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Sanibel Wildlife Tango For Mango Madness

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Beautiful Crassatella, Brown-Tip Mangelia, Coyote, Horseshoe Crab, Raccoon, Sunsets | 19 comments

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Last night’s mango sky brought out a mango tinted HORSESHOE CRAB along with several different mango colored seashells as well. Check out this BEAUTIFUL CRASSATELLA (9 o’clock) Clark found last night at Bowman’s beach.

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Near the east end of Sanibel the night before, I found lots of sweet mini shells. WENTLETRAPS filled the inside of a mango colored COCKLE SHELL  and BUTTON SHELLS, BUBBLES, mango tinted MUREXES, DRILLS and CONCHS filled the cup of a DOSINIA. I can’t even believe I saw the tiniest of 2 DOVE shells, a RICE OLIVE and a new find for me…. a BROWN-TIP MANGELIA (Kurtziella atrostyla).

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I looked through my loose change to take a photo of a coin to show just how tiny this shell was and I found a wheat penny- perfect! How in the world did I ever see this little magnificent shell? So happy I did! And yes, it has little “mango” accents (instead of boring brown) on it too.

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Okay… what is all this mango stuff about, you ask? I’ve been sorta obsessed with our MANGO TREE this year. It has loads of juicy delicious mangoes hanging from every branch but we try to wait until they are fairly ripe before we pick them. But…. every morning we find half eaten mangoes on the ground. Grrrrr. Some critter was making a mess of our luscious fruit and I wanted to know exactly what critter was feasting on them. I had an idea the animal but I bought I critter cam to see for sure. hahaha I know- a little crazy but it worked! In this next photo, you can see in the far left that this evil cute little RACCOON was up on his hind legs about to pick that mango. Shooooo!

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Then his little RACCOON bff joined in on a little tango for the mango madness smorgasbord.

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And then…. O.M.G. I caught a COYOTE in my backyard this morning on camera! Wow! There have been COYOTE sightings on Sanibel since 2011 and we’ve seen a few around the islands but I’ve never gotten a photo of them and I sure didn’t know they were roaming around in my backyard at 4:15am. I’ve never heard of a local COYOTE hurting a human but I’m just very happy that my little DustBall and PuppyCat kitties are safe inside and NEVER go outside.

Of course I wanted to name it (not sure if it’s a girl or boy), but I still haven’t come up with a name yet… Wildie Coyote? Tootie Fruitie Coyote? Mango Rambo? LOL Whaddaya think?

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Life on Sanibel… day and night, there’s always something “wild” happening.

Join me on an iLoveShelling Adventure! For more info CLICK HERE  (I’m working on new dates for season- I should have those up soon!)

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PS- I’m hoping its running much smoother now with most of the kinks worked out for the new site design. I’m not done reorganizing the categories menu yet either, but I’d love feed back if you think the dropdown menu is easier to look through too now. It was a mess- eeeeek- sorry!

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Shelling Out A New Look For iLoveShelling

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 45 comments

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Holy Cowrie! Can you believe iLoveShelling is almost 6 years old?

When a Hermit Crab grows too big for her shell, she has to go searching for a bigger shinier shell so she can grow gracefully and won’t be so cramped in her broken down little shell. So after 6 years in a small little shell with lots of wear and tear, iLoveShelling.com has a new website designed shell with all the latest technology. Ok, but she didn’t go for the high def sound system, the sounds of the ocean waves are perfect as they are. And she didn’t go for the loud alarm system either… her crab claws are fantastic pinchers already too.

You can now read iLoveShelling.com easier on your mobile devices and tablets. Shellzam!  This is the biggest change- you don’t have to go through all of the shellnanigans of pinching the screen any more because it’s got that cool new menu shellamajiggy.

Oh and… I’d love feedback! Especially if something isn’t working correctly so right up there near the title of this post, you can see “Comment”- just click on that and you can read the other comments or write one of your own. You know how these things go, it’s always a work in progress for me so if you are seeing the site discombobshellated, please let me know what you are viewing it on (like what kind of computer, phone or tablet) and what its doing?

So bear with me as I get some of the other pages updated then I’ll have more beach combing photos, videos and lots more shell stories that will carry us through the next 6 years so we can still shell together and learn more about the beaches that make our souls so complete.

UPDATE: Whew…. The comment section is fixed so please comment away!

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Wildlife and Beach Combing Boat Cruise

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Colorful Moon shell, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 9 comments

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It’s always so much fun to take a boat excursion to another island with a bunch of other shellers that really know how to enjoy the day. Not only did we see MANATEES, DOLPHINS, ROSEATE SPOONBILLS and other really cool wildlife, we had a blast beach combing on our Sight Sea-R boat cruise to Big Hickory Island this week.

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Just hanging out with Gigi and Michele from Melbourne, FL made the day really awesome.

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On the boat ride back, Gigi put all of her favorite shells she found on her yellow sifter to show us. I especially love that perfect FLAT SCALLOP. Wow- nice collection!

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Joanne tickled me with her infectious with her laugh and now I know why she’s so happy. She and James (Toronto, Canada) have quite a shelling eye and have some great luck.

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OMG, Look at the shells and bling they found!

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Barry, Jennifer and Chris had some pretty dang good luck too…

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They found such a variety of cool treasures from SAND DOLLARS, GAUDY NATICAS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES to some very cool ALPHABET CONES.

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It was a PAPER FIG kind of day for Cherie, Joe and Olivia from MD

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Joe showed me 2 of the many PAPER FIGS they found but they also found ANGEL WINGS and PEAR WHELKS.

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Mary and Art (Bradenton, FL) were happy to find a shell they had never found before…

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Mary found her first GAUDY NATICA…

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A perfect SAND DOLLAR washed up right in front of Shari and Shelby from New Mexico.

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This is such a cute size…

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Cutie shellooties Jackson and Emma Grace (GA) were adorable on the beach. Emma Grace found a perfect SAND DOLLAR to0.

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I love to meet families like Miranda Moon, Buddy, Moni and Jeremy from St Louis who are just a passionate and curious about beach combing as I am.

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Miranda Moon knew she had something unusual when she found a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE. Very cool find!

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A happy family is a beautiful family. That sums it up with Savannah, Steve, Foster and Stacy from Texas – happy, beautiful and awesome beach combers!

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Pat and Gary were visiting from the east coast of Florida to do some shelling and enjoy the west coast of Florida. Nice to meet y’all!

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Kari and Ava Dallas are sooooo sweet! After having a great time coming the beaches of Big Hickory with us, Kari and Ava had to head directly to the airport to catch their flight back to Dallas after our shelling adventure. Since they couldn’t take their shelling rake on the plane, she gave it to another sheller on our cruise. Soooo sweet!

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Look who else was on our trip with us… Robin from Shellabaloo 6!  In January I got to spend time with Robin and her mom Bobbie and this time Robin was with her sister Jill visiting from Minnesota. Sorry I missed you his time Bobbie!

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Everybody found gifts from the sea AND another gift of jewelry as well…. Just as we do on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress in Congress Jewelers. Such a treat!

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Such a fabshellous day.

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