Sanibel Island is a popular tourist destination in Florida known for its wildlife refuges and beaches full of beautiful seashells. Sanibel Island is a barrier island, which causes shells to quickly accumulate on the shore.
Tropical storm Andrea sure put a damper on the first few days of our vacation. But she dredged up more shells than we have ever seen on our many visits to our favorite island. The beach was littered with hundreds of Florida Fighting Conchs (Strombus alatus), all creeping along slowly at low tide. It was an awesome sight. I did not gather and pose these shells. They were just one cluster of the hundreds on the beach that night.
Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.