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Junonia, more found on Sanibel

By Staff | May 9, 2018

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Kristin Merritt, of Chelsea, Alabama, found her first junonia on May 4 near the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel. It was her third trip to the island, and she had wanted to find one since last summer’s visit. She observed that there was one spot on the beach where shells were accumulating every night. Merritt found the junonia sitting on top of the pile. She reported that she was so happy she almost cried and could not believe it. Merritt had hoped to find one, but did not get too hopeful because other shellers have been looking for years and have not found one. She also found other “firsts” during her visit, including two alphabet cones, red Florida cone, two yellow horse conchs, shark’s eye, couple of apple murexes, lace murex and small king’s crown. Merritt explained that she studied pictures of Sanibel’s shells so she knew what to look for, and she had to dig a little for some of the shells as they were partially exposed. She called the junonia the most special find during her stay.