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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A Mini Trip to the Beach

Monday afternoon we took a mini trip to Honeymoon Island, Yay Spring Break!IMG_1390

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We parked on the South Beach, or what we call “the sandy” beach…

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There were lots of mini shells to be found in the sea weed and tide pools.  Juvenile Fighting Conch, mini Turban, mini cockle, mini venus, mini scallops and mini operculum.  Operculum are the little “trap doors” that protect the animal inside the shell.  These probably came from Turban shells.

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Lots of minis hiding in the surf line…

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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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The windy weather brings out the Sheller!IMG_4749