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Junonia found on Sanibel

By Staff | Oct 12, 2021
PHOTO PROVIDED
PHOTO PROVIDED

Laurie Barrett, of Port St., found a junonia rolling in the surf between Bowman’s Beach and Blind Pass on Sanibel on the morning of Sept. 9. Her husband, Ray, had taken their dog back to their rental cottage when she was joined by a couple of other ladies shelling in the water. Barrett reported that she was jumping for joy, of course, when she found it and shared her find with the other sweet ladies. It was she and her husband’s second time vacationing on Sanibel, and she found the shell on the second to last day of their two-week stay. It was Barrett’s second junonia find as she found a smaller one in September 2020 on the St. Joseph Peninsula. She reported that she used to live in Fort Myers and has stayed with family locally for years, beachcombing from Naples to Captiva. She and her husband beachcomb along Cape San Blas, St. Joe Beach, Crooked Island, Hurricane Island and Shell Island on Panama City Beach. Barrett added that she spent a short stint working at the South Seas Plantation in the early ’80s teaching others about the joy of shelling and the excitement of “the find.” She continued, “So you could say I’m shell obsessed. My home is filled with jars and displays of my finds, as well as placing some beauties in the garden areas around our house.”