Shelllady

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time for Some R&R and Beach Therapy

I'm back again, to my favorite place on earth! A lot has happened since my last trip, the best of which is I became a Grammaw....Again! Gideon James was born at 1 minute past midnight on March 26th, and I was there with Mom and Dad to welcome all 9 pounds 4 oz of him! Nothing can compare to the feeling of your baby having a baby! I am truly blessed....with now S-I-X Grandbabies!! <3 <3

We arrived yesterday afternoon, very quickly got settled in and I started making plans to hit the beach! Cheri is still here, so Team Cheri started out just before sunrise this morning....and this is really the first thing I saw!!! A wonderful shell pile....with this beautiful Alphabet Cone right on top!!
It was like saying 'Welcome Home'!! Ok, now what do you do, plop down and start moving shells around, or keep walking??....I chose the latter....and immediately found this nice Olive....
a few more steps....this awesome Kings Crown....
I thought to myself....this is gonna be amazing.....of course, the shelling slowed down a bit....Of course, if you know me, all Shark's eyes come home with me, and I couldn't resist this cockle that looked like a Bittersweet to me....
Cheri, of course, found a Beautiful little Flat Scallop...
and an amazing Wentletrap while scooping some shells in the water! Nice sized one too! Cheri is definitely the Wentletrap Whisperer!
I found another nice Shark's eye, with a 'Paul Newman's eye'....
and a beautiful piece of a Lion's paw....boy would I love to have found the rest of this!

There were shell piles galore....but no, I never did plop down and go through them....always walking.....



We did find a few strange things....like this....a bag of baby carrots? How does that happen?
Or these guys....I think they are Snook....someone had to have put them together like that....right?!
I finally did plop down to do, what we call, "Wentleing"! No, I haven't been doing my squats as I promised myself I would,.... so I plopped down to pick up some Wentletraps and minis....

See them? There's a Baby's ear, Drill, tiny cone in there too!! I have to say, I love the minis! I ended up with quite a few!
...along with some Tiny Wentles!
Stay tuned to our latest adventures....'Team Cheri' is back at it!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Sunday, March 18, 2018

An East Coast Adventure!

Cheri and I met through a facebook page called the Shellinators. It's a group of avid shellers who share their finds, and it has grown very large. Cheri and I are administrators for this group along with 9 others. Most of us 'talk' daily but haven't met in person, we had planned on as many as possible getting together in February, but unfortunately I was unable to make it. I did get to get together with 2 other admins, who hadn't headed home yet, Cindy and Liz.  

According to many posts on the Shellinators, there had been great shelling on the East Coast of Florida, Cindy, Cheri and Liz had been and had a great trip, so Cindy and Cheri decided to take me during the very quick trip that I had in Ft. Myers! 

So off we went, on another adventure! Road Trip!!!  The first thing I noticed, was the color of the water! These pictures don't do it justice, but believe me, it was an awesome tropical turquoise...


It was so different than anything I was used to...there were lots of rocks on the beach, and Coral everywhere! Of course, I came home with a bucket of pieces that I will have to clean up....I just couldn't resist!

There were so many BIG pieces of Large shells....

Like Cindy said, it was like being on another planet!  

Cindy and Cheri immediately went to a large pile of rocks and began looking around each one, almost instantly Cindy came up with this Beauty!!!
Obviously a cone, very similar to an Alphabet Cone but HUGE and much flatter on the top! Such a special find!!!

(I am still in search of an accurate Seashell Identification of many of the shells we found....)

Not long after that she found 2....yes...2...Scotch Bonnets!!


I'd say Cindy absolutely hit the jackpot...already!!!

I found a few Thorny Oysters...but not much else...
So....Cheri began scooping shells out of the surf and dumping them on the beach for us to go through, we found so many amazing things, a lot of which we had not seen before!
She found an awesome Helmet....
and this amazing Murex...and a tiny Nerite (I believe)
and laying right there on the beach, I picked up this Awesome Triton!!!!

Cindy and I plopped down in the sand, and Cheri basically brought us scoops from the surf to go through...how about that for service?!

I found what I believe is a Long spined star shell
 Both Cindy and Cheri picked up these Cowries...
 Cheri found a Cabrit's Murex, we found several of these through the day...they are very rare in Sanibel...
 Cheri also found a small Scotch Bonnet with an amazing tip....
 I believe this is a Beaded Periwinkle and a Flamingo tongue!
 Another Cabrit's for Cheri...
I found several of these Milk Moon Shells...obviously a close cousin to a shark's eye...
Cindy found another, smaller Cone....
I found this tiny little top shell....
Speaking of tiny...Cheri found this tiny Scotch Bonnet...

We also found several Rose Murex....

 Such fun....and so much to see!!! I also have a collection of minis that I am trying to identify, that will have to be another post!

Cheri recognized another couple of Shellinators there and they came up and talked to us, Tatiana and Clint. Clint had been posting some awesome finds on facebook, and found some more today....
 He had found both sides of a Thorny Oyster, a beautiful orange Horse Conch, a Fighting Conch and an Awesome Queen Conch!
 In just a few minutes he also found this awesome Vase Shell....


Tatiana came back and GAVE us some of their special finds....a beautiful Cowrie, a huge golden Cabrit's Murex and a Sundial!! How awesome is that?! Such special finds, and they shared them with us!

We talked with them for a long time, and they shared some amazing stories of their finds, as well as some suggestions of places for us to go....these are some awesome Shellinators! So glad to meet them both, and we hope our paths will cross again one day!

I so enjoyed this trip, and getting to know Cindy....this is a trip that we plan on doing again one day...Cindy will be heading home, but we have a plan to do this again!

Cheri, Cheri (me) & Cindy
Stay tuned....

::Shelllady Hugs::