Seashells! So many that they form a mini-breakwater at one part of the beach. The island ‘s unique east-west orientation makes it a prime catchment for treasures the ocean waves along the Gulf of Mexico wash ashore, and is renowned for its shelling beaches.
SJ fished out this live whelk fairly easily while wading, hunched, along the shallow parts of the water. The hunch is also known to be the Sanibel Stoop – the posture visitors adopt when they hunt for pretty shells on the pristine white beaches. 🙂 From afar, it did look like there were misshapened flamingoes pecking about.
We returned the whelk back to where it belonged after the photo-op, deeper where it is safe.