Oct
23

In The Pink From The Bahamas

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In The Pink From Bahamas

After a week sailing, snorkeling and beach combing in the Bahamas, I’m feeling in the pink. So are our seashells! As I unpacked each of these lovely gems admiring their beauty and remembering how much fun it was to find them, I realized how many Caribbean seashells from the Bahamas are pink. Even the OLIVES are pink! We found lots of NETTED OLIVES but 2 of them were gorgeous glossy passionate pink.

netted olives Oliva reticularis Abaco Bahama

They rolled up in the surf on Great Guana Cay.

Netted olives Bahamas

It’s taking me a bit longer than I expected to get to photos of our shells in order and identified properly so I can share a few more of these pink beauties up close and personal. I think those little pink shells at 5 o’clock in the first picture are SMOOTH ATLANTIC TEGULAS but there are some others mixed in that are different so I need to research them. Then I will show close-ups!  Also, I believe those pink TRIVIAS are COFFEE BEACH TRIVIAS but holy cowrie- they are sooo brilliant and bright pink! So until I can get those treasures photographed, I have included a few photos of the other cool things we found …and…. I made a little video of some of the fun stuff we did while on our search for shells. Enjoy!

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Clark gave me TULIPS! Just walking along the beach going to dinner at Nipper’s, he found two spectacsheller TRUE TULIPS.

Clark with Tulip shells in Abaco Bahamas

He also found 3 amazing CARRIER SHELLS (I was happy to find one more to add to our loot). Remember I told you we were looking for packable, light weight shelling scoops a couple of weeks ago? Well Clark got creative and picked up a lacrosse stick at Sports Authority to try it out for a shelling scoop. He unscrewed the plastic basket from the aluminum stick to fit it into our new wheeled duffle bag (Costco special) and used it everyday while beach combing and snorkeling. It worked! He loved it!!! LOL

carrier shells Xenophoridae Abaco Bahamas

John found a DOG-HEAD TRITON while he was snorkling!

John with dog head triton shell Bahamas

After a couple of hours snorkeling (as you can tell by his pruney fingers- heehee), he came back to the boat to say he had the find of the week. Shellzam! Yes, he did! It doesn’t look like a great shell in this next photo but trust me, once it’s cleaned up, it will be a beautiful specimen. He said he saw an Octopus as well so maybe the OCTOPUS had just eaten this guy for lunch because it only has a small part broken off the “tail”. I love those DOG-HEADS.

dog-head triton Ranularia cynocephalum Abaco Bahamas

I found a dried up CUSHION SEA STAR  in the high wrack line on one of the beaches too. I was able to put it in plastic tupperware for the ride home… and it made it!

Dried cushion sea star Abaco Bahamas

Such a fun time to spend with a group of friends on Sunsail’s The Talisman V that love shelling as much as we do!

Rambo with Talisman V crew Bahamas

To be continued…. but check out my last post if you missed the first half of this trip CLICK HERE . 

And don’t forget we have some other shelling adventures you can join too…. CLICK HERE.

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Bahamas pink sea shells and starfish

We love exploring new shelling destinations… but sailing the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas on a 44 foot Sunsail catamaran searching for sea shells is spectacsheller!

Sunsail marina in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

Clark and I just returned from this fabshellous Bahamian vacation with blue skies and good friends. We have traveled with our friends Jane and John to other islands like Turks and Caicos as well as Cat Island but this was the first time we had the privilege of sailing with them on the Talisman V from Marsh Harbour with John as our captain along with friends Dick, Mary and Karen. We were quite the crew of beach bling sniffin’ shellers.

Pam Clark Rambo with Talisman V crew Abacos Bahamas

We sailed to a different island every day, set our anchor then hopped in our dinghy to comb every inch of the beaches looking for tiny hidden treasures…

beach combing Abaco Bahamas

We snorkeled in crystal clear aqua waters to find unbelievably gorgeous gems like this SEA BISCUIT and KING HELMET Clark found one day.

Clark Rambo with shells Abaco Bahamas

The Talisman V was not only our transportation, it was our beautiful home for the week with breathtaking views that changed every second of the day.

 

Seashells on a sailboat in the Bahamas

We even had unmatched waterfront private dining by the best chef in town… Super Sheller Clark grilled lobster for us 2 nights! Really, how did I get so lucky?

Lobster dinner on Sunsail catamaran, Abaco Bahamas

I am thrilled with the shell loot we brought back but with no good internet connection, I couldn’t post anything to share with you in the last 5 days- grrrrr.  But now that we are home I will organize, identify and take a few more photographs of the different Caribbean shells we found and try to map our route just in case you are ever in the same area. It’s weird though… now that I’m looking back at my photos, it’s hard to remember exactly which island we found which shells. Eeeeek- I’ll have to get some help on each destination from the rest of the crew! Until then….

Stay tuned for more lovelies like this QUEEN CONCH…

Pink conch on a sandy beach in Abaco Bahamas

Pam Rambo in her Shellaboratory seashell laboratory

Introducing…. My Shellaboratory!

Pam Rambo's Shellaboratory

This was my summer project … Secret Mission:  Shellnado Transformation into Shellaboratory .

SeaShells sort of sorted in containers

Our shell collection used to look like a shellnado hit it head on! So I finally organized the thousands of shells Clark and I have picked up over the years to learn about the different species of shells and beach bling that wash up on our shores of Southwest Florida.

Pam's Shellaboratory of shells on Sanibel

We collect not only the pretty or most colorful shells, we collect different color forms, freaks and not-so-attractive shells and “bling” to learn about their lives in the Gulf of Mexico. Its an educational experience for us as well as a hobby to appreciate the beautiful qualities each shell has to offer.

containers for organizing sea shells

The best part is that I have the privilege to be able to share this knowledge with you! We are learning together and it will help tremendously when I want to write those posts like “the differences in types of shells” or like “different colors variations in the same species“. It won’t take me all day just to find those different color forms. Yay!

seashell collection

I always wanted to have an organized craft room for the many art projects I’ve created over the years. But… I’ve always had a few obstacles. I get scatterbrained. I get so excited when an idea for a project pops into my brain. I turn into a mad scientist thinking up all the fun stuff I can create but my crazy mind never pays attention to the clean up details during or after my “work of art” is complete. Organizing has always taken too much time away from the actual “fun” project… until now!

Shelves for organizing shells in jars and bins

Yes, this was fun! It all started as I needed a space for those big shells I painted to decorate the Junonia Jalopy for the Golf Cart Parade. They were crammed behind some Christmas boxes in the garage from last year. See? I never even put the Christmas stuff up because I was on to the next project. Those poor painted shells were getting bumped, bent and covered with dust. Geez! I worked hours on those things and I didn’t even have time to put them away properly. That got me started thinking about “decorating” my Shellaboratory with them.

Of course, I should use them to decorate!

jars of shells and painted shells

Then I measured my space for shelving which was the perfect excuse to make several road trips to Ikea for adjustable book shelves and storage containers. I love Ikea. I finally had a space to display all the jars I’ve been saving for years to one day to use for a job like this… but I still needed more. I shopped discount stores, dollar stores, thrift stores and yard sales to find different sized jars or tubs so I could see each type of shell. I even found a place to put my Shelly Temple dress  (just in case I ever want to sing “On the Good Beach, Sanibel” again?).

shellaboratory beach bling blog

After building the shelves and finding homes for my containers, my next project was to sort… and sort… and sort. This was the part that was oh-so fun! I found shells that brought me back to the exact day I found it. I spent hours upon hours organizing and I felt like only 5 minutes went by- just like shelling on the beach.

Somewhat organized sea shells in containers

Each time I found a WORM SHELL, I said the same thing I say when I find one on the beach… “Wormie!”. Yep, I now have enough that I can make a few more WORM SHELL frames now too.

oodles of worm shells

I’m still not done sorting but I separated the room so one area is dedicated to displaying BEACH BLING for the different types of SEA BEANS, ECHINODERMS, EGG CASINGS and all that cool sort of bling…

beach seeds, mollusk egg casings, echinoderms shellab

I’ve started one area dedicated to BIVALVES…

shelves for shells in cute containers

and another area for GASTROPODS (uhk- I’m not fond of that word – ewww- lets call them UNIVALVES, shall we?)

rambo shellaboratory sea shell laboratory

If you noticed I wasn’t on the beach every single day the last few months… No- I wasn’t taking a shellbatical.

Pam Rambo shellaboratory with shells and bling

I was being a shellab rat in my own Shellaboratory!

Pam Rambo's Shellaboratory

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