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 thoughts on “Portrait of a militant sheller”

  1. 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.

  2. 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? 🙂

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

  5. 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!


  6. 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.


  7. wow… this is one very impressive shot.

    Thanks for sharing.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  8. 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.

  9. 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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