I found shell heaven this week!
When I can be on a boat …
Filled with the nicest shellers in the world …
Finding amazing shells…
And Beach Bling…
Amazing things happen…
Great memories happen.
We even had DOLPHINS jumping beside the boat to welcome us to a spectacshellar day.
This all happened on our iLoveShelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises this week boating to Big Hickory Island, Florida. The island was loaded with awesome treasures.
And even more awesome shellers…
This is why I feel like I found shell heaven this week.
It’s not just about the shells but the experience we have along the way of finding them.
It’s about the different things we find that are beautiful to us.
And to share the experience.
To share the joy.
To share the experience with friends from the past…
And to meet new friends…
That’s not it… on every iLoveShelling Adventure …
Every passenger will receive a $25 gift certificate for Sealife By Congress Jewelry store!
Can you believe all the ALPHABET CONES, SHARKS EYES, GAUDY NATICAS, SEA PEARLS, ANGEL WINGS, SUNRAY VENUS, WORM SHELLS and BEACH BLING everybody found in all of the photos? It was crazy!
Oh wait… and I found a reeaaally cool shell too!
These trips are so much fun for me because I get to share a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned over lot of years combing our local beaches and give away shells – so I don’t normally keep any shells I find…but when I saw this “FREAK” FLORIDA CONE, Whoa…. Pounce! Look at that crazy spire.
Wanna see other “freak” shells? CLICK HERE.
Join me on an iLoveShelling Adventure boat cruise to the out islands- CLICK HERE
PS- We may have had freaking awesome shelling on our beaches this week but you folks up north in these snow storms have been on our minds every second of the day. Please stay warm and stay safe… by thinking about sifting through shells.
Shells, shells and more shells rolled in the week after the storms hit SW Florida this week. Folks who didn’t mind getting their toes wet at the surf’s edge for a couple of hours were rewarded with some a-maaaazing gifts from the sea. Annie, Lucy, Heidi and Doug who were visiting Sanibel from Ohio all found some cool shells… and look at that huge empty HORSE CONCH Lucy (in the red sweatshirt) found- it was Shellectric!
It was like playing Duck, Duck, Goose… picking up shells and looking to see if they were occupied- Live, Live… Empty!
The shell game…
It was almost too overwhelming to look at the beach with all the beautiful colors peeking out of the sand when the waves receded. Which way do I go?
LIGHTNING WHELKS… it was like a people were tripping over them. haha (Ok- I’m sort of exaggerating… errrr.. sorta)
But Im not exaggerating about this…. Chris and his wife Karen from Vermont found a JUNONIA at Blind Pass- Shellzam!
Patti from NY was overjoyed to find her own big WHELK at lighthouse beach. Boom- Shellalaka!
Then I saw her one hour later and… she found another one. haha Ooo Shell-la-la!
You can see Clark in the background scooping up shells I showed you earlier this week while families all around him found their own amazing treasures.
Rudy from MN was finding WHELKS too- he was around the same spot as Clark and there were plenty to go around for everybody. Happiness.
This says it all! The day was so spectacsheller, Kathy was doing the happy dance and shouting to the palm tree tops. Isn’t she the cutest thing?
But hold on… I never even got to show you the crazy FOSSIL SHELLS that local shellers Pam and Cheryl found near the Sanibel fishing pier…
Seriously, isn’t this crazy?
Shelling sisters Andrean and Karen from OK had the same instincts I did throughout the week because I ran in to them at just about every stop- they hit the same beaches at the same time. We should have just car pooled together hahaha. They even found the “FOSSIL PIT”.
The last time this road got washed away by a storm, the City Of Sanibel brought loads of dirt with shells mixed in from the FOSSIL pits in Florida so thats why these unbelievable shells rolled out. That OLIVE in Andrean’s hand was still shiny- Wow. And… the shell just to the right of it I believe is a Mitra lineolata which was a common shell 5 million years ago but is now extinct. Cheryl had one in her hand in the other photo too. Blows the mind, right?
I hope to do a whole post just on FOSSIL shells you can find around the islands (to see a previous post on FOSSILS CLICK HERE ) but I still have much to catch up on (it was a busy week…. my birthday week- heehee). We also had an awesome time on our iLoveShelling Adventure yesterday so I’ll show you what we found there on my next post.
I know lots of you up north are dealing with some terrible weather and preparing for scary storms this weekend so we are sending love and warm wishes to you. Please be safe!
Oh and PS- The BROWN PELICAN we took to CROW (on my last post CLICK HERE) is still being cared for at the clinic. He still has a splint on his fractured right leg but they say he is making a nice recovery. Yahoo!
Southwest Florida had some crazy storms plow through our area in the last few days… so I have so much to tell you! I will start by telling you that there were areas of flooding from downpours of rain, high winds, tornados and washed out roads. But we are all safe and sound…. which leaves us with talking about the shelling. Holy Cowrie. We found some shells, folks. Clark scooped for hours yesterday at the lighthouse and this is one of many very cool shells he found- a huge, empty HORSE CONCH. Shellzam!
But to me, his best find was the perfect ROSE MUREX he scooped in his shelling backhoe. We rarely find these on Sanibel or Captiva but when we do, the “tail” (SIPHONAL CANAL) is chipped and beach worn and the color is usually really faded.
But not this one…. this one is perfect!
But let back up… There was so much rain that came so fast (we heard reports of 4 inches in 40 minutes) that Friday January 15, the Blind Pass Sanibel parking lot looked like this…
That same day, the road to the Sanibel Lighthouse just passed the fishing pier was eroding away from the waves pounding the side of the road.
By Sunday January 17, that same road was pretty much washed away and the road was closed (that is a police car in the back ground). Most parking lots were closed but by 10am the parking lot on the other side of Lighthouse was re-opened.
The beach was littered with CRAB TRAPS pushed up on shore by the strong winds.
We saw hundreds of live shells (I really think thousands but you’d think I was exaggerating haha ;) ) and probably 25 of those were live HORSE CONCHS washed up on the sand, in the water and stuck to tree roots.
With each wave, there were more shells washing in. Again.. most of these were still alive so everybody oooohhhed and aaahhhed and respectfully left them alone.
Among all of the excitement, we realized there was an injured BROWN PELICAN on the beach that needed help. Local fisherman (and golfer ;)) Jeffrey, Clark and I tried to dislodge an oversized fish from it’s bill and untangle his wings. After letting him recover for about 15 minutes we knew he needed to get to CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife) on the island. The shells could wait… we found an old towel and a box then took him to the clinic where he’s still recovering. If I get word on his progress, I’ll let you know.
After that…. back to the beach!
Oh yeah, baby, Super Sheller Clark was rewarded with a spectacsheller empty LIGHTNING WHELK.
Everybody’s shell buckets were filled with happiness.
It’s so cool when special shells like this double SPINY JEWELBOX washes inn too. We normally don’t see the spines so perfect when they are found on the beach- this one is a-mazing.
I just had to catch you up on an amazing weekend and show you a few of these crazy photos. Clark found most of the shells that we kept- but I also met so many happy people with great find so their own so next post I will show you more fabshellous finds and hopefully I can pull together a video of the madness as well.
Yep, we are living on the SCALLOPED edge of island life.