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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 12:33 PM


David, that's a very nice series of Shell Island images. Thanks for sharing your latest Baja adventure.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 12:39 PM


Dave,

Great pix as always! What were the night time temps down to? Thats always been my roadblock to going down in July & August. With the humidity and temps as night I could not sleep - even with fans.

Met the people years ago ( a Sr. Limon from LA - I still got the guys' business card!!) who had just bought the property (Isla Martin or whatever it was then) and had big plans - didn't pan out as 99% of the projects do in Baja! Same for the Americans who graded the road in just south to a cleared area. But who the hell wants to camp/trailer overlooking the salf flats?? There is no beach or water!! You still have to drive south to the only access.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 05:43 PM


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Dave,

Great pix as always! What were the night time temps down to? Thats always been my roadblock to going down in July & August. With the humidity and temps as night I could not sleep - even with fans.

Met the people years ago ( a Sr. Limon from LA - I still got the guys' business card!!) who had just bought the property (Isla Martin or whatever it was then) and had big plans - didn't pan out as 99% of the projects do in Baja! Same for the Americans who graded the road in just south to a cleared area. But who the hell wants to camp/trailer overlooking the salf flats?? There is no beach or water!! You still have to drive south to the only access.


Yah, exactly... who wants to look at a lagoon that is empty more than half the time (low tides and small moon tides)?

We slept well... it was great at night... maybe 70-75 tops IMO. There was humidity off the gulf, but not hot, steamy stuff. When we did a night run with the new Hellas turned on, it looked like fog!




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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 05:46 PM


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if it's an island........:?:


Look closely at this map:



Notice water surrounding the narrow strip of coast/ beach.

It is as much an island as Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Coronado Island... in fact even more so, as during the highest tides, water does go completely around it... the others named above have a small bit of land connecting them to the mainland... like Shell Island does (at low tide)!

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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 06:30 PM
On Capt. Mike's GIANT Baja wall map, it's an island!








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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 05:38 PM


I would like a sea weed or sea animal expert to ID this, anybody?




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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 05:51 PM


The first thing I thought of was an egg casing from a shark or ray but I googled the $-*t of it and nothing even close comes up. But that is still my GUESS.



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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 06:07 PM


The 'leaves' are hallow chambers and feel like nylon...



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[*] posted on 9-15-2009 at 08:13 AM
"Mermaid's Necklace"


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I would like a sea weed or sea animal expert to ID this, anybody?






Here is the answer from a marine biologist refered by Ken Bondy (thank you):

"Those are whelk eggs (a whelk is a large marine snail)."

I learned a common name for them is "Mermaid's Necklace".

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[*] posted on 9-15-2009 at 08:37 AM


Interesting facts on the Whelk:

Mating and egg laying occur during the spring and fall migration.

Internally fertilized eggs are surrounded by a transparent mass of albumen, a gel-like material, and are laid in protective flat, rounded egg capsules joined to form a paper-like chain of egg cases, commonly called a "Mermaid's Necklace".

On average each capsule contains 0-99 eggs, with most strings having 40-160 capsules.

After laying their egg cases, female knobbed whelk will bury one end of the egg case into the substrate, thus providing an anchor for the developing fertilized eggs and preventing the string of egg cases from washing ashore where it would dehydrate.

Fertilized eggs emerge as juvenile knobbed whelks approximately 4 mm in length.




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[*] posted on 9-16-2009 at 08:57 PM


Thanks, quite a bit of information that results from a Baja trip..

Great pictures, you guys are really good sports and not sure if I could have done "tent" camping at your age in the Baja in July.. yeah, I'm a sissy like it cool rather than hot..

Thanks again for all the time and effort, it looks almost like work, but then you took pictures and we know it was fun




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[*] posted on 9-17-2009 at 07:57 AM


You're welcome!

Baja is a great place to be outdoors and enjoy Nature!

I enjoy sharing my trips and data with my friends here... I hope it inspires others to do the same...




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[*] posted on 6-22-2019 at 07:30 PM


It's been almost 10 years since this trip... We had only the basic sunshade and dome tent.

First time seeing whelk eggs, got a close up of a tarantula hawk, and nice photos of a pair of oystercatchers...




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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 06:46 AM




Here is what the northern part of Shell Island looks like with a 20' tide

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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 06:58 AM


Another pic showing Northern Shell Island under water.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 08:19 AM


I am guessing this is from Percebu looking east from someone's construction project? The island has been growing northward slowly over the years. It isn't much more than a sand bar there.



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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 08:27 AM


That is correct. A 20' tide covers about a 1/2 mile of the Northern portion of Shell Island. View is from patio of new casa.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 08:38 AM


In 2016, I took my Baja Extreme Tour to the north end of the island after our first night camp. Percebu homes in the background...











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[*] posted on 6-23-2019 at 09:13 AM


Here are current pics from Shell Island looking toward beach.



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