GOM Treasures

By: Jamiekins , 2:47 AM GMT on May 05, 2010

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Last night we went to Captiva/Sanibel Blind Pass and had a great time watching all the night critters out looking for food or mating or what ever they do. It was a stary night and could see all the stars without any light pollution. We got there around 730 pm and watched a wonderful sunset.

After the sunset the critters started coming out and doing what they do at night. I can tell you there is so much that goes on at night that the every day person never sees.

If you ever get a chance to go out at night and see all the critters on water or land you would be surprised on how much activity's really happens at night.

Below is a photo of the area we were at last night.


The highlighted area in yellow is the area we were at. We walked up and down the pass and caught a lot of life on the camera and wanted to share with you all. We hope that after looking at this blog you might want to go out in your back/front yard or if you live near the water just go and watch and listen to the life that we really never get a chance to see nor really know about unless you watch nature shows.










































ON THIS PIC YOU NEED TO VIEW THE VID BELOW TO SEE IT IN MOVEMENT. This poor sea hare was washed a shore but we put it back in the water so it didn't pass away





Some kind of shell creature eggs it was Big and Fat not long and skinny like Conch (pronounced ‘konk’)








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19. NRAamy
12:13 AM GMT on May 08, 2010
Jamie!!!!!!!

:)
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18. Jamiekins
12:12 AM GMT on May 08, 2010
Wishing Everyone on WU a wonderful weekend and Great mothers day to all the mothers here
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17. Jamiekins
2:58 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
Quoting aquak9:
mannn...just went to look at the pics again. Oh, that little crab! Like he was proud to have his picture taken- what a cutie! Looking right up into the camera like that.

and the sea hare, loved the video of it water-flying away. The water is so clear and precious, that video really shows the beauty.

Now i have a question, why were ya'll wearing shoes? Did you have to walk thru brush or critters to get to the beach? I'da had my shoes off immediately. Or are there snakes or crabs?


Yes there was a snake..... normally I would of ran away since I am scared to death of snakes and I do mean scared. But for some reason I got a stick and tried to move him out of the water are we were at and I think I threw Spathy for a loop because he wasn't use to that. Heck last time he brought a snake in the house I claimed the cabinets in the kitchen and split the bottom of my foot open and ended up at the ER for stitches.

also on the crab posing for the camera spathy and I played tag with it and spathy caught him and held him for the camera. never hurt the guy. He was let go and he carried on as if nothing happened.

By the way aqua nice way you and spathy were in cahoots about asking about the SNAKE.

BTW the vid of the sea hare is not a vid of ours it was one that we found on you tube to show what the sea hare we found really looks like in thier natural atmosphere

......Party Canceled in hell due to FIRE......
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15. code1
2:36 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
Beautiful! Hope it remains so. I'm begging for a contract down in SW or SE FL next. We'll see where the powers that be send me. For now, I am fast becoming a Texan. That is, in geography only! I'm a cracker at heart and home! And home is on tap tomorrow night. Whoohooooooo
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14. aquak9
2:17 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
mannn...just went to look at the pics again. Oh, that little crab! Like he was proud to have his picture taken- what a cutie! Looking right up into the camera like that.

and the sea hare, loved the video of it water-flying away. The water is so clear and precious, that video really shows the beauty.

Now i have a question, why were ya'll wearing shoes? Did you have to walk thru brush or critters to get to the beach? I'da had my shoes off immediately. Or are there snakes or crabs?
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12. nolesjeff
8:04 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Hey guys, have you been to Cayo Costa? Lots of cool wildlife there also, watch for the wild hogs. We always did memorial day out there. Almost like your own island and the water is a lot clearer then Sanibel/Captiva.

Try Myaka state park for camping if you havent yet. Very cool temp wise in the summer due to the oak canopy and the local astronomy club met there during new moons and were very happy to let us have a look.
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11. Jamiekins
7:58 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Glad you all are enjoying this blog. Spathy and I have decided that we are going to start to enjoy our area and do as much as we can to explore it and photograph all we can. I have been posting more on my Facebook photo area and if anyone would like to see more drop me a line in WU mail and I will send you the link and add you to my friend list. With all the meds out of my system I have decided to enjoy life and enjoy nature more this year hence our get aways with camping. My black berry phone takes great pics and its always on my hip with a 8 gig card in it. Enjoy and if you have any nature wildlife please post.
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10. nolesjeff
3:16 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Thanks for sharing guys, have been away for 3 years now and man i miss it. A few years back we were fishing about 3 miles off shore of blind pass and one of the kids on board saw something huge under us. Had barncacles all over its back. We were thinking whale but not suppose to be whales there. Later that night we saw on the news that we werent the only one to see it. Cant remember but think it was a humpback whale. I love that area and miss it very much. thanks again
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9. NRAamy
3:06 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
two hot guys at the beach....and they're not wearing black socks with their shorts!!!!!!!!

:)
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8. OGal
2:41 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
When we lived in Sarasota we spent alot of long weekends on Sanibel. It is one of our most favorite places in the world. I still have a huge casserole dish I got at the kitchen shop on Periwinkle Way. Hope the shop is still there.

Love all your pictures. One of the major reasons we Floridians are so worried about the oil spill. Hope you have a chance to visit Ding Darling. Thanks for sharing.
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7. Rainman32
2:32 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Sanibel is a pretty awesome place, you guys are lucky to be so close. one of these days gonna get Aqua on down there!

Thanks for the pics and sharing! B^)

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6. masshysteria
1:38 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Hi Jamie and Spathy!

Thanks for sharing such great pictures and insights of the Captiva/Sanibel Blind Pass area of Florida! That sandcrab is a hoot and very photogenic!

Glad you both had a most enjoyable time exploring and documenting some of the wonderful aquatic inhabitants in the area!
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5. Beachfoxx
1:32 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Jamie,

Thank you! Aqua posted that I should come over & take a look - tonic to the soul! We love the GOM & all the splendid beauty she provides....

I took pictures of the beach yesterday before the meeting. Will try to post them later today.

XXXOOO
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4. unclemush
1:17 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Thanks!!:)
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3. aquak9
1:07 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
oh my...I'm gonna enjoy this after work later tonite. what can i say.

speechless
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2. fwblinda
12:21 PM GMT on May 05, 2010
Jamiekins -
thanks for this post!
Hubby and I are going down to the Captiva Island area mid June for a charity fishing tournament.
We haven't been to the area before, but a friend that has said to be sure we took our binoculars and camera because there is lot's of wildlife to observe. I hadn't thought about the nocturnal critters - will definitely plan on doing a night walk while we are there.
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