After work on Friday MurexAlice and I left cold Tennessee and drove to south Georgia where we spent the night. We did not leave the snow until we were south of Macon. Yesterday about 3 PM we arrived on Sanibel to a blue sky, calm seas and 70 degrees, about 50 degrees warmer than when we left TN. Dinner at Doc Ford’s last night. It sure is nice to be back in paradise.
This morning I was out on the beach at 4:30 AM to shell the 4:50 AM low tide (minus 0.5 feet). No wind, calm seas, air temperature in the 50’s. On the sand bars there were the usual, live snail mollusks (aka gastropods), including fighting conchs, tulips (true & banded), horse conchs, murexes (apple & lacy) and whelks (lightening & pear). There were even more live bivalves, including the atlantic giant cockle, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… , the prickly cockle, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… , the yellow prickly cockle, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… and the ponderous ark, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… . I was pleased to find some nice, dead alphabet cones, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… , lettered olives, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… , angulate wentletraps, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm?id=64 and pairs of buttercup lucines, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… and spiny jewelboxes, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… .
You know that you are a dedicated shell collector when ? (fill in the blank). One of the answers is “when you plan your vacations around the low tides.” There will be excellent, early morning, minus low tides for the next week. The weather promises to be not as cold as last year (or I hope so). I do not expect to write as much as last year, but will try to give a few follow-up reports, as appropriate.