepping off the boat (seriously, I’m talking seconds), Hunter from Georgia saw a small part of this LIGHTNING WHELK sticking out of the sand so he reached down to unbury this beauty. Way to go Hunter- I should call you ShellHunter instead of just Hunter! Now that’s what I call finding buried treasure.

hunter GA whelk cayo costa iLoveShelling

Hunter’s brother Walker spotted this BABY’S EAR by walking around to the gulf side where the shell piles had formed around the tree roots. Hmmmm… I think I’m channeling my Cherokee in my blood… I really want to give him a name too. ShellWalker! (You saw that coming, didn’t you?) Way to go ShellWalker!

walker found babys ear cayo costa captiva cruise iLoveShelling

I was so happy to see Sheri Zipp and her daughter Samantha on the cruise with us too. They have been coming to Sanibel for years and I met Sheri almost 4 years ago when I first started this blog and she was one of the first people to ever comment. I’m forever grateful for all of your encouragement. …and… Nice WORMIE!

sheri samantha worm shell cayo costa florida

I was thrilled for Diane to find this gorgeous LIGHTNING WHELK with such deep color.

diane lighting whelk cayo costa iLoveShelling cruise

lightning whelk i Love Shelling cruise cayo costa

The Millers from Michigan were finding gigantic SOUTHERN QUAHOGS (I wish I had gotten a close up of those QUAHOGS. They were ginormous!) and lots of OLIVES…

the millers cayo costa florida with shells

Sweet Teri traveled all the way from California to vacation on the gulf coast of Florida to find shells.

TERI ca traveling to florida for shell collecting

She was filling up two different bags of shell. Her first bag was for the larger shells like the GIANT ATLANTIC COCKLES and SOUTHERN QUAHOGS then the other bag was for the smaller shells like the JINGLES, SCALLOPS and those two fab WORM SHELLS shown here…

teri shells collected gulf coast florida cayo coast island

Ha! I met William and Sarah at the wooden bulkhead on Sanibel the other night and they showed up at the cruise too! They always have such great smiles and were tickled to find this nice size old HORSE CONCH … aka- a great yard yard shell. They said since the other side isn’t completely there, they will use it on their front porch or in the garden when they take it back to Kentucky.

william sarah ky captiva cruises iLoveShelling trip

Happy 40th Anniversary Wendell and Mary! Awwww. That goes to show you- couples that shell together, stay together. heehee. You are a beautiful couple and you both still look like kids!

mary wendell IND shells cayo costa iLSmary wendell IND shells cayo costa iLS

Eddie Maguire and his wife Beth were on the cruise too. I met Eddie on the iLoveShelling facebook page as he always has such nice and positive comments so it’s finally nice to put a face with the name. So nice to meet you both! (Oh gosh Beth- I didn’t realize your eyes are closed but you are so cute even with your eyes closed, I didnt think you would mind.)

eddie mcguire beth i Love Shelling captiva cruise

 We all really had such a good time and it was a pleasure to hang out with so many awesome people who love to shell just as much as I do. It’s always such a bonus to be able to take shells home as memories of such a shelltastic day. Shells like this…

mini seashells inside a cockle shell

And this…

lots of lettered olives collected cayo costa

and this…

hand full of shells from cayo costa shelling cruise iLoveShelling

But leaving the beautiful living creatures like these CLOUDY PERIWINKLES where they belong on the beach and on the stumps exposed at low tide…

periwinkle snails on stump cayo costa florida

Thank you all for a special day filled with gifts from the sea and lots of new friends.

shells at cayo costa florida octoberv

We have more dates planned for the iLoveShelling cruises but if you miss any of those dates, you can still hop on one of Captiva Cruises‘ other trips to Cayo Costa (or sunset cruises, or dolphIn watching cruise, or cruise to Useppa just CLICK HERE). For dates for the iLoveShelling cruises and events, CLICK HERE

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Sep
15

Blue Sky Boating to Beachcomb

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We went for a boat ride around the islands of Sanibel, Captiva and North Captiva on Saturday.  Clark was so jealous he wasn’t able to go out on our iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises last week, and it’s been months on our boat so he was bound and determined to get out and about on the water. Of course we had to stop at plenty of beaches to look for shells.

sw florida island beach

We found a few! Of course I was thaaa-rilled to find this beautiful wormie and a couple of perfect medium sized SAND DOLLARS.

sand dollars seashells florida gulf coast

But. My favorite find of the weekend was this lemon yellow ROUGH SCALLOP. Yummy find!

lemon yellow rough scallop seashell

We spent a good part of the day watching the wildlife and fell in love with several ROSEATE SPOONBILL birds feasting on tiny fish or crabs in the low tide pools…

roseate spoonbill at low tide west florida

We found a few more shells but these are our faves. I know, I know… Yes, those are DEPRESSED SLIPPER SHELLS in our faves pile but we saw so many, I feel like they were speaking to me. And when I bent down to pick up a SAND DOLLAR or WORM SHELL or that cute little DUSKY CONE, I couldn’t help but pick up a pretty JINGLE or two as well. JINGLES make me happy- I dont know why- they just do. It was such a wonderful day to be out on the water and out with my honey. He makes me happy too.

sand dollars seashells florida gulf coast

Jul
04

Happy Independence Day, Shell Baby!

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seashell independence day baby sanibel july 4 2013

Happy  Independence Day! Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July as much as little stars and striped cutie pie Jaylen visiting Sanibel from Missouri.

american flag sanibel beach

I know lots of other people who are happy after finding seashell treasures like these under the bridge at Blind Pass on Sanibel.

sanibel seashells pink shell bag

Like Barbara from Merrit Island, Florida…

barbara seashells sanibel

Who wouldnt be happy finding a FLORIDA CONE, WORMIES, MUREXES and LIGHTNING WHELKS?

finding seashells in sanibel island florida

That’s why Brenda and Missi from Ohio were so tickled…

brenda missi visit sanibel shells from ohio

This awesome bag of shells were found by newbie shellers Julius and Liana…

seashells in plastic bag sanibel island  florida

This Dad and daughter shelling “team” were visiting from Ohio as well…

julius liana ohio visit sanibel shells

Oh and another cutie petutie shell baby! This is Sarah… from Ohio too! I should have gotten all of these Ohio peeps together!

sanibel beach shell bucket baby

Look at this Patriogator! Nancy and Mark from Ohio (I know, right? Ohio!) and Frank and Linda from Cape Coral made this exshellent beach art using PEN SHELLS…

beach art alligator sanibel american flag

Have a wonderful 4th and be safe!

PS- We are still cleaning up our shells from Guantanamo Bay but when we are done I cant wait to show you more photos from our tremendous trip and more Caribbean seashells and BLING we found.

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May
01

How To Make A Worm Shell Frame

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seashell frame shells

I love making shell crafts! It’s been a few months since I’ve had a shell project to get my hands on … so the last two days I’ve spent being very excited to be actually making a shell frame as a gift to a special couple. If you don’t already know what my long time fave shell is… it’s the WORM SHELL! And I loooove making things with WORM SHELLS because no two are alike and they are just so stinkin’ whimsical they make me laugh. The thing is… I don’t find them often any more so when we find even one on the beach, it’s such a happy day.

worm shell virtual sheller

The ones that have a funny sideways twist? Even better!

worm shell true tulip turban

 Then there are the days when I feel like the stars and planets have lined up in perfect harmony when I find this many WORM SHELLS in an afternoon…

worm shell lovers key

 After soaking them in a bucket of 1/4 bleach to water over night, I rinse them off with fresh water then lay them out to dry. Okay, I’m gonna tell the truth… some times I’ve left them in longer than overnight… errrr….. some times I forget I have them soaking in the bucket but remember after a week…okay, okay!… maybe 2 weeks later or longer. But by being so, ummm, “scatter brained”, I now realize it doesn’t hurt the WORM SHELLS. If they are greenish or grungy white, it just makes them sparkly white. If they are the tan/brown color ones, they stay that pretty color but just brighten up. They aren’t needy… just another reason they are my favorite shells!

Worm shells

So I took some of my cleaned, sorted WORMIES and started hot glueing them to a painted white frame I scuffed up with sandpaper. My project was under way!

glue gun shell craft frame

To me it’s like doing a shell puzzle or shell mosaic. You have to keep trying different shells that will fit in the right place to fill the blank space. And I get to go shelling all over again…searching, searching for the perfect treasure. I hot glue one at a time, hold it until it sets up, then move to the other side to make sure it dries completely before I disturb the glue.

shell frame seashell craft

 When the frame is completely filled with shells, I feel happy to have accomplished such a fun project but even more, I am heartfelt to be able to share this with the people I made it for.

worm shell frame photo sanibel

It was a “Welcome to Florida” gift for Cheri and “Hubby” (her nickname for him on her blog) from Virginia who just bought a home in Fort Myers! Cheri is the blogger behind the Shelllady  so after meeting them years ago on the beach, I knew they have always dreamed of having a home near Sanibel. Their dream has come true!

Baileys sanibel dinner traders

We all know Super Sheller Clark is good at finding shells, he’s also good at finding homes too. Since he helped them buy their new place (which within 4 hours already has a seashell theme), last night we shellebrated with them for now being new Florida residents. We went to our favorite Sanibel restaurant… Traders!  Most birthdays and get-togethers we celebrate at Traders, but this was a biggie. Of course it was a delicious meal but it was very special to be able to share in the day of such a big part of their lives.

rambo bailey traders dinner

Thank you so much Cheri and  Jimmy for letting Clark and me be part of this amazing decision! Congratshellations!

worm shell frame sanibel