Reclaiming the Beach

 

It rained in the morning, so I decided to take the boys out to the beach after it cleared.  It was a beautiful 75 degrees for a short time on it’s way to scorching 90 degrees.  We haven’t been to Honeymoon that much lately, because of the humidity and, of course, the situation with the sand fleas.  Beach wary.  But it was breezy and sunny, record scratch, under construction!  The Southern part of the Oasis Parking Area is currently fenced off for a large beach project.  The boys LOVED seeing the equipment and huge boulders being lifted around.  So I did some digging online and found that they started some beach improvements, which will continue until this time next year.  They are building 3 giant “T-Groins,” which is a T shaped rock wall.  This will help keep the sand on the beach from washing away.  They will also be filling the beach in with 149,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from Hurricane Pass.  I am excited to see the changes in the beach, it always seems different every time we go!

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We found a few good shells! Olives, Juvenile Fighting Conchs, Augers, Arks, Cantharus, my first Sharp Ribbed Drill and a gorgeous Paul Newman’s Sharks Eye.  I was excited to find that Shark’s Eye because I just read on I Love Shelling about one Pam had found.  They call them that because they have a true blue center!

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Monday, Monday

I can’t complain because I was headed to the beach on a Monday morning.  The beach parking lot is starting to be busier on weekday mornings.  The water was aquamarine and we saw a pod of dolphins off shore.  It was a beautiful sight!

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 Here are the shells after I cleaned them. Scallops in beautiful colors, Juvenile Fighting Conch, Auger, Olive, Shark’s Eye, Apple Murex and Smack in the middle, a new shell, a Ladder Horn Shell.

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Two Beaches, One Day

This post is a little late, after my Birthday and Mother’s Day this past week, the time got away from me.  So weekend before last we visited 2 beaches in 1 day.  We started out the morning at our regular beach on Honeymoon Island.  It was low tide and the waves were pretty calm.  We headed to the Oasis beach, which had a few sheller’s on it before us.

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My son was shelling along side of me and filled up his net with all kinds of shells, broken included.  Here are the ones I found, all cleaned up. Scallops, Olives, Sunray Venus (still intact), Turbans, Shark’s Eyes, Auger, Jingle, tons of Juvenile Fighting Conchs and check out the middle!

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 A Tiny topsail Shell and 2 Banded Tulips!  One has some damage from being liquefied by a sponge at some point but the other is amazing!

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My husband found the multi-colored shell on the right, which i think is a Tinted Cantharus.  It almost has a blue tint to it.
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After Honeymoon Island we got lunch and headed out to Long Boat Key to Coquina Beach.  It’s about an hour drive from Honeymoon Island, but well worth it.  Right off the bat I found a bleached out Juvenile Horse Conch in the parking lot, it had rained a lot the days before and must have uncovered it.  We hardly recognized the place where we usually go because they had rehabbed/widened the beach.  The walk was much farther and the shells less plentiful.  At least that is what I thought until my son started digging down under that new sand, shells started pouring out!  I found Augers, Scallops and Jingles!  A huge Olive rolled up to my foot in the surf.
And I found a new shell, a little Calico Clam.  It was a good day!

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Sheller’s Gold

I struck GOLD, I tell Ya.  Wednesday morning I parked at the North Beach at Honeymoon Island, ready to shell!  The waves were kicking up some treasures!  There were piles of beach debris, which contain great little pockets of shells.

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But today I didn’t even need to search that hard because shells were rolling in all around.  Things got especially good when I parked at the Oasis and began to search the rocky shoreline.  A near perfect Alaphabet Cone laying, waiting to be discovered, this part of the beach must not have been shelled yet!!  I went on to find a bleached almost whole Tulip, Apple Murex’s, Lightning Whelk, Shark’s Eye, a whole Cyclinella clam, Fighting Conch everywhere, Juvenile Fighting Conchs, Augers and Turbans galore.

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But then I stopped…All morning I had been seeing parts of Tulips everywhere, broken, but beautiful.  Was this a sign to keep searching?  Woo-hoo!  There she was laying in a pile of minis (and a partial fish head), my perfect True Tulip!  She is very small and delicate but the most gorgeous shade or coral!  Today I struck gold my friends…

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Tree Fort-Shelling Style

 Today we went out to the North Oasis beach at Honeymoon Island, we were about an hour and a half until low tide.  I found great things washed up around the trees, so I climbed in.  I shell pile is so deep that I found a lot of shells buried under rocks and in between the roots.  A tree line so close to the water is a great place to look.  IMG_5046

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 I found some great stuff and displayed it on a “concrete” rock.  All colors of Olives, Augers and Juvenile Fighting Conchs, a Leopard Crab shell and Lightning Whelks.  I even found a fossilized shell, it looks like a very, very old Florida cone.  There were plenty on Fighting Conch shells, but most of them had tenants so I put them back out.  All in all is was a great day rummaging amongst the waves.

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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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Honeymoon Beach

And that brings us up to today on the beach.  Today I found 4 new shells for my list: Ribbed Cantharus, Florida Cone, Apple Murex and Banded Tulip.  They are all small and I will take ’em!  Banded Tulip, pretty close to perfect!

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