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.
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!
Here are some of my other finds in the surf line at Blind Pass Sanibel…
I saw Amy doing the Sanibel Stoop out in the shallow water just before sunset…
She was having a ball picking up lots of the same jewels I found. Love that pink hat, Amy!
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.
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.
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 ;) )
That ledge at BP is probably full of shells. A few years back I was there when the high tide was washing that same ledge out & it was full of goodies. Timing + tide = good :D
Lovely photos! The sky has been sooo pretty (watching via webcams) lately. I’m hoping to get down there soon, maybe there will be some minis left for me! I’d also love to find a nice King’s Crown and some Wentletraps, I’ve only found one, yes, O-N-E!
Can you provide a link (or two) to the webcams that you watch on Sanibel? I would love that! Thanks so much!
Hi Diane, at the top of this page, there is a tab called ‘webcams’, its probably the same ones Janet is using. Have a great day!
Thank you so much, Donna! Have a great day also!
That’s right, Donna. Thanks.
Google “Sanibel webcams” and you’ll find several others. Among the sites I like are Weatherbug, Capeweather (both “dot com”); and Beachhunter (“dot net”)
In addition, If you are really addicted like me, google IslandSunNews (If you scroll down on their first page, you’ll see the Mucky Duck webcam which works better for me than the one on MD’s own website). The Island Sun News site also posts their weekly newspaper in PDF form which contains photos of the most recent super shelling finds on the Island and fun stories of what’s happening on the islands!
You can find all the best webcams right here at iLoveShelling (Thank you Donna R from NY!!) http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/sanibel-captiva-web-cams/
I try to give the best webcams of the area (which they change often) and keep them in a nice easy spot to access all of them. ;)
Thank you so much ladies! Pam, your blog is the BEST!
Sanibel has the best sunsets and sunrises! So beautiful! :)
I hope Pam doesn’t mind, but you should also check out Capt. brian’s blog, particularly the sept. 19 post, for some amazing sunrise photos.. So beautiful, he and Pam must have been in photography class together!!
What are sea beans?
Hi Katherine W.
Take a look at the alphabetical listing of topics on the left side of this page. There are three posts for Sea Beans and two for Sea Pearls.
I’ll be coming to Sanibel in nov looking forward to shelling as we are to stay at blind pass at castaways. Have enjoyed your blog. And hope to find a quarter of what you find in a day
My grandson and I will probably have competions with papaw judging when do you suggest we start?
Dr.Seuss or Shel Silverstein? Why, Shel(l) Silverstein, of course!! :D
I love mini shells and that’s what I will be seeking in a little over two weeks!! Yay! Yes ma’am Yay!!!
Hello Pam, After our third time on Sanibel, we have finally found the “Between Bowman Beach and Blind Pass Honey Hole!!!” It is absolutely AMAZING!!! We went twice yesterday and the day before and are headed out now for our last trip shelling before we go back to Tennessee. :( Was really hoping to meet you this trip but if not maybe next year! Happy Shelling! ;0)