2020.03.10 -- MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA

The lightning whelk is a predator. It mostly eats oysters, clams, and scallops. They can grow up to sixteen inches long. This one is about six inches...
whelk

I found one that was about as long as my foot. Kelly has the picture. Maybe I'll post it this weekend.

The black under it is its foot. There were quite a few of them out on the hunt one day.

We got up bright and early Wednesday morning to hit the farmers' market...
veggie_stand

It seems like a different world where fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought the first week of March. The tables of strawberries smelled like heaven. I hope there's a good crop up here this year... I'm down to one jar of jam in the basement.

We went out to our favorite restaurant; the Snook Inn...
snook_inn

I always get the blackened grouper sandwich.  We saw a few dolphins in the river there.

We took at least one walk on the beach each day...
beach_walk

This was the year of sand dollars...
sand_dollars

One guy was handing them out to people. He said he found more than seventy. Here are the four I brought home...
my_sand_dollars

I went for small ones. Kelly found the smallest for me. It's the size of a quarter.

Kelly took bunches of pictures...
kelly_picture

Those birds are ibises...
ibises

The weather was beautiful and we had a great time.