Don’t get your taste buds all worked up about TURKEY, RICE or CANDY because I’m talking seashells, of course! We found lots of mini “morsels” at the lighthouse over the weekend including these two TURKEY WINGS (the biggest one is only about an inch long) and two TAMPA TURRIDS in the photo above and RICE OLIVES and BABY’S EARS in this next photo.
Along with the usual ANGULATE WENTLETRAPS, I found a BROWN BANDED WENTLETRAP too….
…. And some AUGERS and little FIGHTING CONCHS.
And to top it all off with some sweet candy, we found two HORSE CONCHS and baby ALPHABET CONE.
I met William and Melissa (Jacksonville, FL) filling their shells bags with SCALLOP shells, CONCHS and some MUREXES.
I found out this was their first trip to Sanibel so I showed them how to find WENTLETRAPS too..
I met another Shelling Sister Sanibel Stooper on the beach too…. this little cutie Lucy! She was having a ball with this COCKLE shell on the beach with her parents Jeff and Tammy.
And look what I found again…. a SMOOTH DUCK CLAM. Maybe it isn’t that unusual (?)
Unfortunately, it’s so thin and fragile, it broke when I got it back to the house……oops!
There were so many SAILOR’S EARS, I bunched a few together and that’s when I saw the SMOOTH DUCK CLAM too.
Just a reminder- If you haven’t entered the Susick Sea Shell Sifter Giveaway yet, CLICK HERE to win!
Please enter me in the free shelling sifter giveaway!! If I win, my husband will have to take me to Sanibel!! :)
We can NEVER find the Wentletraps! We go and go and go to the Lighthouse beach, but I guess we don’t have an eye for finding them. Any advice? Is there a sandbar we should walk out to??
Rowena, Yes! I have lots of advice. I have lots and lots of posts that show you exactly where to find wentletraps. If you go to the left had side of my blog and look under “Categories” then scroll down to “wentletraps”, click on that and you will find every post that I’ve done for finding them. Make sure you look at the videos- it’s crazy how much info I have on these little goodies. Take your time to read the posts, I have so many tips! Here is the link as well….. http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/category/wentletrap/
So glad to see another doggie on the beach!
you found a tampa turd!!! Eeeewwwww LOL
Any ideas of how to display all the minis and macros we find so
that not only can we enjoy them but those whom we share our
I have been looking for display ideas for so long but haven’t found
I have a cute little bottle shaped sort of like a genie’s bottle — 4-5″ tall with a narrow neck and round bottom. I filled it with mini shells and everyone that sees it always comments on all the tiny treasures!
I use the scrapbook or jewelry storage containers for storing my shells. It is great when I want to take them some where or just pull them out to look at.
I found nice glass dishes that are about 4 inches high with sides that I put a variety of shells in and display on a table of shelf.
I did a shadow box/frame– using a beach scene scrapbook page as mat, I filled the inside with mini shells from Sanibel and dated it. For me it is the perfect reminder of our first visit to Sanibel and the awe of seeing a beach covered with shells!
Take a look at Tweezer Sister Judith’s framed minis at http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/2011/03/01/sanibel-beach-is-a-beautiful-canvas/
Thanks to all for the ideas! On the
lookout now for some glass bottles : )
I would like to be entered in the Susick Seashell Sifter contest! (Just don’t make me say it three times fast!! :)
We are volunteering at a Florida State Park this year and I will HAVE to walk on the beach every morning….. so I really need this!!!
Thanks for your site. It is informative and fun and makes living in Indiana for 9 months possible….Just look at the pictures and dream!
please enter me for a shifter. save the shipping–i’ll come pick it up.
Pam, how do you tell the difference between dove shells and baby fighting conchs?
Awww even my sweet Lucy-:)likes to shell!
I just love those turkey wings! I wonder if having a daughter born on Thanksgiving has anything to do with that.
I love the minis…so ready to come back to Sanibel.
im going with my family to sanibel and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SEASHELL(EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) is the olive shell. How do you find them and what is the approximate size of regular ones. thanks bunches,