Times (and beaches), they are a changin’….

It really was refreshing to get back to Blind Pass this weekend after a few weeks of being away. Although when we arrived, things didn’t look as they normally would, and both the Queen and I were open-mouthed as we took a look at how much Blind Pass had drastically changed in the last month.

To bring a little perspective to what I mean, check out this photo that we took from October:


…and here is one we took yesterday:


Where’d the water go, and why is there so much beach?


See the sea weed/wrack line right there in the middle? Yeah, that’s where the shoreline started two months ago!


…and that is the edge of the jetty rocks on the Captiva side of Blind Pass. What a transformation in just two months!

After getting over the shock of change, it was business as usual – time to search for shells. There was quite an array of shells gathered along the shoreline as far as the eye could see. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see any really spectacular keepers. The shore was lined with piles upon piles of Scallops, Cockles, Jingles, Kitten’s Paws, Carditas, Venus Clams and Calico Clams. The Queen went on her search for minis in the various shell piles and I made my way up the shore line North to see what I could find.


You can see in the above picture just how long and wide the shell pile was….and it stretched a LONG way.

I brought the wet suit just in case I was feeling adventurous, but after checking the clarity of the water, I didn’t think I’d be able to snorkel. The water was somewhat clear, but not clear enough to be able to really see what I would be looking for. And the water was plain ol’ cold. 67 degrees. Now that is some cold water!

As I made my way up shore, I was able to score a couple of  Flat Scallops:

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The Queen found quite a few Bittersweet Clams (which are some of her favorites):


and like I mentioned before, quite a few brightly colored Scallops.


We also picked up a few Painted Egg Cockles, Rough Scallops, Spotted Slipper shells and a nice Florida Cone. All in all, it was a great day at the beach with the weather hovering around 79 and a nice breeze. A great way to finish the weekend and get back to shelling. I’m looking forward doing some winter shelling, as we locals know that’s the best time of the season to find some great keepers!


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