Among thousands of KITTEN’S PAW shells that washed in by the jetty rocks on Captiva Island’s Blind Pass yesterday, a very cool FULGURATOR OLIVE rolled up from the surf as well. Can you even see it in the photo above? It’s almost camo-ed, right? It was a happy day Linda from South Carolina (right) who was the lucky gal who found it! Shellzam! Here she is with her awesome shell along with her family Keith and Hannah.
These are just a few of the other shells they found there too…
There were so many CERITHS too but Hannah was loving all of the “PAWS” since she a Tiger. A Clemson Fighting Tiger!
Hannah wasn’t the only one loving the PAWS, Sarah is a Clemson Tiger too. Sarah and her mom Shannon (Greenville, SC) were new to shelling so being surrounded by so many PAWS on vacation in Florida felt like a warm welcome mat rolled out especially for them.
KITTENS weren’t the only PAWS washing up on the beach, Linda and I found a few fragments of LIONS PAWS too… and some other sweet shells.
Just a few days ago, only sand and waves were crashing on the shore but then came a line of SEAWEED… then a mound of shells. You just never know what to expect until you get there.
Wanna CYBERSHELL? Click on the next photo. Meow!
Thanks for the cyber shellin’ this morning. Haven’t been there since February, so I needed it! Lots of kitten paws, bits of sand dollars and a few of my most fav jingles! Ahhh, my morning just got better!
Wow, a million zillion kitten’s paws!
Nice fulgurator olive!
I was in Sanibel last Wednesday and I went shelling. My boyfriend and I brought home at least 2 gallons of Kitty Paws. They were all over the place. I also, brought home some Atlantic Giant cockles and a few other seashell varieties. I cant wait to go shelling again and next time I will go on one of the shelling trips offered by locals. I enjoy reading your posts, Bea Valiente
How much of the Junonia was there? See the piece showing at about the 11:00 o’clock position in the top of the frame. Mike
I had to go back and look… I see it! …. But if u zoom in, it’s a piece of coral that looks like it has Junonia spots. Darn. :)
I looked and looked and came to the same conclusion. It is a piece of coral! Sorry Mike. Easy mistake.
We ran over there after your post to facebook, Brad found a Scotch Bonnet, Jess and I found pieces of Bonnets but then nothing else…. This was in the water on the other sided of the rocks….there were lots of kittens paws…all we saw on that side of the rocks was seaweed!! :/
Hi Cheri! I’m so glad you and ur family went and found some good ones! You can’t see it very well, but there is a scotch bonnet in Linda’s left hand. It’s a little broken too but it has the lip and it’s fun that y’all found them too. I was so thrilled to see that she found a fulgurator that I forgot to mention the scotch bonnet.
Thanks for the cyber shelling fix….I needed that! Can’t wait to get back to wonderful Florida this October.
Here’s a project for anyone who collects Kitten Paw’s. A few years ago we found a Christmas tree made out of Kitten Paw’s. They used a cone and then pushed in (slanted) the Kitten Paw’s layering down. It was sprayed white. Always planned to make one. Notice I said planned, lots of ideas.
What type of cone? I was there in June and found tons of kitten paws and the Christmas tree sounds like a fab idea…
Sorry I should have said styrofoam cone. The smaller end of the Kitten Paw’s is stuck in at a angle into the cone. I would imagine you would start at the top and work down. The second row would probably start below the middle of a “paw” and continue on down. Hope it turns out OK. Maybe this Nov. I’ll look for some myself. We decided we really don’t need any more shells, unless we find a special one. What did I say, they’re all special.
I’ve made several Styrofoam shell trees. I made one of all calico
scallops. I started at the bottom and worked up. That way you can overlap better to cover the spaces. I used graduated sizes with the largest at the bottom and small ones at the top. My favorite ones that I made were of mixed minis and shell pieces. It’s like putting a puzzle together. When I get the blues about not being at the beach I make a tree. Great therapy! I’ve posted pictures of 2 on Face Book.
I bought foam several years ago and I still haven’t made one yet. The only reason I would start at the top if you’re just doing “paws” is because only the small end is glued. I would guess it would work starting from the bottom. It really looks like pine branches cascading down. Had planned on doing some shell projects but we had a bad storm Monday night and we lost electricity and our lower level flooded, second time this year. We’ve never had water before this year. One of the rooms flooded is our seashell room, now that’s really sad.
Holy Kitten’s Paws Batman!!
iLoveShelling made our local newspsper via an insert called American Profile. Congratulations to Pam and Clark!
Hello Hot Lips! Who woulda thunk, right? Lol thanks for letting me know. We r thrilled!
Can you post the article link on here? Would love to read it. Have SO enjoyed your informative site. Will be in Sanibel after the 18th, sleepless until then anticipating a “shell” of a good time..lol
I got an e-mail from the curator of the shell museum. One of the articles about collection cataloging had a nice quote from you about the museum. There is also a picture of a duck made out of shells. The feet are kittens paws. People are finding some nice shells. Hope the shell piles continue. Pat
Wow. They are just so pretty.
What a beautiful fulgurator olive, congratulations Linda!!! When we were there several weeks ago, there were lots of olives in the surf one evening at Blind Pass. I checked everyone I could, fingers crossed one would be a fulgurator, but no luck. So glad Linda found one!
Thanks! I didn’t know what it was. I was so excited to meet Pam that morning while at Blind Pass. She spotted the fulgurator olive among all the other shells in my bag. I carry old pill bottles for small and/or special shells. Needless to say, Pam told me to put this extra special shell in one of the bottles. Meeting her was the highlight of our vacation. She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.