This weekend was SAND DOLLAR heaven around West Gulf Drive beach access #7. There is a nice sand bar where they are washing up and peeking out from beneath the sand.
Deb and Merritt had a whole shell bag filled with SAND DOLLARS.
Deb and Merritt don’t even mess around with packing fragile shells in their suitcase to take home any more … they ship them!
Judith and Alex found lots of sand dollars too and since they drove to Sanibel, they won’t have a bit of problem getting them home without breaking.
In this picture, you can see what that sand dollar sand bar looks like. Low tide was in the morning around 9:30 this weekend. The perfect weekend ….. sleep in late…..then go shelling for sand dollars!
I’ve learned to look for this BABY’S EAR trail at low tide. They look like little dough patties since the mollusk surrounds the shell instead of hiding in it. It is very slimey! Check out this video.
Since we were all overwhelmed by the Sea Grape Lodge, I thought I would continue with seashell encrusting creativity and really knock your socks off. Caution! This isn’t for good for the weak-kneed shell crafters. Please be seated and make sure your seat belts are securely fastened. I found this on Fine Shell Art Blog which is by awesome shell crafter L.A. Givens. Thank you Lisa!
No rain and no work! …. Time to get out on the water. We took the boat out to our fave spots North Captiva and Cayo Costa. We found three BABY’S EARS, a few WHELKS and WORM SHELLS (only a few) and the views were spectacular. Well worth the trip.
We weren’t really sure what this shell was Clark found but he insisted it was something good. It kinda looks like a worn KINGS CROWN but the opening edge is sort of serrated. It was really slimed with algae and gunk so Clark got it cleaned up and then check again in the books to see if it’s a ROCKSNAIL . That’s what it looks like so far. It’s got some wear and tear but it’s 2 and a half inches long and it’s not something we find every day. I think it’s a good find too, Clark! (Update- 10-7-10: Yes, it’s a rocksnail. We got verification from MurexKen and Dr. Jose Leal from the Shell Museum. Thank you both!)
Belinda won the battle with this awesome snook….. and I even got it on video! She said she usually shells when she and Bob visit Sanibel from Islamorada in the Florida Keys but decided to fish this time instead. She still couldn’t help but feel around for shells with her toes while waiting for the bite on her line. Sit back and enjoy Belinda versus Big Snook (she gives all the credit to The Bait Box !) video and a beautiful bright orange SCALLOP find. But wait! We have more winners so make sure you scroll down after the movie.
Ann and Paul (MN) felt like a big winners after finding a BABYS EAR near Gulf Side City Park. The same beach where Belinda caught (and released) her big bad snook.
Now for the really big, really big (said in that Ed Sullivan voice)
Winner of the Write From The Beach GiveAway ……..
Karen M. Wells !! Congratulations, Karen!
And a big THANK YOU to everybody for leaving so many wonderful comments. This is just so much dang fun, I’ll have to start thinking of my next giveaway already.