So we decided to take a break from the norm and visit Bowman’s Beach Saturday morning. Bowman is one we used to frequent quite a bit in the past, but Blind Pass kinda took over. As you can see though, the view was amazing. We arrived early to find only a handful of fellow beachers.
We set up our camp, and as usual I made it down to the water line to check out the water temp and clarity. Water was a bit chilly but clear. I looked down only seconds after stepping into the water and discovered a nice Florida cone. I was thinking that was a good sign.
Problem was, the water was filled (and I mean filled) with hundreds upon hundreds of comb jellies.
Now, I know they’re not the stinging kind of jelly, but there’s just something about the feel of a jelly-like thing bouncing off of my arms and head that kinda makes me uncomfortable. Once I told the Shell Queen about the jellies, she decided to forgo snorkeling altogether and dig through the shell piles. It didn’t stop several tourists, who were catching them with their hands. None of that for me, pal! But I bit the jelly bullet and dove in for a closer inspection of the sea floor.
There weren’t too many outstanding shells in the water at Bowman. I found a few here and there, including a pretty nice Alphabet Cone that believe it or not, was underneath a pen shell that was laying in the sand a few yards out (There’s a little tip from the Shell King – wink wink – you’ll find some good shells now and then by simply looking under those pen shells).
I also found a very cool Rough Scallop with a long, intact foot (Along with the Alphabet Cone).
And a slew of jingle shells. Take a look at that dark brown one in the front!
I continued my search for calico scallops and found a great variety in color. Take a look at a few of the nice shells we found. The color on those two juvenile fighting conchs took the Shell Queen’s breath away. And look at the shine on that mini olive. Wow.
See you at Blind Pass for Thursday Thunder!