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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Final Night Shelling Ends with Roses

I'm back home in VA now, missing Sanibel already. I wanted to post Team Cheri's last shelling trip. We shelled multiple beaches starting at sunset until....can you believe it, 2:00 in the morning! No I'm not obsessed much, so glad that Cheri is as obsessed and we can share these adventures. 
One thing is for sure, the Sunrises and Sunsets do not disappoint on Sanibel...this one was so beautiful...

This trip had lots of life....I enjoy seeing what is moving around out there after dark almost as much as I enjoy finding non-live shells to take home.... This Live Sand dollar had his little hairs sticking out in a tiny tidal pool, (click the pic to enlarge) I just love to watch these guys move around....
I never see too many of these beautiful Live Lightning Whelks


 Look at the beautiful color of this Live True Tulip...This is one of Cheri's favorites...
Haven't seen very many of these Huge Live Horse Conchs, this guy was particularly gnarly, all covered in barnacles!
 A beautiful Sea Anemone, flowing in the water...
 Another Live Lightning Whelk out for a Stroll in a tidal pool....
You have to look closely to see this Millipede Sea Star burying himself in the sand...
This Live True Tulip was doing headstands!...
..While this Live Banded Tulip was doing donuts....
 ...and this live Pear Whelk was just laying around all exposed!
 Look at the BEAUTIFUL Yellow on this Pear Whelk....
 One of my favorites, a live Medium-sized Horse Conch...
 and This live Calico Crab was looking a little bit crabby!
Cheri did find a BEAUTIFUL True Tulip that wasn't live...have you ever seen such a beauty?

 I, of course, couldn't resist this Lightning Whelk...
and Cheri found this NICE medium-sized Angel Wing, unfortunately he didn't make it home in one piece. :(
 I found another nice Lightning Whelk that wasn't live...
 and this Apple Murex that was Purple inside!!!
 Cheri picked up this beautimus Pear Whelk...
...and another small True Tulip
 This was definitely the night for Pear Whelks of all sizes! Here are 2 more with a worn Florida Cone and Shark's eye or Moon Snail...
 I found another Alphabet Cone, far from perfect, but HUGE and he went home with me anyway!
 I cannot pass up a Horse Conch of any size, especially with such beautiful color...
 This is a Shark's eye (or Moon Snail) collar, it lays it's eggs under this and it surrounds the shell, there were a lot of these out there. Picture the two edges on the right connected, this forms a hole in the center where the shark's eye rests.
 This is a Shark's eye Operculum, a first for me, and Cheri found 2 and gave me one!
For me though, the highlight of the night was this guy! Do you know what it is? It's a Rose Murex! Fairly rare, though several have been reported to be found recently....
Cheri found one at the same time, while looking for Wentletraps! Her Rose Murex is on the bottom right, along with several Wentletraps and Sharp edge drills and a tiny True Tulip!
My Rose Murex cleaned up very nicely...

Isn't it beautiful?  

This will be the last shelling post for a little while, but I do have some Shell Crafting posts to share in a few days! Thanks so much for coming along with Cheri and I on our Journey! She is a snowbird, so will be heading back North in the next couple of weeks, so I may be solo on the next trip...

::Shelllady Hugs::

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tellin about Sanibel

Today was a lot different, it was overcast and it sprinkled on us a couple of times, but to me it's still beautiful, and they really need some rain here! As soon as I walked out on the beach I found this False Angel Wing!! A rare find for me on Sanibel Beaches!
Then I began to find Tellins! I really like these, and very seldom find them. Today was a little different, I'm tellin you! ;)
These were found by both Cheri and I...
I also ran across some HUGE jingles...have you ever seen them so big?
The Gulf was pretty rough today, Cheri said there was even a riptide warning out, there was a lot of seafoam too...

I hoping it's going to 'stir thing up' out in the Gulf and bring in some shells...I only have one or two more shelling trips to go! 

I didn't go yesterday, but did join some of my Shellcrafter ladies sorting shells....as long as shells are involved I'm happy! Have you ever seen such amazing smiles? So fun!

The shelling has not been very good, and I try to leave no <shell> unturned! I found some buried in the sand, and it was worth a look between waves...

I found a couple of Banded tulips and a Keyhole Limpet,
 there were a few other bits and pieces...

Nothing super special, but I did keep this pretty colored Fighting Conch with a sharp point and another Apple Murex....I've got to find a craft project that uses the murex! I have way too many! ;) Once again, I can't just leave them...though I am getting better about it!!
Several times this morning I saw huge Squadron's of these pelicans, I love to see them flying together, sorry for the out of focus pic, but it's hard to catch them overhead!!

It looked like I was about to really get wet, so I headed back in, 
and ran across this Alphabet cone!  .....  
                                     
 ...or NOT!!
I couldn't resist this colorful, tiny, spiny Jewel box just before I headed in...
and surprisingly the only live thing I saw today was this tiny little guy, a baby apple murex..who was way up on the beach attached to this white ark shell, so I put the whole thing back into the Gulf...
I stopped and pick up a couple of bags of white arks and venus shells for a craft project and saw this guy in the pile....for just a second, I thought it was a small Lion's paw! Alas, it is not, just a beautifully colored Kittens paw.
Although it was cloudy, the water was still a Beautiful Turquoise when I went back over the causeway...!

Stay tuned, hopefully tomorrow's trip will have some special treasures...tides aren't great in the mornings now, but we always manage to have fun anyway.

::Shelllady Hugs::