It’s been a while since I had the time to just sit down and blog about shelling. Now’s a good a time as any.
Since we came back home from the Blueberry Festival, we’ve had a chance to do some serious shelling and sun tanning.
We met up with the Shellinator and his girl Val the week before last and had a grand ol’ time diving on Sanibel.
Filled up the shell bucket with some fantastic keepers. The Queen fell in love with the Shellinator’s little ones, who were doing their own shellinating and teaching the Queen how to find Wentletraps. Look out, Sanibel Island. Once these two are old enough to know better, the island will be shelled out!
So I decided to go out the following day with my brother and his wife, who came to town for a week looking for a little R&R. I think they found it. Both were celebrating birthdays this past week. What a great gift to give each other – a trip down South to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
My bro was a little reluctant to get out into the deeper water with me. It didn’t help that I was razzing him (you know, like brothers do) about looking over his shoulder for giant sharks. Once you get somebody riled up, the only thing to do is pile it on…which I did. I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not. 😉
Once we got into the water though, I let him off the hook and we shelled for a good hour and a half, pulling up some real keepers. For someone who had never dove for shells before, he did a great job, pulling in his share of Alphies, Sharks Eyes, Lace Murexes and Lightning Whelks. He was having a ball, saying things like, “This is awesome! I could see myself doing this all the time.”
I didn’t do too bad either, finding this beast of an Alphabet Cone.
Holy smokes! I know it’s not in pristine condition, but it’s the biggest one I’ve ever found.
Cleaned up real nice too.
The one on the right is just a normal sized Alphie. You can see that the one on the left is an absolute monster!
No, I didn’t find another J. That’s one from the collection. I just put them side by side so you can see just how large that monster Alphie is. He measured right at 3.5 inches.
We took them out for a little Thursday Thunder, which was a lot of fun. It was good to catch up with him and his wife. Seeing them happy made the Queen and me happy.
Whether or not we found a bucket full or keepers or not, it was enjoyable watching them enjoy our beautiful beaches.
We are truly blessed to live in this paradise.
We decided to take a day off from work this past Friday and spend the better part of the day diving over at Little Hickory, where the cool water was crystal clear. My brother and I even got to swim with a manatee, which came within about 2 feet of us. What an amazing experience and something to remember for a long, long time.