Thursday, February 23, 2017

Night Time Low Tides

There will only be one more shelling adventure before I have to say goodbye to my Ft. Myers home and beautiful Sanibel Island. We will be back pretty soon, but I miss it already! Cheri and I headed out this morning early and the shelling was pretty slow at first...we finally started seeing some life out there in the dark...
How about this pose? A huge Live Florida Horse Conch...
 ...and his little brother....
Lots of live Fighting Conchs, Banded Tulips...
 Lighting Whelks...
 And these HUGE BEAUTIFUL True Tulips...Look at the beautiful colors!

We even found a live Paper Fig...
 This is a live Thorny Starfish... (I had to hit the books again!)
We then started picking up little treasures that weren't live, Cheri found this Atlantic Pearl Oyster...first one I have seen!
I started finding the Shark's Eyes...
I found this nice Pear Whelk,
And so many Live Cockles!
Cheri found a BEAUTIFUL Pear Whelk also!
There were SO MANY nice Lightning Whelks, and Fighting Conchs of all sizes and colors! So many in fact, we just had to quit picking them up!!
 I found this nice perfect small Angel Wing,
Cheri found one two...look how big this one is!!
Then we started finding the small shells, like this beautiful tiny Lace Murex,
A tiny Horse Conch with a tiny hermit crab!
These small True glad to see these, we haven't found many True Tulips this trip!

Cheri found this tiny Winged Oyster....
On this AMAZING Sea Whip...
There were crabs of all types and sizes also... I had to hit the books again for this tiny little guy, I think he is called a Rock Mithrax, don't quote me on this one, but I think that's right!
 This Stone Crab was ready for battle.... (see video below)
I spotted a little Pygmy Octopus, do you see him hidden among those shells?
Cheri found this Massive Saw tooth Pen Shell...have never seen one that big!
One of my favorite shells of the day was this awesome Horse Conch Cheri found, and gave to me!!! Perfect size and color!
We had such a beautiful day...

I'd say it was a pretty bountiful day, wouldn't you?!!

One more adventure, Stay tuned! 

::Shelllady Hugs::

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Long Morning Walk in Paradise

I headed out this morning a little before sunrise to take a long walk along the Gulf to see what I would usual I wasn't disappointed. Although I still haven't found that perfect Alphabet Cone, I know it's out there somewhere and I intend on keeping up the search! :)

There were some pretty good shell piles along the beach, a lot of what I call 'ordinary shells' but I did manage to snag a few little goodies! Like one of my favorites, a couple of small Horse Conch...

 ...this neon orange Scallop
 ...and this beautiful orange and white can't have too many scallops!
This nice sized Top Shell...
I think this Gaudy Nautica will clean-up nicely
Check out the beautiful pink inside of this Calico Scallop!
 Another Horse Conch and Shark's eye
 Who doesn't love the minis? I need to stock up for more crafting! This was a tiny little Calico Scallop...
I found lots of minis: Coquinas, Bubbles, Jewel boxes, a Keyhole Limpet, another Horse conch, Apple Murex, Sharp ribbed drill and a tiny Lightning Whelk!
I love these mini bright orang Rough Scallops!!
 How about this bright orange Ribbed Cantharus and Jingle?! I should do well at replenishing my Mini supply!
I believe this is another Lady-in-Waiting Venus clam, but it has a dark gray green color on it...
The inside has the purple gloss like the one I found last week.
 I had to hit the books again on these shells, I think this is a White Atlantic Semele, it is hard to tell but it has a light gold and pink tip and inside...

I found these two Lace Murex side by side in a shell pile with 2 other very large ones that were pretty beaten up....obviously a hot spot for them today!
They cleaned up very nicely!
I found this very cool Brittle Star...
 I couldn't decide if he was alive or not so I carefully put him in the Gulf...

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning...

I think I came home with plenty of treasures!!

Time is growing short for this trip, but there still time for a few more adventures, Stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::