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.

IMG_5305

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!

IMG_5401

 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!

IMG_5407

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.
IMG_5408

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!

IMG_5409

IMG_5410

IMG_5411

On the Calm Front

Good Morning from calm and beautiful Honeymoon Island.  When I arrived at the North Parking lot the wind was barely blowing which seems to be a rarity on the island.  The waves were not so fierce today.  The Seagulls were chilling out and the seashells were rolling in.

image

 Lots of Fighting Conchs, Olives and Lighting Whelks.  I even found a Banded Tulip, from this angle it looks perfect & pink but unfortunately it was destroyed on the other side.  If you can see that little orange blob, it is an orange Jingle.  First one!  As soon as I took this picture the wind started up again and things got a little smelly by the beach.  Decaying beach matter, oh and that GIGANTIC decapitated fish head that scared the be-jesus out of me,

can be pretty stinky.

IMG_5158

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! 

IMG_4665 IMG_4668