mauve mouth drill shell pile

From Bowman’s Beach to Blind Pass, there are nice shell piles with small treasures just waiting to be found. I found the sweetest little MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL sitting in a small shell pile that looked like it had already been raked through and picked over… but there it was. Just waiting for me to appreciate how perfect it was.

mauve-mouth drill sanibel

So many of these smaller shells look so similar, right? If you can’t tell the difference yet between this and the GULF OYSTER DRILL, please look at my post from February  6 that I compared these shells. You’ll be amazed!

mauve mouth drill fingers

Here are some of my other finds in the surf line at Blind Pass Sanibel…

Blind pass jewels

I saw Amy doing the Sanibel Stoop out in the shallow water just before sunset…

sanibel stoop blind pass

She was having a ball picking up lots of the same jewels I found. Love that pink hat, Amy!

Amy shells sanibel

I haven’t found as many shells at the Lighthouse Beach lately (I think I love to watch the wind surfers too much!) but I did meet some very cool gals from Texas, Melanie and Robin who were finding quite a few FIGHTING CONCHS and SCALLOPS.

melanie robin lighthouse beach

These are just a few others shells that I picked up (and Clark) from Blind Pass and Bowman’s. I could have filled 10 bags of FIGHTING CONCHS and such but I try to only keep a few shells (and SEA BEANS!) that are special to us.

seashells bowmans

Oh but lets back up… I’ve been getting questions about the dredging at Blind Pass sooooo…. I made a few calls today to make sure I had the correct info so Mike Mullins of the CEPD said “The county announced at the CEPD meeting last week that they were done.  They couldn’t get the dredge to do the inside, so the inside is quite shallow and there are no plans to do anything further.

So there you have it folks. The dredging is done. Now don’t be alarmed by this next picture of Blind Pass. It has nothing to do with the dredge, it’s just normal beach erosion but it’s quite a ledge (I’m a poet and don’t know it! LOL). We probably wont even see this next week, but I’ll try to run down there to give it a peek. (Sorry I couldn’t help myself with another rhyme ;) )

beach erosion blind pass

pink storm clouds sanibel