Junonia-Palooza Hits Sanibel

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The last few weeks, most of the collectible shells have only been found by getting in the water with methodical toe combing skills. I like to get in the water too but my favorite way to shell is to comb the beach searching with my eyes to find something different. So I was very happy to see a nice line of shells on the beach near the Sanibel pier at Lighthouse Beach. Ahhh. Finding a few of my faves always makes me so happy. I know it doesn’t look like it but that shell to the left of the BABY EAR is a SLIPPER SHELL. It was just so long and skinny, I had to pick it up. When I get time, I’m gonna do  whole post on SLIPPER SHELLS. It’s amazing how may different ones there are.

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Clark found this gorgeous juvie TRUE TULIP. I couldnt resist snapping a photo!

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It’s a good thing we were happy with our finds because we might have been green with envy thinking we missed a JUNONIA rolling around out there. It’s shocking to see so many JUNONIAS being found lately! It’s like Sanibel is having a JUNONIA-PALOOZA! Lori from Chicago has been looking for this shell since she was a little girl and she finally found it the place we were searching just a day before…. but she found it this morning at the Sanibel Pier. Congratshellations Lori! It’s a beauty!

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But wait! Two days ago, Shelling Sistah Corly Brooke found one too! She found hers on Cayo Costa. You look so good in that shirt holding that JUNONIA, Corly!

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Congratshellations to both of you!

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Panning For Junonia Gold

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Garrett junonia Sanibel Florida

Garrett The Seashell Cowboy rolled into town and lassoed this mighty fine JUNONIA yesterday!

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He and his wife Beth were shelling at Lighthouse Beach last night when he saw those famous spots rolling in the surf then nagged it up. He was so happy to have found his JUNONIA there since he and Beth got married on the beach near the lighthouse this past June.

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Since we’ve had some nice southwest winds this week and the Gulf Of Mexico has been churning a little, I wanted to check out Blind Pass Captiva just to see if anything had changed since my last visit I found a few OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water but nothing on the beach. No shells on the beach still…

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This is my theory (IMHO)… We only had a few days of really good shelling after Hurricane Isaac blew past us in the Gulf Of Mexico late August then the winds turned from strong west to strong east winds for weeks which took many of the shells back out to the gulf. Since Isaac brought lots of rain, Lake Okeechobee’s water level got too high so they had to release water into the Caloosahatchee River. Sanibel sits at the mouth of the river so we had some brackish looking water for a couple of weeks not really suitable for snorkeling. So….. it seems to reason to me that there are tons of shells that are just at the beach’s edge… just waiting to get pushed up onto the beaches with a good west wind blow. That’s why I haven’t been finding oodles shells on the beaches (other than the high wrack line still left over from Isaac) because they are still in the water. But the shellers that have been IN THE WATER have hit the jackpot in the past weeks like Garrett The Seashell Cowboy, Sam Da Shell Man and Alan The Toe Sheller. After looking at the beach at Blind Pass Captiva today, I was on my way back to the car because I didn’t find much on the beach when Garrett recognized me from meeting him in March. He was in the water finding lots of shells!

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 Then he told me about the JUNONIA he found last night that he had locked in his car. Thanks for getting it out to show us Garrett! Hmmmm. I think I’ll head down to the Lighthouse Beach right now to see if anything other JUNONIA cousins are rolling in. Gotta run!

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YOLO GiveAway Results

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Holy Cowrie, y’all! We had 527 entries! What a turn out!

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for such wonderful comments as your entries for this awesome YOLO $100 gift card GiveAway. I wish I could have replied to so many of you that made me laugh, wrote rhymes, wrote stories and just touched my heart but I couldn’t messed up the entry count…. but thank you!

 I took 527 numbers with entry names to Marcel at YOLO Watersports on Captiva today so he could randomly pick the lucky winner of the $100 gift card out of a YOLO shell bucket.

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 Drum Roll Please! Who is it, Marcel? … Wahooo!!!

Tam Tam from Michigan!

Congratshellations Tam Tam!!

Enjoy your shopping spree at YOLO!

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 Thank you so much YOLO for your support in our shelling community!


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