It’s a special moment to witness the power of Mother Nature as she displays some of her greatest works of art at the tip of your flip flops.
It seems in the blink of an eye, there is a sand bar that formed between Sanibel and Captiva at Blind Pass... and the next moment there are new shells washing on top of it.
Each wave brings a special gift.
With no preconceived expectations, the surprise of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures wash up is the greatest gift of all.
Pam, Deb and Dave were there to see the glorious day over the weekend…
They were happy to see FIGHTING CONSH, KITTENS PAWS, CERITHS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, colorful SCALLOPS, WORM SHELLS, COCKLES and WHELKS.
There’s no better view in the world.
Take a little escape for a moment… Feel the sunshine and imagine your cute toes in flip flops… then click on this next video. Ahhhh. You feel it?
PS- Gulfside City Park has major Beach Bling too!
There’s no doubt. We are moving there this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just can’t take seeing these posts from such a distance!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moving in soon Pam! :-)
Oh wow! How I wish I was there, 60 more days and I will be!! Thanks for the pictures and the soothing sound of your video.
Yesterday and today were great shelling days. Although, today saw a lot of mist at Blind Pass, increasing in thickness towards 11am.
We were at Lighthouse Beach on Sunday and noticed something that was pink, about 1 inch thick and 4 to six inches long and about 3 to 4 inches wide. It appeared to have gelatin consistency. Any idea what they are? Looking forward to shelling with you in March.
Hmmmm- Its probably sea pork- check out my ID page to compare at http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/sea-life-beach-bling-identification/
OMG! OMG! OMG! That’s all that comes into my head!!!!!!! You are so LUCKY you live there, Pam!!
Thanks Pam. You are correct! Sea pork it is.
Beautiful first shot Pam!
another great post I love it and once you get the feel the air in your face, the sand underneath your feet, the excitement of finding any special shell although any shell can be as special as another the fun of just being out there with not a care in the world its just wonderful I luv shelling r.g.stein
I love your videos so very much. I always can close my eyes and be with you.
The sound of the swish brings music to my ear!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Thanks for the video. I needed that.
Beautiful! How awesome to have so much loot washing up. Either your hand is tiny or those Ceriths are huge! Not seen any that big before. Thank you, yet again, for the video and sharing this wondrous island.
Those are actually not ceriths, but augers. Look on Pam’s Seashell Identification page (use the tab at the top of this page to get there.) :)
Pam, are many of those shells Kittens Paws or are they maybe even Lions Paws, as they look bigger than any Kittens Paws I have…?
They are just exceptionally nice kittens paws. :)
May I ask another question?
I know that most people don’t necessarily collect Pen Shells; however, I have one and as long as I have one I may as well try to make it look as good as it can.
I’ve seen pictures of them on the Web all cleaned & shined up and they actually look nice. But I can’t seem to find out how you actually do that. Do you maybe have any tips?
(Here’s an interesting note: My sister & bro-in-law are moving to North Ft. Myers in several months. They’ve been there since Feb. 14th and will be there all this week planning their new home. And it’s killing me that they’re so close to what is going on at Sanibel (shelling-wise) and they’re not there to find shells for “me”! LOL)
I love that you’ve captured the magical tinkling sound that the shells make as they wash up onto the beach! So soothing!
Thank you for sharing the beautiful shells and the little video just made my day!! Thirty seconds of instant relaxation WOW!!!! I’m planning on taking my Mom to Sanibel in early May and I hope to be able to join you on one of your shelling trips!!
Ohhhh it makes me heartsick for the beach to her the sound of the shells in the surf! 5 more weeks….I can survive that long without the beach, right? (NOT) ;) thanks for the wonderful photos and videos!
We finally arrived this afternoon. Our Sunday flight down was delayed 6 hours then finally cancelled due to the bad weather so we packed the car and drove. Not what we planned, but I wasn’t about to miss one more day of Sanibel. :)
I didn’t get to Blind Pass yet but I just came in after walkign the beach at tonight’s low tide. I didn’t see quite the bounty that Pam did, but I did find fighting conchs, apple murex, welks and a sharks eye. Not too bad for shelling with a flashlight in the dark. Oh so happy to be here!!!
Have a great trip Katherine!
Hello Pam! Thank you for bringing the sound of the Sanibel surf to me! I seriously think that you should record a cd of the Surf sounds, the jingle of the shells as they roll in, the birds. No people sounds. I would definitely buy such a product. I’ve tried to find a similar recording for years, but nothing really sounds like Sanibel. A cd of Sanibel surf sounds would probably help me and other insomniacs fall asleep. Please consider! Clare
I was shelling on Sanibel island and found a shell on the Beach at Pointe Santo. The shell had a distinct star that looks like it is stamped into it. Do you have an idea what could have done this? I have taken a picture. Is there a way that I can send it to you?