Pictures of Seashells From Sanibel Island

seashells postcard

Sanibel Island is located on the west coast, the Gulf coast of Florida.
It is well known as an excellent location for collecting seashells.  On the shores of Sanibel Island and neighboring Captiva, a wide variety of sea life and various types of shells wash up on shore.  I visited and stayed there twice in the 25 years I lived in central Florida, but it would have been nice to go without kids so I could have strolled the beach leisurely…but I have NEVER been without kids…so I enjoyed the area from a kids view, which meant standing close by as they swam.

Nevertheless I did collect some nice little bivalves, like the spine jewel box shells in my photo below.

Spiny Jewel Box

The gulf area is perfect for young children because the water is generally calmer than the Atlantic water and therefore not much of an undertow. It’s perfect for anyone because it’s just so beautiful. We watched gorgeous sunsets through the palm trees and were up early every morning to scour the beach for good shells.  I’m lucky that I got to visit before it became so full of people.

One of the pretty shells found along the beaches is the jingle shell.  They are pretty colors when collected on the West coast.  On the East side of the state I often find black shells.

Florida Jingle Shells
Jingle Shells

We’d see Stingrays gliding along just off shore.  Beach shoes of some kind were necessary because the beach is made up of shells which are crushed and whole. We were afflicted with the “Sanibel Stoop” just like everyone else vacationing there!  It happens when there is so much to view close up on the beach that you are in a constant stooping position.

kitten paw seashells
kitten paw seashells

I have large jar of shells that mostly came from the beaches there (in 1990 or 91) and I have recently been trying to identify them.   Some of the shells in the image above are called “kitten’s paw” shells.  I photographed them alongside a daisy flower to show how small they are.

Author: Pam

Spending time on the water is the best, and blogging about the sea life found along the saltwater river and ocean is what I do. I’m also a designer at Zazzle and sell my work, with a lot of ocean themes, on the site.

3 thoughts on “Pictures of Seashells From Sanibel Island”

  1. Although I’d heard of Sanibel Island, I never knew about it until reading your post. What a place! I wish I’d known about it when I travelled to Fort Myers Beach many years ago.

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