Picture Perfect

 

It was a picture perfect day at Honeymoon Island today.  The water is very warm and clear right now.

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 Before going swimming we stopped for a moment at the Oasis or “Rocky Beach” and found a treasure.  A dry Purple Sea Urchin!  The picture doesn’t do the coloring justice.  So beautiful!

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Do you have any Low Tide?

  On Saturday we drove out to Honeymoon Island to catch the sunset.  As we drove out along the causeway we could tell that it was a very low tide, when we got to the beach we were amazed at how low it really was.  We parked at the North end of the Main Beach, which we knew had a sand bar.  Everyone I talked to on the beach said it was the lowest they had ever seen.  It turned out to be a Negative Low Tide and it  uncovered lots of creatures, most of which I had never seen live before.  Usually the whole area pictured it covered in water…

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 There were Sea Cucumbers and Sea Urchins…

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Live Juvenile Fighting Conchs and Olives trying to bury themselves.  I have never seen live Olives, they were everywhere

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 Here is a group of Olives having a nice dinner at the Sand Bar, looks like a shrimp cocktail!

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Honeymoon Bounty

It’s getting busy at Honeymoon Island!  Lots of Northern license plates.  By the time I left at noon there was a lot of traffic heading towards the beach.  Today I got out around 10 am and headed right for the Oasis parking on the north end of the island.  We had some rainy and windy weather on St. Patrick’s so hopefully it churned up some great treasures!

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There were huge shell piles all the way down the beach!  The shelling is amazing right now.  If you like Turbans, it is Turban heaven!

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Lots of live shells on the beach, this fighting conch was snuggled in.  I put him back in the water after I took a picture of his beautiful coloring.

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These are my picks of the day!  Juvenile Fighting Conchs, Olives, Sunray Venus!  My treasures were a Shark’sEye, an Alphabet Cone, a Pear Whelk, a Lightning Whelk and a King’s Crown!  My first King’s Crown.  After I wash and oil the shells I’ll post close ups!!

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