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Junonia found on Sanibel

By Staff | Apr 20, 2019
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Cheryl Rhodes, of Pittsford, New York, was afternoon shelling on April 15 at the surf’s edge of the water outside of her Sanibel condo on East Gulf Drive when she found a junonia shell. She explained that she stepped on it and noted it was a large round shell. She then reached down and pulled it out of the water. Rhodes said she stared at the junonia in disbelief for a few minutes before sharing her find with other shellers. She and her wife, who passed away in January after a too-short battle with cancer, have been visiting the islands and staying at their condo a couple of times a year over the past eight years. She said their last visit was over New Year’s. As they looked for shells on the beach at the time, Rhodes’ wife told her that she wished they would find a junonia; if they did not, she would send one Rhodes’ way from the other side. Rhodes said they both laughed at the thought. This was her third visit back since January to “our place, where we shared so much peace, love and joy. What a gift from the sea to find this shell at this time,” she said.