Shelling the Ten Thousand Islands in Summer

Shelling the Ten Thousand Islands in Summer: An Adventure Aboard the Shark Eye with Captain Jim and Shell Guide Caitlin. Welcome to the breathtaking beauty of the Ten Thousand Islands, where summer unveils a whole new world of shelling treasures waiting to be discovered. As a local shelling expert and proud member of the Treasure Seekers Shell Tours team, I’m thrilled to take you on an unforgettable shelling adventure aboard our new boat, the Shark Eye, with Captain Jim and Shell Guide Caitlin. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of this unique ecosystem and uncover a bounty of seashells found only in the Ten Thousand Islands.

Introducing the Shark Eye

Our new vessel, the Shark Eye, is a marvel in itself. Specifically designed for shelling expeditions, it boasts cutting-edge technology and unmatched comfort, ensuring an unparalleled experience for our guests. With spacious deck space, state-of-the-art navigational equipment, and eco-friendly features, the Shark Eye allows us to explore the hidden gems of the Ten Thousand Islands with ease and minimal impact on the environment.

Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Ten Thousand Islands

The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is a paradise for shell enthusiasts, especially during the summer months. As the tides shift and the warm waters embrace the shores, an abundance of shells emerges to adorn the sandy beaches. Here are some of the stunning specimens you can expect to find during our shelling tours:

1. Junonia (Scaphella junonia): The ultimate prize for collectors, the Junonia’s distinctive brown spots against a creamy background make it one of the most sought-after shells in the area.

2. Lightning Whelk (Busycon sinistrum): Recognized by its spiral form and sharp-pointed spire, the Lightning Whelk is a common find in the Ten Thousand Islands, both alive and as beautiful empty shells.

3. Fighting Conch (Strombus pugilis): With its rosy-pink hue and unique shape, the Fighting Conch is a captivating addition to any shell collection.

4. Tulip Shell (Fasciolaria tulipa): Named for its tulip-like appearance, this shell exhibits striking patterns and colors, often found partially buried in the sandy shores.

5. Cockle (Dinocardium robustum): Recognized by its heart-shaped outline, the Cockle’s bivalve shell is a delightful discovery on our tours.

Summer Shelling Tips

As we venture into the summer months, it’s essential to come prepared for our shelling adventure:

– Wear comfortable clothing, including a hat and sunscreen, as the Florida sun can be intense.

– Bring a mesh shell bag or bucket to collect your finds responsibly and sustainably.

– Stay hydrated by carrying a refillable water bottle.

– Keep an eye out for wildlife like dolphins, manatees, and exotic birds that often grace us with their presence.

Discover CMS Swizzles


Handmade, one-of-a kind seashell creations from Marco Island, FL

While we cherish the memories created during our shelling tours, our Shell Guide Caitlin also shares her artistic talents with the world through her online store, CMS Swizzles. Get ready to be enchanted by her one-of-a-kind seashell creations that capture the essence of the Ten Thousand Islands’ natural beauty. Visit to explore her stunning collection and bring home a piece of this remarkable destination.


Join Captain Jim, Shell Guide Caitlin, and me aboard the Shark Eye for an extraordinary shelling experience in the Ten Thousand Islands. As we traverse the warm waters, you’ll discover an array of seashells unique to this pristine ecosystem. Our new boat, the Shark Eye, provides the ultimate comfort and eco-conscious exploration, ensuring a memorable journey that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders that lie beneath the surface. Book your tour now and embark on a shelling adventure of a lifetime!

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