Earlier this week the DOSINIAS were everywhere at the lighthouse. Doesn’t it look like Mr Greenjeans just dropped all of his ping pong balls all over the beach? I know, I’m showing my age.
There has been a variety of shells washing up at the lighthouse beach this week. The MUREXES, SHARK’S EYE, TURBAN and FIGHTING CONCH that are resting inside a double DOSINIA CLAM were some of the treasures in Dennis and Terri’s (WA) shell bag.
A shelling sister!….With her tee shirt to prove it!
This is a view of the outside of a DOSINIA. You’ve probably seen one of these before if you’ve come for a visit to Sanibel or Captiva.
I placed their shells in the DOSINIA in the first photo because I saw this live APPLE MUREX looking so cute hanging upside down in this one.
That’s a huge WENTLETRAP in Terri’s hand! The smaller one is the size we are used to finding.
Ha! Clark hates to be out-shelled (remember the day I found my first SCOTCH BONNET? Clark found one the same day.) So of course he found a monster WENTLETRAP too.
This was a live BRITTLE STAR that got caught in the receding tide so we picked him up (they won’t hurt you) and placed in back into the gulf.
Here are a few pictures I took this week. I just didn’t get a chance to post them yet so the beach may have changed (as it does every day).
Judy and Robin
More Sanibel Stooping.
Don’t worry, it’s a DOLPHIN not a SHARK.
A pink SEA ANEMONE.
Blind Pass update: I took the photo above and the one below Sunday at Blind Pass on the Sanibel side. The sand is filling in between the shore and the sand bar so I wonder if there is any water that separates it now. I didn’t see anybody collecting too much there but I’ll check it out tomorrow too.
Awesome wentletrap. Am I imagining this, or is that a solid orange lace murex sitting in the dosinia?
It was a colorful little juvi lace but now that I look back at the photo, I don’t remember it being THAT orange… like a horsie. It was a beaut though. Maybe Terri will comment on it too.
Mr. Greenjeans??? I loved him and Captain Kangaroo! Now there is a trip down memory lane….. I cannot wait to get down there and see Blind Pass. I’d also like to find some wentletraps at Lighthouse Beach. I have yet to find any.
Oh my Pam! Blind Pass!! Wow, we were just there three weekends ago and it has changed so much. I am floored of how that sand bar has gone from in front of the Captiva rocks to almost creating a new beach line on the Sanibel side.
We will be back next weekend, can’t wait to see what it looks like then!
I was in Blind Pass Sunday and Tuesday evenings. There is still a fair amount of water between the shore and the sandbar. I found nada on the sandbar both evenings, but I did see some live olive shells on Tuesday. On Sunday there were a lot of live juvenile fighting conchs, almost everything else seemed to have a hermit crab. I did find a lovely large olive shell and a so-so alphabet cone in the waves (more like wavelets) on Sunday despite the crowds of people.
I watched Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans too. But I keep telling myself that I’m not getting older, I’m gettting better!! We were just there last week and it looks even more filled in and it has only been a few days. Are they still concerned that the pass will close, or is it just that the Sanibel beach is getting wider? It was so nice to see the water flowing (last time we were there the pass was closed.
I think since there’s good water flow through there again, I don’t think it’s as concerning but still keeping an eye on it of course.
How fun! I’m originally from Florida and your site brings back so many happy memories. I have jars of shells all over my house and they always bring a smile to my face.
I remember on my 9th birthday, waking up on a sleepy summer morning, and watching Captain Kangaroo sing “Happy birthday” to me on the tv.
Thanks for that memory Pam!
Awww. Isn’t that fun to think of those days? I would have been over the moon! I loved that show.
I love it!!! And Captain Kangaroo, Uncle Al and Mr Green Jeans…now who’s showing their age?!? ;)
I’m so jealous!! Look at that wentletrap!!!
Great photos! Ihave a bag of Dosinas from my last FL trip. Cheers
How about Grandfather clock? and Bunny Rabbit? I always watched them with a glass of Nestle Quik in my hand.
Love those dosinia clams – I am a sucker for “double” anything. You guys sound like kids remembering Capt. Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans – does anybody remember Howdy Doodie????? Can’t wait to get back to Sanibel with my high school friends and do that Sanibel Stoop!!
love the shell-in-shell shots :)
Love the Mr. Green Jeans analogy. They are very pretty shells. I always want to construct one of those sea shell victorian ladies (that were popular in Mr. Green Jeans’ day) when I see them in abundance on the beach.
I had NO idea Wentletraps were commonly tiny!! I think they are the most beautiful shell. They look like porcelain and I have yet to find them. But, I didn’t know where to look and I didn’t realize how small they are. I am now well informed for our next trip to my favorite US destination.
Great pics, and selection of shells! We sure do miss shelling in Sanibel now that our work season in Florida is over for this year.
But, I have to mention I did way too much stooping, and ended up with kinks in my back that gave my chiropractor a challenge! All better now :) And I’ve got tons of shells for crafting!