shelling at sunset

Shelling On Sanibel

As the sun sets and the tide is low, Sanibel beachcombers hunch over the sand, dig and look at lumps in their search for a beautiful variety of seashells. Actually, the search doesn’t take long. The treasure hunt unveils vast amounts of shells of every kind: large and small, cone-shaped and scalloped and spiraled, pink or white or orange. Sanibel Island, and its sister island, Captiva, off the Southwest Coast of Florida are the mother lode for shell hunters, and it is all due to the area’s geography.