Friday, March 24, 2017

Eureka...a Cone...or should I say Cones?!

There has been very little wind here lately, and no storms and the mini supply was growing scarce yesterday so we decided to try another beach for something different.  I think it was a good plan! This was the very first shell I found this morning!  A Beautiful bright orange Florida Cone!
Just a few more steps and I found these guys...
You know me, I can't pass up a Shark's eye!! and the Chestnut Turban's colors were gorgeous! I found a double Kitten's paw too!

Don't you just love the color of this Horse Conch? He was empty, so into my bag he went!! 
There were some strange things out there this Fish Spinal column, I assume from a fish, because it looks a little like a Crucifix shell...but this was very large and thick!
 I found another section of it just a little bit further down the beach...
I found this unusual was a deep purple and very flat...
and the inside was iridescent, Another one for the books! ...I think I found it and it's called a Flat Tree Oyster! 

Cheri is really good at finding these beautiful Hermit Crabs, this one had made a home in a Pear Whelk..we loved his striped antenna!!
She also found this!! A Sliver of a Junonia!! How does this happen? It has such vivid colors too!! It just helps us search a little harder and more thoroughly!
 I found this BEAUTIFUL Nutmeg, and it was empty!! I have never found an empty one with such Vivid Colors!
...and then this happened!!
Cheri actually saw it first, but let me be the one to claim it off of the beach!! and I took it!! ;)  It has been so long since I have found a nice one!! It was in perfect shape too! Thank you Cheri!!
Then I found this beauty, a small Jasper's Cone (I believe) but I have never found one this color! I was in Cone heaven!! ;)
...and how about this one?! Not perfect, but I kept it anyway!!! Another pretty good sized Alphabet!
Another Horse Conch!  It looks like this was to be a day about Cones of all sorts...
And Horse Conchs of all sizes!
I'd say that was a pretty good day! We got to enjoy some wildlife while we were out there also, This is a Royal Tern....I think it's the first one I have seen up close! Isn't he handsome?! We saw several of these guys, Pelicans, Snowy Egret
and a Dolphin....

He was so active, it was very difficult to get video of him, but here is a little bit...
The unusual part to me was that there was a woman and a little girl just ahead of us on the beach, they turned around and were looking down, as they passed us they seemed surprised that we were taking pictures of something....this had gone on for several minutes. We told her it was a dolphin, and they were just fascinated! They had just looked down at the beach, and would have missed something they won't soon forget, a dolphin feeding...  

I just want to remind y'all to make sure you take your time and be sure to look in all directions when you are shelling, I remind myself of this often....there is beauty all around you on and off this island and you might miss something!! 

Stay tuned for our next adventure!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Live Adventure and Mini day!

Team Cheri headed back out this morning on another adventure with hopes of finding some more minis. Of course we can't resist the live stuff while we are searching. We ran across this Spider Crab that decided to try being a blonde...
Cheri found this awesome Live Brittle Star..
And this small Two spine Sea Star...isn't he beautiful?
I did find an Alphabet Cone this time.....if only the skeleton! 

I thought this was neat because you can see the different layers of the cone.

After the tide started rolling in, so did the minis. A beautiful little Shark's eye, an Auger, a Tinted Cantharus and a Ribbed Cantharus and of course a Coquina pair.  There were not nearly as many Coquina or minis out there today...
I found this freak Button shell, of course I couldn't resist taking it with me!

I also found a LIVE Wentletrap, it's hard to see in the picture, but he is a chocolate brown and it shows through the spirals...very pretty!

He's happily swimming around in the Gulf now...
 The sunrise was beautiful as usual this morning, though we didn't see the sun until it was higher this morning because of a cloud bank...

A peek into the pill bottle shows that I found a few more Wentletraps today to add to my jar at this rate I might just fill it up one of these days.
I found a few more minis also... The one at the bottom, I thought was a micro mini Sundial, which is rare in this area, Cheri suggested it might be a button, and based on the markings, I think she is right! So tiny...this is the top...
 Here is the bottom....

Here are the additional minis I came home with today....these are the Bigger ones! :)  I hit the jackpot with Shark's eyes of all different sizes...
So Stay Tuned, Another Adventure tomorrow!!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Multitude of Minis and an Update!

First let me post an update to yesterday's post, remember the "egg casings" from yesterday's post? Someone had the information we needed and posted it for us yesterday:

 "thats a Squid egg mass.....Octopus attach each egg separately to a rock or the inside of a shell or to a hard surface and they can't stand as a mass as a result.....since these are all one mass connected at the time they were laid that makes them Squid...Squid anchor their egg masses on rocks or man made objects like crab pot and mooring lines or even in the sand....when they dislodge the white mass, or just a part of it, can strand....

Imagine if you will a mass of these eggs 15 feet across....that would be the size of a Squid egg case found in this one was just a baby....

Neat find....."  

I love my very helpful friends and fellow Shellinators! Another learning adventure!

Today Cheri and I decided we wanted to get some minis and I still need coquinas . As you know, you can't just walk along the beach and have to squat or do the Sanibel Stoop, because some minis can't be seen from 'way up there' standing up! We did find the minis....

 We found mini everything! This is a Sand Dollar on a dime (for size comparison)

A Shark's eye, 2 Sparse Dove Snail, and a tiny Wentletrap are resting on this quarter!!
Left to Right, is a tiny Oyster Drill, and Auger and a Top Shell, with a tiny cone...
A Marginella, a Lightning Whelk and a tiny King's Crown.
 Do you know what this is? It's a mini Gaudy Nautica! Cheri gave me a lot of the minis she found for my craft project, so these are both of our finds...Except for the Wentletraps! They are especially special to us both!
And this is the smallest Wentletrap I have ever seen! ....I lost it twice but finally got it in with the rest.... It was so small I couldn't get a picture of it in focus!
Here is a picture inside my little bottle with some of the Micro Minis...too small to stay in the net!
I ended up with 20 Wentletraps! That is certainly a record for me! Cheri got at least that many!
It has taken me a long time to get this many into this bottle, 20 will help fill it up!! You have to take the time and effort to find these little guys!!
Micro-minis in their bleach bath...notice there are even some tiny Tusk shells near the center.
A Multitude of Minis!

We got a few more Coquinas also!

 Someone asked us what we were looking for, Cheri's response was "She is collecting small shells for a craft project, I'm doing it for Therapy!" 

So is great Therapy...and it's just a bonus that we are looking at this beautiful scenery!

There's nothing better!!

Stay Tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::