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Seashells Found Around The World

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Sea Life | 19 comments

“After 38 years of searching I ended 2016 with this. It rolled up in front of me at Mitchell’s on West Gulf. A good omen for the new year” said Sue B. on iLoveShelling Facebook page. I couldn’t have been happier to see this photo of Sue and her JUNONIA on Sanibel she posted. I met Sue and her lovely family years ago on the beach and always feel such a connection. Shellzam! ;)

Then I kept scrolling to see other posts and got the same feeling when I saw Diane S and her HORSE CONCH “Yahoo! Number 2 on my Bucket List was checked off today!”. I’m sure this was found in SW Florida, right Diane? Conchratulations!

Then I saw posts of shell finds from around the world. Cool! Mane J. said “My new year gifts from Thailand , I didn’t expect to get special shells as I get most the same every time but !! never thought I could get them both together , love it !!”. SPIDER CONCHS!

spider conchs thailand seashells

“Found this beauty on 90 mile beach Victoria, Australia” said Anna S..  Oh My! That looks like a SOWERBY’S VOLUTE? Shelltastic!

Ericusa sowerbyi sowerbyi

Then Michele B. said ” Exumas, Bahamas…”.  I just love the Caribbean and to see other finds around the world.

Back on Captiva Island, Florida …. I scheduled a Shell Love Bug outing at Captiva Cruises so I got to meet folks coming from their shelling trip from Cayo Costa. I’m so happy I did! They were thrilled to see the shell car and fun for Shell Love Bug and I to see their shell finds. (See Shell Love Bug schedule HERE)

It’s gonna be a wonderful new year especially seeing such amazing shell finds from beachcombers around the world.

It’s a brand new year.


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2016 Best Of i Love Shelling

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Best Of, Top 10 Best Seashell Posts | 13 comments


fullsizerender-42016 kicked off the year with a bang after very cold weather and a few storms brought gobs of seashells to our beaches of Sanibel and Captiva in January and February. That started the seashells flowing as Clark and I caught the travel bug to explore many different shelling destinations around the world. And then there’s another travel bug I caught ;).. that was a very big “bug”. heehee

Here are my top 10 posts for 2016… Enjoy the count down from #10 to #1 post this year.

Click on each image to find out why they are so special for 2016!

#10 –

 Ebb and Flow Of Life and Shelling  (with video)

Sanibel Cockle shell at sunset-1


 Calm After The Storm 



 Shelling Is Beach Therapy 

sanibel seashells on bowman beach


 Combing The Beaches Of The World One Island At A Time



Crazy Carolina Beach Combing – Shelling Trip To Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

 Portsmouth island North Carolina seashells



 Beachcombing Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas



 My Inner South Carolina Seashell Artist Is Channeling Whelks

channeled whelk shells



I Lassoed Me A Sanibel Horse Conch (with an unbelievable video)

pam rambo with big shell


 She Saw Seashells While Sailing The Seychelles

branched murex seychelle islands

And… drum roll please….. my favorite day …. and favorite post of 2016!!!!


 Shell Love Bug is Born



I’d love to know which posts were YOUR favorite.

Happy New Year!

Check out all the past years Top 10 iLoveShelling posts…


best of 2015 ad i Love Shelling best of 2014 best-of-2013-ad-11 best-of-2012-sanibel Best-of-2011 Best-of-Sanibel-2010

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Best Gifts From The Sea

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 24 comments


For me, the best gifts seem to come with an experience like beach combing. With an assortment of shells and bling at the end of the day, it reminds me of my entire walk on the beach hearing the ocean splash on the sand while scanning the beach for different shells.


When I see kids getting excited about finding treasures, it reminds me of my first beach finds.


I got to share the excitement of amazing gifts of the sea on a shell filled beach last week on Cayo Costa with our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.


The beach was loaded with LETTERED OLIVES, WHELKS and CONCHS (and SUNRAY VENUS and CALICO CLAMS) but I also found an ALBINO FLORID PRICKLY COCKLE (with a red COQUINA inside) and a ROSY WOLF SNAIL (bottom shell in my hand).


We found a huge live LIGHTNING WHELK too then quickly placed it back in the water.


My favorite part of this trip was to meet awesome people that love shelling as much as I do.




Thank you for such a nice day and for your gifts as well :).



And thank you for sharing your artful eye ;) ….



Everybody received not only shells but as on every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received another gift…

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

It was a joyous day.


I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful holiday as much as we are. I’ve been a little occupied with family of course during this season…. and also celebrating a new family member. This was the best gift Clark and I could have asked for. Meet our new rescue kitten Prince Harry (he’s a “hairy” red head, very charming and a little bit of a bad boy heehee) aka Cat 5 (short for CATegory 5 HarryCain- because he’s our 5th cat together and his adopted name was Cain  hahaha). Our 15 year old Dustie (DustBall) loves him already too. I have to admit…. he’s so stinkin’ cute, it’s hard to do anything else but play with him.



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