As soon as I got on the beach this afternoon and saw that beautiful low tide that left piles of mini shells, I thought of Sanibel Sister Linda and Sanibel Sister Judith. I met them last year on the beach because I couldn’t resist asking them about their big long tweezers they used for picking up shells. I knew they were visiting Sanibel this week but didn’t know if I would recognize them….until I saw those big ole tweezers plucking at the shells. There they were! The full moon low tide was just perfect for “tweezing” their favorite shells… WENTLETRAPS and all of the minis. They both collect their shells to make shells boxes, mirrors and other gift items to sell in their shop Leonora Moss Floral Gatherings and Keepsakes. Good to see you and I’m so happy you both had great shelling day.
This picture of the dolphin I took this afternoon is a little preview of the video I’ll post tomorrow. He rushes to the beach in a feeding frenzy! Ps- The Shelling Sisters said that they heard the shelling was great today at Blind Pass. I’ll be there tomorrow to check it out.
Those are some pretty long tweezers but whatever works :) That tide looks so low, wish I was there right now, 3 more days. The moon is beautiful too, thanks for sharing.
I think I met the owner of that California florist shop a couple of years ago on Lighthouse Beach! We were both looking for wentletraps and started talking when she mentioned the shop. I commented on her tweezers and she immediately gave them to me, telling me to keep them, that she bought them at a flea market back home and had several pair with her. She was super nice and friendly and I’ve thought of her several times since then.
I’m sure that’s her and I’m sure she would looove your miniature work too! I hope they see this and click on your name to go to your blog. They both are lots of fun and truly very nice.
We are coming to Sanibel on the 5th with 10 year old daughter and really excited! Where are you having these crazy stingray and dolphin sightings? We’d love to see it, too!
I was lucky to be at the Lighthouse beach during this AWESOME low tide and found lots and lots of miniature shells! It was such a beautiful evening- something very special in the air:) I had met the Sanibel sisters earlier in the day- I shelled that morning at Blind Pass where my shelling buddy,Sue, found an adult scotch bonnet. Such a beautiful find- a shelling “expert” we ran into on the HUGE shell pile a little later said the adult bonnet is about as rare as a junonia! We shelled from 5AM until 8:30PM, starting at Blind Pass and working our way to the Lighthouse.Linda and Judy are warm and friendly- two shellers I’ll never forget. We were able to find a handful of wentletraps and a magnificent 5″ live true tulip which, unfortunately a woman picked up and threw in her bag. I approached her and asked her if she was aware of the law about taking live shells and she said yes but walked away with the shell in her bag. I DO hope she had a change of heart and put that beautiful creature back in the water. I need some feedback on this situation: what more could I have done after approaching her? I’ll be anxious to hear any suggestions from my fellow shellers. Thanks to all the wonderful people we met during our four day shelling marathon on the most lovely island!!! We had a wonderul time and cannot wait to come back again!
I can’t say it enough…shellers are the nicest people on the planet and the Sanibel Shelling Sisters are a good example of that. They are the best, aren’t they?
As for the live tulip- I think you did what you could do. You informed her of the law and the ethical thing to do. We don’t really know if she was going to take it back to her husband or child down the beach just to show them or get a picture then put it back in the water. I know we’ve done that- I’ve taken an incredible live shell over to show Clark or vice versa then put it back in the water. It’s not going to harm the mollusk. We can only hope that this woman did the same…put it back in the water.
Wow! Shelling from 5am to 8:30 pm. You rock!