Nov
02

The Gulf That Keeps On Giving

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Michelle from New Hampshire got a gorgeous gift from the gulf….. a JUNONIA! She said “I still can’t believe I found one!  I was just walking along in ankle deep water that had already be searched by lots of shellers.  My children were having fun exploring the tidal pools and there it was!“. Wowee!  It’s huge!

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There were shells scattered everywhere on Gulf Side City Park beach where Michelle found her JUNONIA…

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Most of the shells were live FIGHTING CONCHS but Cheryl (Ohio) was having a great time filling up her pink shell bag with empty shells…

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She found all sorts of great shells!

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Her favorites were these two KINGS CROWNS…

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These two cutie shellers Matilda and her brother Anton came to Sanibel all the way from Sweden to fill their buckets with goodies. Matilda is holding a beautiful ALPHABET CONE and Anton is showing off a nice bright orange HORSE CONCH.

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Bob (who found a LIONS PAW last year) and Dee (Ft Myers) were finding SEA WHIPS and BEACH BLING

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And a fabulous FLORIDA CONE along with a fantastic assortment of all types of seashells…

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And they found dried out MILLIPEDE STARFISH.

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The Gulf Of Mexico just keeps on giving us gifts of the sea.

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Oct
31

Happy Shelloween!

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Hurricane Sandy is still wreaking havoc all along the east coast of the United States so I feel so bad getting excited about some of the shells that we are finding along our shores of Sanibel because of Sandy’s northwest winds. But… we all need a little good news too in times like this… right? So if you still have power in your home, I hope we can spread a little Florida sunshine and share our treasures with you to hopefully make you smile at least once today.

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As I picked up this SHARK’S EYE in the next photo, I realized I snagged it up so quickly because it was in such great condition then realized it would be a good idea to let you know what it looked like when I spotted it so you would know what to look for if it was upside down like it was when I found it.

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See? It is so different looking if it is laying in the sand with the aperture side up.

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There are still oodles of PEN SHELLS lining the beach but I only found a few other shells hiding among them. Down by the water at low tide, there were FIGHTING CONCHS were everywhere!

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I met Eric from Ft Lauderdale scoping out the best spot on the beach scooping up handfuls of shells. Happy birthday Eric! You got plenty of gifts from the sea!

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I found other fabulous treasures besides seashells at Gulf Side City Park as well… like Shelling Sister Judy from PA!

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She immediately showed me some of the goodies she had found around the same spot…

judy seashells sanibel

Then Cheryl showed me this big honkin LIGHTHING WHELK she had found!

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After I talked with Cheryl about her LIGHTNING WHELK, she told me that I had taken a photo of the backs of her with her sister at Blind Pass watching sunset in June 2011. I remembered that photo! They looked so cute sitting on the beach because all I could see was their backs and matching straw hats while they watched the  sun setting right in front of them. It’s the 15th photo down on my post “Sunset, Seashells and Shelling Sisters”… CLICK HERE to see itThen you will know why I took their photo this way (since they didn’t want me to take their faces… silly girls!) Here is Cheryl and her sister Brenda holding their WHELKS…

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Joyce and her daughter Kristin had just gotten started filling their shell bags but were so happy to already find some goodies.

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There are some good shells to be found at Gulf Side City Park… BUT, it doesn’t even compare to the shells we found after Hurricane IsaacTropical Storm Debbor any of the other storms that brought high northwest winds like this. Blind Pass still is empty of shells- weird. I didn’t find too many good shells on any other beach other than this one… Mother Nature is definitely fickle. She likes to change the rules to stay in control so we don’t ever think we are smarter than she is. You’ve got my respect , Mother Nature!

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PS- I did take a few minutes of video so I’ll try to get that downloaded ASAP for you to see on my next post.