Good things come in very small packages! Here are some of the mini shells that I found at the Sanibel Lighthouse today. In that mix: murex, cockle, juvenile fighting conch, sundial, lightning whelk, tulip, shark eye, king’s crown and even a kitten paw.
While I was shelling on one end of the island, my older son was fishing at the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. He scored, too! A monster redfish! Yes, he put him back in the water after the photo. The big fish swam off in a hurry. Very cool.
If you’re looking to go kayaking on Sanibel, check out Tarpon Bay Explorers. Besides having a fantastic little gift shop filled with everything from wind chimes and jewelry to clothing and home goods, you can rent kayaks, sign up for a sunset or dolphin cruise, or take a guided tour on the water.
You can find all their rates online at their website, TarponBayExplorers.com. It was about $25 for two hours in the kayak. That was plenty of time for me and my little man. Just remember, any shells that you see while in the Refuge (J.N. Ding Darling), you can’t keep, even if they’re empty.