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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Sea Life & Beach Bling I.D.

Not only do I love shelling to find seashells, I love encountering wild SEA LIFE and the different types of sea grasses, collectables and oddities I call BEACH BLING that wash up on the shore of Sanibel, Captiva and the Gulf coast.

These are my discoveries while walking on the beach looking for treasures. Enjoy the stories that explain where each of these amazing gifts of Mother Nature were found by clicking on each picture. I will try to continually add to this list so we can learn together.


Sand Dollar Beach Treasure ID Purple Sea Urchin ID  Sea Urchin Long Spined Debris ID West Indian Sea Egg Potato Heart Urchin Royal Beaded Sea Star Brittle Serpent Star Sea I.D. Brown Spiny Starfish Lined Sea Star Starfish ID Nine Armed Millipede Starfish ID Orange Ridged Sea Star ID Sea Cucumber Beach Debris ID


 Apple Murex Egg Case ID Fighting Conch Egg String Horse Conch Egg Case ID Kings Crown Egg case Pygmy Octopus Egg Sac Sharks Eye Moon Shell Egg CollarSkate Egg Case ID Tulip Shell Egg Case Whelk Egg Chain Mauve-Mouth Drill Egg case


Flame Box Crab Fiddler Crab id Ghost Crab Beach ID Hermit Crab in Seashell Horseshoe Crab ID Leopard Crab Shell ID Purse Crab Identification


Mollusk Operculum Shiva Shell Turban Operculum


 Shark's Teeth Agatized Coral Geode PufferFish Mouthplate fossil Stingray Mouth Plate ID


American Alligator Sanibel ID Bobcat ID Cownose Ray ID Dolphin ID Manatee ID Puffer Fish ID Smalltooth Sawfish Florida   Seahorse ID Loggerhead Sea Turtle Gopher Tortoise ID


Barnacle ID Bristle Worm Sea Life ID Bryozoa Beach Debris Coin Vine Seed Identification Coral Beach Flotsam Crucifix Shell Dead Man's Fingers Hydroid Identification Moon Jellyfish ID Manatee Grass Beach ID Mangrove Seed Pods ID White Mangrove Seed Identify Nickerbean seed pod ID Pygmy Octopus ID Parchment Worm Peanut Worm ID Pigs Foot on Beach Portuguese Man O War Sea Anemone Beach ID Ragged Sea Hare Identify Sea Hare Identification Sea Pearl Bean Sea Pork Beach Treasures Sea Whip beach ID Worm Rock ID


 Bald Eagle ID Black Crowned Night Heron ID Blue Heron ID Common Tern ID Great White Heron ID Ibis ID Laughing Gull ID Ring-Billed Gull ID American Oystercatcher Florida Roseate Spoonbill Bird ID Royal Tern ID Ruddy Turnstone ID Sanderling ID Snow Egret ID Snowy Plover ID White Pelican ID Sandwich Tern Identify Willet Bird ID


  1. Love your new site. Coming down to Sanibel in March. Can’t wait for some shelling trips. Sandy

  2. Hello! I stumbled across your website and I hope you don’t mind but you could help me identify a seashell I found today? I’m having a heck of a time searching for a name for it and nothing is coming up. I found it in Stone Harbor, NJ and I actually thought it was seaglass at first with how transparent it is. I posted a picture of it here

    Thanks so much and you have a lovely site!


  3. Love your site ! Cyber shelling is my favorite when I can’t be in Florida… Calms me down! haha! Hope to shell with you in March 2016.

  4. I found your website today and I just wanted to tell you I love it!! I like lo

  5. I love your web site. One of my favorite things to do is look for shells on the beach where I live in Staten Island. I mostly find old bottles from early 1900s and late 1800s here. Every now and then I find a gem like a sea horse or hermit crab. We have a lot of horse shoe crabs here.

  6. Hi Pam! I was in Clearwater in July and loved shelling on various beaches in the area. I used your site to identify much of what I found and I love looking at the photos you post. I am an artist so, when I came home, I started a project with cross-barred venus shells and ran out. Do you know anyone who would sell me some?

  7. Hi Pam! We’re visiting Clearwater Beach on Feb 8th and planned to visit Honeymoon Island specifically…perhaps even head over to Caladesi Island as well. Any tips on where to find the best shells at those locations? My 9 yr old daughter is heart-broken that we can’t make it down to Sanibel. But we’re hoping this is the next best thing :-)
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  8. Hi Pam,
    I was on Sanibel last week and saw many animals (in side of shells) with the operculum still attached but know shell. Can you tell me what causes this? Also, I was told by a sheller that if you throw a live shell back into the water, the impact kills the shell. Is that true?

    • Hi Sharon, we should actually just place live shells back in the water (if you’ve already picked it up and want to help it)- not throw them. If the shell lands on the tip of the spire, it can detach the animal from the shell so yes, that can kill it. Since they are live animals we need to be gentle with them. I think I need to do a post about, right? :)

  9. I think that would be a good idea as many people think they are saving the shell by throwing it back.
    What about the animal with operculum still attached, but no shell. The birds were enjoying them. I have never seen that in all the years I have been shelling, about 25 years.

    • That animal must have just died and come out of the shell. Lots of those fighting conchs and horse conchs (that’s prob what you saw) have a hard time with this cold weather, rough surf and all the rain that had to be released from river.

      • Thank you so much for answering my questions. Now I know who to contact for answers to my questions. Have a great day!

  10. Hi! I have been searching everywhere for an answer to a friend’s question. She was beach combing in fort Myers after Colin and found several odd “creatures” on the beach, but no shells. I have pics if I may send them to you somehow?

  11. Hi Pam,

    I was wondering if you are going to have any trips in early October to Big Hickory? WE’ve gone on your fabulous shelling cruise before and had a great time! This year we are visiting early October with some additional family members and we’d love to take them on one of your fun cruises.

    Thanks so much!

  12. Hello pan i just wanted to say that i have dreamed of finding shells like you and you are so amazing and so talented to find these sea shells,i hope to do what you do one day.

  13. OMG! I’ve turned into such a shelling geek! We moved to Navarre, FL two years ago, and I immediately became addicted to shelling. Thanksgiving day, I found a Junonia!!! I could not believe it. As rare as they are down south, it never occurred to me that I would find one in the panhandle! Needless to say, I was thrilled! I had to tell you, because no one gets it up here! Lol! Love you, love your website, love your you tube videos! Thanksfor listening!

    • Congrats Joelle!!! Or should I say SHELLZAM! Heehee. I’m sure you’ll be on cloud nine for a while- it’s awesome. :)

  14. Hi Pam.

    I was wondering if you can help me identify a “shell” of some sort, that we found while strolling the Jumeirah Beach, here in Dubai, UAE.

    I have been browsing the web, looking for a match, but my kids and I need your expert help.

    Is there an email address I can use, to send you a photo?

    Thank you.

  15. My friend sent me some pictures of people gathering shells in Florida,that had what looked like eggs on them. There were barnacles on the shells, but these egg looking things were just a little bigger and reddish brown. What are they and what would they use them for?

  16. Hello Pam,

    How is the shelling in September? We are going to Sanibel Island September 22-29. I would love to hear from you.
    Thanks much!

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