Monday, July 2, 2012

Shift Happens

The first tropical storm of the 2012 storm season -Debby - blew in, hovered over Florida for 3 days, then blew out leaving many SWFL beaches rearranged. The southern end of Manasota Key was dredged 2 years ago to open up Stump Pass and deepen the channel to allow boats to travel through without getting beached on the shoals building up by the constantly shifting sands.  The dredging was a success but thanks to the storm the pass has become shallow again.  Further north on Manasota Key, Blind Pass Beach (not Sanibel-Captiva) has a swath of new sandbars cut into the beach. Good news to sharks tooth hunters.  It hardly seems a week ago we were all hunkered down with tornado warnings, rain squalls, & flooding.  But the sun is shining again and SWFL is back to normal. 

 Lest we all forget there was a storm, Here's a video I took last Monday.  I donned my slicker and hiked the mile out to the end of Stump Pass to see if my junonia had washed in yet.  It had not & I had to skeedaddle out of there before my path was completely under the storm surge roaring in with the high tide.

Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key  has had a storm make-over.  The sandbars stretch along the entire beach now.

The shoreline is even better with the addition of the newly-formed sand bars for finding sharks teeth. (till the next storm)

The bottom of the sandbar trench is full of sharks teeth, shells, & fossils.

Full moon tomorrow & minus low tides every night this week .  Life is good.


  1. You found some cool looking stuff there. I'd love to be walking those sandbars!

  2. Wow... lucky you, Karen!!! Great finds after Debby, and a cool video!
    Take care and happy 4th of July!

  3. Stump Pass looks like a totally different beach now from the pics you've shown us before. WOW! I'd love to be out there shelling this week :) Have fun!

    Oh! and that little lightening whelk is darling!

  4. Wow. Can't believe the power of mother nature some times. But you had some good finds. Wish I were there. I may have to pop by and shark tooth hunt when I come to Sanibel in Oct!

  5. happy 4th and happy hunting, karen!

  6. p.s. rough seas on that video and stump pass looks other-worldly

  7. Hi Karen! It was great to hear from you yesterday - hope you guys had a great fourth.
    The video of the ocean was amazing - but also beautiful. You be careful when you are out in the elements!!! : )

  8. I always have remembered storms being so fun for some reason growing up there LOL They just always seemed to change up the glad you are safe and really glad you got to hunt for new treasures!!! =D xox


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