Portrait of a militant sheller

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:?: How can I tell this is a militant sheller? Well, for one thing, he’s carrying “the claw”, an implement of liberation and retrieval which exists in the toolkit of most serious seashell seekers.

Don’t bother googling for “the claw” – the actual name is The Treasure Scoop. Whatever you call it, it’s a handy device. You can use it to dig or else to fish something out of the water without having to perform the “Sanibel Stoop”.

The other reason I can tell this is a militant sheller is that I actually know him. Personally, even! ;) Some of you reading this may even recognize him. How much trouble do we think I’m in for posting this? Personally, I think it’s a lovely shot and he’s going to like it. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! ;)

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22 comments for “Portrait of a militant sheller

  1. August 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Absolutely outstanding sunset that you must never tire of seeing.

  2. August 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Love the story and the amazing watery sunset ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  3. August 11, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I think this is a lovely shot. Perfect sunset!

    Christi

  4. August 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Ok I never knew that… really.
    Love the photo.
    Wonderful OW
    Love Claudie
    xo

  5. August 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hmmmm, I recognize that claw!! But I agree, it is a great picture and he better like it or I’m likely to take his claw away from him.

  6. August 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Snowbird,you may need one of those soon, since you’ll have plenty of time to use it. :-)

    Do you know if that militant sheller is violent? :-)

  7. August 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Tootie, I heard he’s not only militant, he’s a PIRATE =8^0 – doesn’t that mean he’s sort of DANGEROUS?

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  8. August 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

    What a gorgeous sunset. It’s close to perfect. I hope you are having a great day.

  9. August 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

    The first time I ever met that militant sheller, he had that claw. Thank goodness he doesn’t go crawling with it!!

    And yeah, Tootie, I probably will need one. Can I borrow his? Yeah right!!

  10. August 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

    What a beautiful sunset to walk into. I have never met a militant sheller. Explain something what does a militant sheller do? The claw? Is it for gathering clams/shells? Let me know I am interested now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I have signed up to follow this blog. It is just so interesting I want to come back and read more. Please stop by and say hi. I would love to have you visit. I would love to have you follow my blog as well. Country Hugs, Sherry

  11. August 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    A militant sheller is totally dedicated to searching for great seashells no matter what the conditions. Hurricane, flood, darkness, big waves… a militant sheller will brave it all in the name of capturing the treasure!

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  12. August 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Tink, I remember shelling on Sanibel Island when there was nothing but the Gulf and the most fabulous shells just for the picking. No digging needed. Yes, that was in the late 1950′s. We took food as we drove there from Miami (where I was raised after leaving the farm in MI when I was 9)because there was no place to get food. How times have changed. Yes, I think your sheller is very serious.

    Hugs…Jeanne

  13. August 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    wow… this is one very impressive shot.

    Thanks for sharing.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  14. August 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm
  15. August 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Great picture. Shelling at Sanibel, that’s living.

  16. August 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    This is a glorious photo!
    Spirithelpers

  17. August 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    that is a beautiful shot..

  18. Kathy
    August 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous shot, the sunset is breathtaking. Have never been to Sanibel Island, but it’s on our list of places we want to visit. Thanks for the smilemaker.

  19. August 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Fabulous Photo!

    xoxoxox
    Donna Marie

  20. August 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I am speechless! This is a wonderful photograph.
    jfm

  21. August 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

    His bark is worse than his bite!

    VERY nice picture!

  22. Jeanne
    August 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Very nice picture….

    I believe the fellow miltant sheller first witnessed the claw in action 5 summers ago as I went crazy scratching the sand at lowtide around sunset pulling up spectacular shells…. He and his sidekick nicknamed it “The Claw: and it stuck…..I think they ordered theirs that week. What Fun!

    I’ve slack off on my militant shelling this year….I think I’m starting to become a “slacker” :)

    Sorry I missed you :( Next Time for sure!!!

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