Fist full of dollars. Sand dollars, that is

I found a fist full of dollars at Gulfside City Park Beach this weekend. SAND DOLLARS, that is.

sanddollar covered in sand

The evening low tide revealed live and dead SAND DOLLARS (CLICK HERE to see the difference between live and dead SAND DOLLARS)… but the coolest thing was to see all of the other living creatures we don’t get to see often. Look at this awesome live SHARKS EYE. Cool!

Live sharks eye mollusk in sand

This is a live pear whelk…

live pear whelk on sanibel beach

You wanna guess what live MOLLUSK this next photo is? It came out of a hole in the sand then made a trail along the sand bar. It’s long and white.

live baby ear mollusk trail on beach

Here’s another photo… I’ll let you think about it then I’ll tell you at the end of this post.

baby ear mollusk trail Sinum perspectivum

Look at this beautiful flowering purple SEA ANEMONE. Gorgeous!

sanibel purple sea anemone flower

Since we had two nice low tides each day this weekend (one at sunrise and one at sunset), I even got out to Lighthouse Beach at sunrise (I know, that’s unlike me! haha) to see thousands of live FIGHTING CONCHS invading the beach.

fighting conch shells invade the sanibel beach

Most were alive but there were a few empties scattered on the beach…

sanibel sunrise with shells

It’s always overwhelming to see so many…

thousands of shells at low tide on sanibel

Among the live creatures, there were a few empty gifts from the sea as well. Gorgeous BANDED TULIP.

banded tulip in the sand

Awesome orange CHESTNUT TURBAN…

orange chestnut turban shell on sanibel beach

And lots of other empty gems I found half buried in the sand to reveal their gorgeous selves.

Oh and the live MOLLUSK pictured above with the trail? It’s a BABYS EAR! Cool, huh? To see more LIVE BABYS EARS… CLICK HERE

flip flop beach finds on sanibel island florida

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