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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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14 Inch Clean Horse Conch

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As you know, I couldn’t wait to post Clark’s 14″ HORSE CONCH (and the video) he found on Saturday. That’ll go down in the ol’ memory vault. What a find! WooHoo! Oh, What’s that you said? You want to see the pictures of the HORSE CONCH all cleaned up? Oh alright, if you insist…..

14 inch horse conch

14 inch horse conch

Pretty, huh? Clark soaked it in a weak bleach solution for a couple of days to get the barnacles softened up to be able to pop them off. It worked! All I had to do it run a metal dental pick over all the crud and it all came right off.

14 inch horse conch aperture

I love the little curve of the tail (anterior) of “him”. I know you are thinking it still doesn’t look all that clean but for some reason I like the brown parts just like they are. I don’t like it to be scrubbed off so that’s why Clark didn’t put too much bleach with the water for soaking. After time, all of that brown part will flake off so at least I will enjoy it until nature takes it’s course.

big conch shell

Here’s a photo taken on the beach with the rest of our finds. We didn’t find a huge quantity of shells but the quality was fab-ul-o-so.

14" conch whelks, sand dollars

Here’s a better look at the LIGHTNING WHELK Clark found too. Okay, he found the SUNRAY VENUS, KINGS CROWNS and the WHELKS but I found the SAND DOLLARS. I was on a mission to find those SAND DOLLARS so that’s all I was focused on (it’s sounding like an excuse, isn’t it?).

lightning whelk clark

lightning whelk aperture

Oh wait! I did find some other cuties too…. WORMIES! And a BABY’S EAR. Clark was in a zone, man, he found this WHITE ROSE PETAL TELLIN too. Geez.

worm shells, babys ear, rose tellin

Clark thanks you for all of your fun comments on his big find. He might not comment back but he truly gets a kick out of it (as I do every day!!!). xo

2 Ibis fly North Captiva

2 Ibis fly over North Captiva

conch shell with dime


Boating to Out Islands

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Periwinkles on Cayo Costa

Periwinkles close up

Tree snails or periwinkles? I’ve never seen these beautiful snails on the fallen trees on the south tip of Cayo Costa before. We weren’t finding any keeper shells tucked around the tree roots or washed up on the beach so maybe that’s why we finally noticed them. I didn’t recognize them to know exactly what they were…….until MurexKen came to the rescue! They are CLOUDY PERIWINKLES. Their colors are so brilliant!

Jane and John (Sanibel) on Cayo Costa

It was a gorgeous day boating with Jane and John to Cayo Costa and then on to North Captiva. We didn’t find tons of shells at our normal spot by the tree roots but we were very happy with the great shells that we did find from the whole day.

Seashells from Captiva out islands

This is a sampling of the shells we all found plus some OLIVES. I didn’t get a chance to clean that awesome (!) orange HORSE CONCH that Clark found but I’m hoping some of those barnacles will pick off the tip without pitting it. The FARGO WORM SHELLS will clean right up with a little bleach in a bucket of water and I can leave them there for a couple of days. I only dip the KING’S CROWNS in the watered bleach bath for a few minutes then scrub them clean. They will lose their color so quickly in a bleach bath.

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Nick Adams Lighthouse Photograph


Mixed Shell Bag

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Dusky cone North Captiva

Clark and I boated to North Captiva on Sunday and we found a few fun things. I love the color and size of this DUSKY CONE and we also found 2 KING’S CROWN, a bunch of FARGO WORM SHELLS (Yay!) and a couple of SAND DOLLARS.

Worm shell, king's crown, sand dollar

After we hung out for hours on North Cap, we couldn’t help stopping by Cayo Costa to see if we could pick up some BABY’S EARS. We have an eye for ears, baby! I found an even bigger on than I found on my “camping” trip 2 weeks ago. This one is about 1 1/2 inches big! That’s a biggie.

Big baby's ear

Speaking of baby’s ears, Clark and I went to the lighthouse beach this evening on the pier side to see what we could find. We found a few WENTLETRAPS and right when we saw a few baby’s ears (in that weed line in the picture below), we met the nicest couple who live in Sanibel as well. Leslie is an artist and shell crafter! She exhibited a few pieces in the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show this year and has been doing so for years. Maybe she’ll use some of those wentletraps and baby’s ears that we found on the beach together in one of her next projects.

Leslie and Joe (Sanibel)