I used to think that all white FIGHTING CONCHS were just regular shells that were bleached by the sun until I saw the albino conch Lee Garret found and Mary Ann’s photo of multi color FIGHTING CONCHS on my post in February… Prettiest Speckled Tellin . I’ve been looking for one ever since I saw theirs so last week we found one that was albino-ish but now we found an unmistakable shiny white ALBINO FIGHTING CONCH. I love to find a special shell that I’ve probably overlooked in the past but now have learned to appreciate it so much.
We’ve had rain in the mornings at low tide the last few days but even in the rain, I found other shellers. As you can see the shoreline at Blind Pass Captiva, there may not be any new shells coming in but there are still shells on a high wrack line to pick through.
On the Sanibel side of Blind Pass, I walked out to the beach (in the rain) and met shelling sistah Cecile (AL) soaked to the bone but having such a good time scooping shells in the surf. She said until she hears thunder or sees lightning… she’s gonna be shelling. All she needed was little mini windshield wipers for her glasses. She had just found a WORMIE!
As soon as she said that, we heard a little clap of thunder in the distance so we both walked back to our cars where it was a pleasure to meet the rest of her family. Since it was raining, Irene thought she’d stay in the car and wait for Cecile to get her shelling fix and wait for the goodies to be brought to her. Talk about special… it is her birthday next month. You’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you how old she is gonna be….. 92! Happy birthday Irene!
I was excited to meet a couple more shelling sistahs for the first time yesterday at lunch. If you’ve ever read any of the comments here on these posts, you probably “know” Roxanne Reinhart and Sheri Zipp! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and they have been dear to my heart for giving me such good feedback and conversation for almost the whole entire time. I have no idea how they found iLoveShelling to begin with but I’m grateful and that I saw both of them together. Here’s a picture of my special “finds” Roxanne, Sheri and Sheri’s daughter Samantha.
I also hope to meet you one day on Sanibel. If life allowed I would be there as much as I could be. I may not always comment but I so enjoy the pictures and stories you write about. It takes me there if only for a moment. :)
Oh how I am missing Sanibel, even rainy shelling! Thanks for making me feel closer through your blog!
Sheri and Samantha went out with Capt. Brian…Right?? Your famous Pam that’s how we all know you!! You are our expert on all things Shelling….Shelling Ambassador!! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on paradise…like Debbie Says your blog takes us there…if only for a moment! Thanks so much!!
Thanks you guys! And yes, Cheri- they had a great time with Capt Brian… and found lots of shells ;)
I just love, love, love your blog…it’s simply the best shelling site!!
We will be in Sanibel in a couple weeks and I was wondering if Captain Brian that you mentioned does shelling and snorkeling tours? Any ideas how I could contact him?
Thanks in advance for your help….you are the shelling Queen!!!
If you click on the blue box in the top left side on Pam’s page where it says “Shelling Guide” you will see Captain Brian’s picture. Click on it and it will take you to his website. I think he’ll take you anywhere you want to go. Katherine
Thank you for being so kind as to help me out with info on Captain Brian. We’re leaving Oct 29th for Sanibel and hoping to get in touch for a shelling trip! Can’t wait!!!
Happy shelling! Jude
I have met the nicest people thru blogging – including YOU!!
It has been raining for three days here in Georgia-raining and gray and blah! Rainy days are better if you are at Sanibel!! WIsh I was there-thanks for giving us a little taste of Sanibel! Oh, by the way, have you ever considered renting out husband Clark?? With his record number of the big “J” you could probably get top dollar renting him out as a shell hound!!!
We pray for rain!!! With lots of DR appts and running around you will never know how much your emails do to boost my “get up and go” Look for them each day and you have a special file so I can revisit them.
Hope to meet you in April.Janet in Arizona
Congrats on finding some special shells. Only 18 more days till we are on Sanibel.
Lee & Bill
WOW!!!! Gotta love those albinos!! I’m also confused if some shells are albinos and some are just bleached. I found a tulip that was VERY lightly colored, but u could still see light bands around it. I would think that it was bleached….. but i found it way out in the water. What do you think???
We were in Sanibel last week and found an albino-ish fighting conch down by the lighthouse! I remembered reading your post about the white one before and was so excited! We found another that was grayish in color also and yet a little shiny. We did the Sanibel Stoop until the backs of our necks were burned but it was worth it! I find myself here at work daydreaming of Sanibel/Captiva now more than I was doing before we left for there!
Pam, I love reading your daily blogs about shelling on Sanibel, Captiva and other Gulf shores, and how you keep me in touch with what’s going on there. I’m so glad that you take the time to write you daily blogs and now I look forward to reading them every afternoon. You know what I would love to see? Photos from your blog followers of their creative shelling projects. You’ve shared lots of ideas with us already, but I’d love to see more. Keep it up, you sweet girl!
Pam I to check your blog every afternoon after work. I just love it , like the above commentors it does take me back if just for a few mins. My sister and I come down every year for the last 5 yrs. Wish we were able to come more often. Hope to meet you sometime on the beach. Karen
I love all my albinos, but the fighting conch is special. It looks like milk glass.
Thanks you guy for such sweet comments! Jude, I have a tab onb the left side of this blog that says “Shelling Guides” if you click there it will take you to this page… http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/shelling-guides/ You will love Capt Brian!
Thanks Pam for the link. I remember the website you had before this one, I’m not sure how I found it, it’s been a while. you have wonderful people following you. You’ve done great.
I absolutely love the Albino Fighting Conce.. It’s so lovely.
I’m curious what Blind Pass is looking like. I haven’t kept up with your blog these past few weeks,I apologize.
Thank you again for providing me with mostly all the info we need for our Sanibel Trips. I might be needing your help with real estate but that I’ll email you tomorrow. Again, from me & my kids thank you for the lovely photos you provide us. Makes us feel like home ღ
oh, the white is so milky beautiful white….just lovely….great finds.
Pam, see you in a week :)
anyone else going to be in Sanibel from the 20-28th??? Lets shell-up!!
firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone is interested in a shell-up (meet up on the sand) and lots of stories to share!!
have a great day!!
thanks so much Pam
I am so happy that we got to meet Pam and Sheri and Sam. It was great to have lunch with you all. Pam we missed you on our shelling excursion with Louise (waterwoman adventures). She is fabulous. We were lucky to go with her because the shelling on Sanibel was not the greatest.
Oh, I packed all my shells found from that excursion in my “iloveshelling” tote and carried it through the airports. It musta weighed 20-30 lbs and the tote held up great!! My back, not so much..lol