seeing live horse conch while snorkeling

We had another exshellent shelling adventure on our Captiva Cruises boat trip to Cayo Costa yesterday with brilliant blue skies and turquoise water as a perfect backdrop for beach combing and snorkeling.

shellers snorkel in south west florida

And of course we found a few beautiful shells for souvenirs to remember the day forever.

shells we find in sw florida

I was thrilled to meet shellers like Hannah and her mom Bonnie (from Kentucky) to start our day…

hannah bonnie ky

Mother Nature is a funny lady sometimes, you know? We normally find the mini shells and BABYS EARS on the bay side where the boat pulls up but came up a little empty handed. Then we turned the corner of the point of the island and finally found a line of shells to comb through…

shells on a beach in florida

We finally started to find the spot where the BABYS EARS were hiding. Sharon And Bob from San Antonio Mike were lucky enough to have spotted a perfect specimen.sharon bob san antonio visit sanibel beaches

JoAnne from SC found the right spot to collect a bucket of shells to take home for “camp” projects for their grandkids this summer. Fun!

mike JoAnne SC shelling sw florida

I was very excited to see Amy (with her husband Rodney) spot one of the biggest BABYS EARS Ive ever seen.

amy rodney mo babys ear shell sw florida

Shelling Sistah Lisa Feds was on the cruise with us too and she showed me her best find of the day…

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She struck OLIVE gold. It has the golden color form of a GOLDEN OLIVE with some beautiful flecks of chocolate. Gorgeous!

gold olive cayo costa

Joyce from Pennsylvania showed me shell to identify…

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I had to break out laughing… It’s an IMPERIAL VENUS! I just wrote about this shell on my last post since it was the first time I had found one. This one is either very beach weathered or its a fossil but either way- I love this find!

imperial venus clam cayo costa

Meet the Shellmans! I am very jealous (shellous) of Mark and Sue of North Carolina since their last name is Shellman! LOL I think you have to be a sheller if you are lucky enough to have that last name.

mark sue north carolina visit sanibel for shells


Diana and Mike from Kansas City found a few treasures but as nice as Mike’s KINGS CROWN was, he placed it back in the water since a HERMIT CRAB had taken up residence in that beautiful shell. Those CRABS always pick the nicest shells to call home, don’t they? I guess I don’t blame them.

diana mike kansas city vacation to florida for shells


Rachelle and Justin from Missouri have lots of shelling stories and do lots of crafts with the shells they find. Rachelle embellished her visor with shells on the bill and even made her collapsable mesh shell bag. I wish I had gotten a closeup photo- they both are so cool.

rachelle justin missouri vacation in florida for seashells

Shaun and Kevin from Colorado Springs had some pretty good luck finding some nice shells to take home.

shaun kevin from Colorado on shelling vacation captiva cruise boat

These are a few of their favorite shells…

sea shells collected in south west florida


Emma and Candy from New York are avid shellers and both have different styles of shelling. Emma worked the wrack line on the beach and her mom Candy snorkeled the entire time at Cayo Costa. She said she had a blast.

emma candy from ny vacation in florida for shells

We had a bunch of really fun shellers on this iLoveShelling cruise that it was a pleasure to meet.. especially Timothy, Sue, Karen and Diana. They were decked out in their iLS JUNONIA shirts to celebrate the shelling day.

timothy sue karen diana finding seashells in sw florida

I can’t tell you how fun it is to get this many shellers together that all love shelling as much as I do to talk about shells. It’s not just all about finding gobs of shells (although thats nice too), its about the whole experience of getting together. We all tell fun stories about what we are finding… and in these stories… we found out that Timothy found a JUNONIA at Blind Pass Captiva the day before. Emma found two (2!) JUNONIAS as the same place 2 days in a row. And Emily found a JUNONIA at the same place at the same time… and was there when Timothy found his! They all brought their JUNONIAS on the cruise with them! I love the shellowship and I love to share the shelling love.

timothy emma emily found junonias at blind pass captiva