Most shellers could only dream of finding such a large perfectly toned LIGHTNING WHELK like this. But Clairissa from L.A. found TWO of them at Blind Pass Captiva! Boom Shellalaka!
I was absolutely thrilled for her and thrilled to find that there was a gorgeous shell pile that formed in the last 24 hours oN the beach by the jetty rocks. Shellalujah!
I saw her combing the water back and forth….back and forth. I asked her mom Nannette if she was finding anything out there and she said “Oh yeah…. Lots”.
As I looked in their bucket, they told me that the best ones were the big WHELKS they found in the rain storm late yesterday afternoon before the shell pile formed. Ooooo- I had to see them! Fortunately she still had them in her car. Yowza! Clairissa said she found them after hours of being out in the water in the rain. Persistence. She told me she actually found several of those large WHELKS ( i think she said 4) but gave 2 away to kids that were on the beach since she saved the 2 best ones for herself. She’s an amazing sheller and a saint. Congratshellations on your beautiful finds!
There were lots of other people finding shells too… including me.
My friend Susan sat right down in that big shell pile and started sifting…
Sitting in the one spot, she found 2 GAUDY NATICAS (COLORFUL MOON), CONCHS, WHELKS, OLIVES, MUREXES, SCALLOPS and one sweet HORSIE…
I’ve got lots more photos and a video too but had to get the news out…. shell pile at Blind Pass! We’ve had nice west winds for a few days with this rain storm and its supposed to continue for another day. Fingers crossed we have another few days of seashell heaven!