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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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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