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.
And of course we found a few beautiful shells for souvenirs to remember the day forever.
I was thrilled to meet shellers like Hannah and her mom Bonnie (from Kentucky) to start our day…
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…
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!
I was very excited to see Amy (with her husband Rodney) spot one of the biggest BABYS EARS Ive ever seen.
Shelling Sistah Lisa Feds was on the cruise with us too and she showed me her best find of the day…
She struck OLIVE gold. It has the golden color form of a GOLDEN OLIVE with some beautiful flecks of chocolate. Gorgeous!
Joyce from Pennsylvania showed me shell to identify…
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!
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.
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.
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.
Shaun and Kevin from Colorado Springs had some pretty good luck finding some nice shells to take home.
These are a few of their favorite shells…
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.
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.
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.