Last week’s Captiva Cruise during Shellabaloo turned in to paartay cruise! We had so many fun people aboard like Lily-Pink-Bikini-Susan (Cape Coral) who was thrilled to find her first SAND DOLLAR. Deana from New Jersey kept us in stitches on the boat but was an eagle eye on the beach finding shells. I met her last year at this same time after Hurricane Isaac and she had just found an ANGEL WING. Check out my post from last year from Labor Day weekend with Deana (CLICK HERE)– the shelling was incredible! Wanna guess what she found this year too? Yep! She found another ANGEL WING! What are the chances?
I had so much fun talking to Lisa from Atlanta and was so happy for her when she found an ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLAR… and a HORSE CONCH. The HORSE CONCH was a little beat up but she loves those big shells like I love my “yard shells”.
Woop! Woop! Christine (Ft Lauderdale) found a big whole HORSE CONCH while snorkeling in about waist deep water. It might look a little green and gunky right now, but I think this shell is gonna clean up to be a beautiful trophy!
Little cutie petutie Alex is holding a really nice LIGHTNING WHELK almost as big as she is! Her dad Jason (West Palm Beach, FL) asked me how to clean it up and I told him about my step by step tutorial – CLICK HERE. I think they will be surprised how well it will look once its cleaned. I asked him where they found it and he told me another gal on the cruise gave it to Alex. OMG How sweet!
The gal that gave away that beautiful shell is Sally. She said she was so happy with the ALPHABET CONE she found that she felt like she didn’t need the WHELK as well. Such a generous heart, Beautiful Sweet Sally…
Our voyage back to Captiva on the water was like looking at smooth blue glass. So picturesque…
…with a few DOLPHIN in our wake. Thanks to all of you awesome shellers for such an amazing day!
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Awwww, so generous of you Sally! May God bless your heart!
Looks like everyone had fun-with great finds. Hope we have great weather in February when we go on the cruise. By the way Pam, we booked our next vacation at Island Inn-late Jan-Feb. It will probably be too late for your Shellabaloo, but at least we’ll see you on the cruise.
Oh wow, what a beautiful day!
After many hours of blood, sweat and tears, the conch shell cleaned up nicely. Here it is!!!
We had such a great time on the shelling cruise – my kids want to come on the next trip!
It looks fantastic!!!! I know its a lot of work but you did it faaaast! I usually just let it soak in-between scrubbings. You did Good, girl!!!! hahaha:)
Looks great Christine! It was great to meet you on this shellastic shelling trip!
Do they still play that awesome Jimmy Buffett music on the Captiva Cruises? A few years ago on our way back from Cayo Costa to Sanibel they were playing “A Sailor Looks At 40”. It was one of the most beautiful, relaxing experiences I’ve ever had.
Thank you & Captiva Cruises for a shellastic shelling trip! What a great group of people we had. I have been on Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa before and they are alwys a good time but this trip was extra special getting to meet you and enjoy the day with other shellers! I look forward to future trips.
xx Lilly Gal Susan :-)
Sounds like a blast! Can’t wait to do it someday!!!!