How could anybody not think that the smaller shells aren’t fun to collect too? Look at these cuties! You can look them up on the Seashell Identification Guide to find the names of each one. The only ones you won’t find probably are the LEOPARD CRAB shells (top middle) since they aren’t mullosks…they are shells of a crab…but they sure are pretty. You can always find treasures on Sanibel and Captiva if you take your time and look at how beautiful the shells are that you find….even if they are small.
That’s why I enjoyed meeting Justin and Adria from Texas. It looks like she’s holding an empty bucket but that’s only because all of those smaller shells that she was finding slid down out of the shot. I asked her if she was finding anything good and she said “All of these shells are fantastic! We don’t have anything like this at home.” She and Justin were tickled with their tiny treasures and the time they get to spend on Sanibel while visiting family every year. Some times it’s just the simple pleasures that are the best. Don’t you think?
We found tons of tiny treasures last year. In fact, that’s mostly what we found. They are equally as beautiful as their larger counterparts. I do love the big one though!!
I love how you add pictures of visitors to the island on your blog. What a great looking couple!
I have found one of those spotted crabs before, but it must have broken because I no longer have it.
I didn’t know one shell from the other when I shelled there years ago, and the museum wasn’t built. I’d love to get back down there and do some shelling again. Maybe one day. Until then, I will just enjoy your finds!
Some of the best, most soul-restful time I’ve spent on the beaches have been when I was concentrating on finding the tiny treasures. Nice wentletrap! I’ve only ever found three in my life (and all on the same day), but there’s always hope for “next time” :)
Heading down to Corkscrew tomorrow for some mobile adventures – have you ever been down there? This will be my first visit. Probably Naples Tomato for lunch!
Corkscrew Rd in Bonita? I know the road but maybe not as a destination. What’s there? Something fun?
Oh what a wonderful site you have! My daughter and I are drooling over the wentletraps, banded tulips and murexes. We just came back from spring break in Pensacola Beach. We found some new things for our collection – but we didnt find any of those! We live in Michigan and our big lake just isnt the same as the ocean. We cant wait to see more wonderful treasures on your blog.
I am so happy to find your site, I love shells of course and I am excited for the summer for more exploring. Love that blue water behind this cute couple. I am all about small treasures. I have some small shells I collected in Santa Barbara and they are part of my mini beach that I have in a glass bowl. hope you had a great weekend and here’s to a great week!
I love collecting the mini’s. Tink is right about it being soul-restful. Also, when she said Corkscrew–she meant Corkscrew Swamp, not the road. We were supposed to go down there together yesterday but the Monsoon rains kept us home.
Aha! Thanks, Snowbird. Let me know if there are any shells in that swamp when you get down there. Tree snails maybe. That was a monsoon! My yard is flooded- ugh.
I need ideas on different ways to display my minis I have collected over the years. Any ideas?