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Thursday, August 3, 2017

One for The Books

We are back in Virginia now, but I decided to do a post on the last few days shelling before we left Ft. Myers.  The shelling wasn't great, but there is always the minis! I did find a few keepers....

You know me, I'll always keep the Shark's eyes! ;)
a nice little Gaudy Nautica
 This pretty scallop should clean up nicely....
 This Lace Murex was beautiful, and so 'Lacy'...

Check out the size of this Wentletrap...I believe it's the biggest I have found yet!

I found several that I had to hit the books for, I like that, that means it is something different!... The shell on the left is a tiny Apple Murex, I think the one on the right is called a Pitted Murex, they are very similar, but they are different enough, I had to look it up....

I saw many of these this trip, I don't know that I have ever seen them before so I had to look them up....it's called a White Crested Tellin...

I first thought I had two tiny Lightning Whelks here, but if you notice their openings are on opposite sides, the tops are very different also, I finally decided that the one on the left is a tiny Pear Whelk....I think?!

I believe this guy is a Ladder Horn shell....
The top left are Bubble shells, the 'twins' I believe are...a type of Dove shell, a tusk and then a tiny Marginella, Augers, Rice Olives and on the bottom left are more Wentletraps
Another trip I found Tiny Olives, a Keyhole limpet, juvenile Fighting conch and Apple Murex, more Tusks, I think is a tiny Duck Clam, an Oyster drill, Bubble and Banded tulip...and a sharks eye, more augers, another tiny Dove shell, and Rice Olive. Just above the dime are a pair of Sharp-rib Drills and 2 tiny Lightning Whelks.
Here is the large Wentletrap I posted earlier, with the others I found that day... from one extreme to the other! How fun is that?

My favorite part of shelling is all of the life I get to see!
Like this Spiny Sea Star...
And this awesome Calico Crab....
This tiny Crab thought he was hidden under a pen shell in a tidal pool....
see him?

These Plovers decided it was bath time in that tidal pool! I love these guys....
This lady was digging and digging at the Lighthouse one evening, 

I thought carefully about how to handle this, as I mentioned before, digging the beaches is becoming a problem on Sanibel....I decided to just go up and talk with her....I wanted to make sure she knew that it was turtle season and that she absolutely needed to fill up the hole when she was done. She was very friendly, from Kentucky and had never been to the beach.  She had no idea of the concerns, and seemed very appreciative of me letting her know, she did fill in the hole.  I believe that many folks just don't know how important it is for the safety of wildlife and people to fill in the holes! I'll check this one off as successful!

As I have said before, I can't resist the sunset....this was my last one for the trip, but I'll be back.....



::Shelllady Hugs::



Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Eyes Have it!

As usual, time has flown by and Jess and Joseph have gone home, leaving an empty spot here. We had a great time and Joseph loved the beach, pool, sand and wildlife....he got to see so many things!

A Brittle Sea Star....


An Alligator!
And he loved playing in the sand!
So I was solo on my beach walk last night, Beach Therapy, the best medicine....

My first find was in a tidal pool, a small Lace Murex with a pink tip caught my eye....
I noticed the Sand Dollars were all over the beach, just barely covered by the sand....
Unfortunately I saw many families on this busy Saturday picking these guys up and throwing them like frisbees into the Gulf! These are live creatures and should be handled carefully, if at all! Please folks spread the word to protect the life on the beaches so it will be here for a long time to come! (OK, off my soap box now!)

This guy was a hoot! He was running all around the tidal pool!

He was bright red and took up residency in a Lightning Whelk....and was fast as Lightning!! ;)
The highlight of tonight's therapy were the live Shark's eyes! I have seen very few of these guys live, but tonight there were many of them, of all sizes!



<<Back on my Soap Box!! >> I had to make some folks aware on my walk last night that the taking of live shells on Sanibel is illegal and that it can be a $500 fine, for taking live shells.....If people won't think about the conservation of wildlife, they will think about their wallets!! Sometimes they just aren't informed of the rules, so we need to find a way to get the word out!! <<2nd rant over>>

*The only reason I picked this big guy up was because he got washed ashore by a wave so I took him out, dug a hole for him to go into, and set him in it, he immediately latched on to the sand.

I found a few dead Sand dollars to take home, they are so fragile at this stage, I only ended up with one by the time I got home, the other 2 broke into bits!

I found a Tellin also, for some reason I really like these and have found very few...
 There were a few of these Jellyfish out there tonight too, in the past, I have only seen these guys after a storm...This guy is a little larger than a dinner plate...

Then I found a few minis, I love these and need to build up my supply in preparation for making my Sailors Valentine!
From left: Wentletrap, Tusk Shells, tiny Shark's eye, I believe the shell just above is a type of Dove shell, and below is a Mitre, another Wentletrap, tusks, and a Rice Olive
These guys are so small! If you notice in the pic below, they all look like Tusk Shells but the one at the top center is some sort of an Auger....could not find an exact match in my book, but it is similar to the shape of a Turret shell....any ideas?
Tiny Oyster Drill, Juvenile Fighting Conch and Tusk shell...
It was a beautiful evening for a walk, only a few days until we head back to real life, stay tuned!!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Making a Post During Nap Time!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while...I haven't done much serious shelling in a few days....the tides aren't great right now....and we have family here for a few days! Our youngest daughter Jess and her son Joseph are here! Joseph is 2 and has never been to the beach. They live in the mountains of Virginia!
He seems to be enjoying himself very much! Running on the sandbars....
 Building Sandcastles....
 Playing in the sand....

Playing in the water with his Mommy....


Exploring sea life...
A tiny Horseshoe crab Molt..
King's Crown egg casing....
He even showed my Friend Cheri this tiny hermit crab!

...and held a tiny live SeaStar...

We visited the Library on Sanibel where he got to see the Biggest Elmo ever....
Played tag with his Mommy...
Played at the beach with Gammaw....C-H-E-E-S-E!
We even took some time and had a little picnic and just chilled out...

We did find a few shells at the beach though!

a few Mini shells, a tiny Button, Wentletrap, mini Horse Conch and Arrow Triton (I think)

Sunray Venus pair
Nice King's Crown
A Bubble and a nice Nutmeg....
Stay tuned....We are so Busy having a lot of fun!!

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