The first big question we had was what in the world is this? Neither of us have ever seen it before, and we found quite a few of them on the beach. They are jelly-like, obviously eggs of some sort, they sink when put in the water. I pulled out the books and searched, and the internet. Cheri and I thought that they may be Octopus eggs when we first saw them. According to what I could find, they could be that or squid...though the insides of all the pictures I found showed the squid and octopus developed, these weren't yet...any ideas out there? Would love to find out, and I will report back when I do!
The prize find of the day was Cheri found a Maculated Baby's Ear!
...and another Baby's Ear and Button Shell
We then started finding the mini's....
I found this tiny Banded Tulip...
and this little perfect WentletrapCan you believe this is a Lightning Whelk? From this....
I found A Keyhole Limpet...We each found tiny Shark's eyes
Lots of mini's!
We found some other neat stuff as well... This Sea Pork with Spots!
and a Live Bubble Shell...
Cheri had to leave about 8:30, and it was such a beautiful day, I decided to walk back to my car at Gulfside...about 3-1/2 miles! Something I have always wanted to try!
I have a craft project I am going to start working on and need some Coquinas, so I will be collecting all I can find!
I hit the jackpot as far as finding coquinas! There were lots of Coquinas, especially in this one area! Very tedious to pick through them, but so much fun. I also found mini fighting conchs, bubbles, murex...it was definitely mini day!
Most of the take home today were these beautiful Coquinas!
I also found this odd colored Fighting Conch...
He was live, but look at this beautiful Purple lining!! (Don't worry, he went back in the Gulf after his photo op!)
I couldn't resist this Spiny Jewel Box....I did find a cone....a Florida Cone!
I also couldn't resist this Small perfect Pear Whelk...and this guy!!! This is a Reddish Egret and he was in a tidal pool doing his little chicken dance...he was so funny, I could have watched him forever!!!