Deep Dish Jelly Fish

Walked the beach first thing in the morning, the park opens at 8 am, and found some nice shells and good conversation.  I like to start my beach hellos with “Did you find anything good today?”  You can tell a sheller by the stooped walk and the immediate bag rustling after you ask that question.  Lately it has been, “Nothing very good, the shells are pretty beat up.”  I also like to ask, “Where are you from?”  This time I got Chicago, so we bonded over Pequod’s, Lou Malnati’s, hot dogs and beef sandwiches.  Then talked switched from Deep dish pizza to the HUGE washed up Jellyfish dotting the beach.  Red Tide?  We wondered if it was back, but it doesn’t seem to be.  The ladies remembered coming to the beach in years past, finding Olive shells the size of their hands.  The good old days.  There is nothing like a friendly conversation in the warm morning sun on the beach.

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Coquina Beach

Shells from Coquina Beach on Longboat Key February.23.2014.  We took a long drive to Longboat key for a tiny Wentletrap.  What I love about Longboat key are the darker shells than on Honeymoon.  Little black scallops and beautiful colored coquinas.  I found lots of minis and even a purple sea whip.  But the best is the smallest, a tiny Wentletrap (the bottom of the second picture.)  Great day for tiny shells! 

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