The Queen and I decided to visit Pine Cove Beach which is right here:
Since Daylight Savings Time has sucked the light out of our evenings after work, we figured we’d try to stay close for the next few weeks and visit some of the other beaches on Sanibel. We’re suckers for Blind Pass and that will always be our favorite spot, but other beaches need the King’s and Queen’s attention.
So I grabbed the trusty ol rake and hit the crisp, chilly water (but only up to my ankles, since the water was ICY). I thought about putting on the wet suit, but it would have taken me 20 minutes to squeeze the thing on and like I said, daylight is precious right now. No time to waste. So ankle deep it is.
Not much in the way of big shells at the spot we picked, so we decided to make it a search for minis.
..and that’s when we started finding the Tellins and Coquinas.
So I know you’re asking, “Pssst. Hey…Shell King. What’s the difference between a Tellin and a Coquina?”
I’m glad you asked, fine reader. I’m not “tellin”. Just kidding.
Not much actually. They’re both from the same family of shells. Tellins just happen to be a little more curved around the edge, where a Coquina is more straight and flat. Tellins can also grow much larger than a Coquina, sometimes several inches larger. Coquinas tend to be a bit more colorful as well. If you happen to find them closed, check to make sure they’re fully closed. If they are, there’s a little guy in them. We’ve found that out the hard way several times before.
So, can you spot the Tellins from the Coquinas? Or all they all Coquinas? Hmmm, are they all Tellins?
No green flash tonight, but the Queen wanted to stay and see, just in case Will Turner showed up.
See you at the beach!