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Lion’s Paws Found After Beach Renourishment

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Atlantic Wing Oyster, Cabrit's Murex, Carrier Shell, Junonia, One-Tooth Simnia, Oyster, Sea Whip, Tolin Wentletrap | 40 comments

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It’s already a spectacsheller 2014! My dear friend Ellen found not just one LIONS PAW at Blind Pass Sanibel… but she found two LION’S PAWS!

elphie with lions paws bp sanibel

We walked passed that sand bar area that I’ve shown you in my last couple of posts towards Bowman’s Beach where they just finished the beach renourishment project. Remember I showed you that old wooden jetty that was newly exposed last year? Well, it’s all covered up again and filled in with fresh new sand that was pumped in from the deep waters off shore in the Gulf Of Mexico. So I’m assuming that these came in with the sand since both of them are so incredibly perfect. I want to show you the interior of this LIONS PAW so you can be on the lookout as well. I was right there with her shelling and I didn’t see either of them… I missed them both! She picked them up right after I looked in the same spot. LOL All I saw were oodles of KITTENS PAW and CALICO SCALLOPS (you know I love both of them so I was already mesmerized- hahaha) It just goes to show you, there are enough shells for everybody in southwest Florida since we all see different things while shelling on the beach. I think Im going to have to call her Shellen instead of Ellen from now on. heehee She’s got the LIONS PAW eye for sure! Shellzam! Congratshellations, Shellen!

interior lions paw sanibel florida

Clark was shelling just at the water’s edge with his shelling backhoe when he scooped up these beauties. Can you believe it? He found a CABRITS MUREX too! This one is pretty beat up but still… its a rare find for Sanibel. Again, prob from the beach renourishment. I haven’t gotten to a chance to see if that FLAT SCALLOP near his thumb will clean up well but its a beauty along with that bright orange CHESTNUT TURBAN.

clark shells bp sanibel after beach renourishmnet

Shellen has an eye for LIONS PAWS, Super Sheller Clark has an eye ALPHIES and I seem to have an eye for finding CARRIER SHELLS.

carrier shell sanibel bp after beach renourishment

I also have an eye for WENTLETRAPS. As you can see in the next photo, all the way as far as you can see in the background, is a palm tree sticking up. That’s about 200 yards from the Blind Pass bridge (guestimate of course) so this is how far we walked to find our loot. Now look how far I was from the water and in that sparse shell line, I found what I believe is a TOLIN WENTLETRAP. I’ve found lots of different species of WENTLETRAPS (CLICK HERE for a line up of them) but this one looked different from the others so in my humble opinion, I think it’s a TOLIN.

tolin wentletrap Epitonium tollini bp sanibel

But honestly, I got more excited about this beautiful piece of BEACH BLING I found. It’s a purple SEA WHIP with a few cool hitchhikers! Click on the photo to enlarge to see if you can find them too before I tell you what they are.

purple sea whip with simnia winged oysters

Did you find the ATLANTIC WING OYSTER? So cool, right?

atlantic wing oyster attached to sea whip

But wait, there’s another tiny baby WING OYSTER too! Can you see it?

juvenile wing oyster on sea whip sanibel

And then I spotted a ONE TOOTH SIMNIA on this same SEA WHIP! It’s camouflaged but look closely…

one tooth simnia attached to sea whip sanibel

Shell Boom Bah! There are two ONE TOOTH SIMNIAS! Click this next photo to see both of them. Then go back and see if you can find both WING OYSTERS and both ONE TOOTH SIMNIAS in the first full size pic of the SEA WHIP. I know its weird but I felt like I had won the lotto. LOL This is why I love shelling so much. There are always magnificent hidden treasures on the beach… you just have to find the treasures that make you happy.

one tooth simnia Simnialena uniplicata on sea whip

I have one more photo to show you… I am so stinkin happy for my buddy Kaybe from The Essential Beachcomber!
She finally found her JUNONIA! She posted this on iLoveShelling Facebook page… “I’m making progress. Went from finding a little tip last week to an almost whole junonia this morning at Boca Grande. It was all wrapped up in some seaweed on the wrack line.” Exshellent!

karen kaybe junonia

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2013 Best Of iLoveShelling

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Uncategorized | 28 comments

best of iLoveShelling 2013

Happy New Year!

As we close the book on 2013, memories of this incredible year have flooded my heart with happiness while sharing our shelling adventures with you. Every day on the beach I have felt like you have been right along side me and my lens. Thank you for being there and for your encouragement and your excitement as we learn new places and new treasures to explore together. Without you, I would not have been as focused to share Mother Nature’s wonders of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and so many more beaches of the world. It’s been a wild ride! Thank you!!

It was not easy to come up with only 10 iLoveshelling blog posts as my favorites so I really had to decide which ones I think I will be talking about for the rest of my life. We were soooo very fortunate to be able to travel to fabulous shelling destinations more in 2013 than ever before so those were no brainers to choose. But since this week has been so special with our low tide mornings and I can still feel the excitement of yesterday’s shell pile transforming right before our eyes… I am starting at #10 with a video I promised to show you on yesterday’s post. (Tomorrow – New Years Day- should be an even lower tide! Yippee!)

So Enjoy the count down for my top 10 fave iLoveShelling blog posts…

#10 Sanibel Shell Shuffle

#9 Life Cycle Of The Kings Crowns Egg Hatching To Down The Hatch

kings crown sanibel spines

 

#8 Filling The Apple Cart At Harns Marsh Preserve 

apple snails shells lee county florida

 

#7 Sunsets Of Sanibel Island 

watching sanibel sunset

 

#6 Beachcombing Vacation : Cat Island Bahamas

caribbean beach sea glass shells buoy sand dollars

 

#5 Finding Seashells On Turks And Caicos Islands 

different seashells caicos iLS

 

#4 Weekend Collecting Seashells at Guantanamo Bay Cuba

caribbean seashell species Guantanamo bay cuba

 

#3 Bittersweet Baby Sand Dollars

clean white baby sand dollars

 

#2 Manatees Wash Up On The Beach For Fun

mating manatees

 

#1 Three Bobcat Kittens And Their Mamma

Weirdly enough, my fave memory and blog post of 2013 doesn’t even have to do with the beach but I knew everybody who loves shelling would share in the excitement of seeing the other glories of Mother Nature at work. It was the heart racing moments on Sanibel watching a BOBCAT mother and her three kittens play together while I photographed and videoed them.

bobcat kitten baby on deck sanibel island floridabobcat kitten baby on deck sanibel island florida

Best wishes from Pam and Clark for a fantastic 2014!!!

 

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Just Breathe. Shell. Love.

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Alphabet Cone, Cabrit's Murex, Cone, Junonia, low tide, Murex | 18 comments

cabrits murex Vokesimurex cabritii sanibel florida

Shellzam! Elyssa found a CABRITS MUREX! We don’t see these spectacsheller spiny treasures wash up on our shores of Southwest Florida very often so it was exciting to see such a beauty. But wait! Huh? Another one? Yes! Elyssa’s mom Jeanne (Indiana) found one too in the same area at Blind Pass Sanibel this morning. Woot Woot!

jeanne elyssa indiana find cabrits murex sanibel

They must have some good shelling blood in their family. Congratshellations y’all!

pair of cabarets murexes sanibel

I got out on the beach this morning before sunrise at a negative low tide to see what loot I might find washed up on the shore. First person I saw was Tracly (Gainsville, FL) with her flashlight – they were both beaming.

tracly seashells sanibel blind pass

She was thrilled to find her ALPHABET CONE along with a nice FLAT SCALLOP, TULIP, NUTMEG, WHELK and a very cool cluster of BARNACLES.

tracly negative low tide shells

It was so nice to meet Linda from PA too. She was overjoyed after finding her JUNONIA. Boom Shellalaka! This was just one of many great shells she found before I got there at 7am. She was there at 5am. hahaha Love it!

linda pa found junonia at blind pass sanibel

Erin (Ft Myers) and Shannon (Norfolk, VA!) were there with their flashlights too letting the shells wash up to their toes.

sanibel shellers collecting seashells

Erin and Shannon showed me their fave shells and I fell in love with her wrist tatt. (okay, I’m really not that cool to have a tattoo or to even call it a “tatt” but I couldn’t resist- heehee). Seriously though, its so sweet. It’s says …. just breathe 

just breathe in shelling

Savannah was collecting shells for her mom’s birthday…

gift of shells from melissa's daughter

Here is Savannah with her brother Tommy, her mom Melissa and dad Thom. Melissa told me that her mother Barb was the sheller of the family who got them all hooked on beach combing but instead of hitting the negative low tide, she wanted to bake Melissa her favorite birthday cake. Awwwww…. so sweet!!! Happy birthday Melissa!

melissa thom tommy savannah Wisconsin shelling sanibel

Kevin from Ontario was very happy to be in 70 degree weather but even happier to have scooped up the perfect ALPHABET CONE. He said his favorite saying is “Conch If You Love Shelling!” hahahha I’m Conching!

kevin ontario cananda visit sanibel florida

Okay, do me a favor…  I want you to go back up and look at the photo of the beach where Tracly was sitting with her yellow bucket and flashlight. That was at 7am … and by 10am this is what happened to that same spot. A shell mound! OMG That’s how quickly the beach changes!

sea shell pile sanibel florida shellers

I took a video so I’ll try to get that up and running soon so you can see for yourself how exciting it can be to watch the shells come in. Tomorrow is another veeeerrrry low tide in the morning so it should be fun to see what washes in next! To see the Tide Chart CLICK HERE.

melissa shelling sanibel negative low tide

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