Sandbar and Shelling near Blind Pass

Sandbar near Blind Pass

Sandbar near Blind Pass

Shells near Blind Pass

Shells near Blind Pass

Blind pass is located at the intersection of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. There is s small bridge connecting the two islands and there has been a lot of activity there over the past several years to keep the pass open which allows water from the Gulf of Mexico to travel through the pass to the back bays of Pine Island Sound. It is also a popular spot for beach goers who like the clear water and shelling opportunities. It also has nice beaches for swimming. The currents and tides bring sand and shells to the pass which creates a problem in keeping the waterway open. The residents of Captiva and the State of Florida have spent large amounts of time and money to keep the pass open. It seems mother nature has other plans and the pass keeps getting blocked with sand and mud. There is public parking on both sides of the bridge so it is easy to get to. The sandbar in this picture is unique in its size and shape which is not unusual for the mouth of the pass just before water passes underneath Blind Pass bridge. I have not seen a larger collection of shells washed up on any beach on Sanibel or Captiva. If you collect any shells make sure they are not live shells with mollusks living in them. You can take as many empty shells as you like.  There is a good website called Sanibel-Captivaonline.com/blind-pass-sanibel.htm.  which provides a lot of information about places to go and stay on the Islands and elsewhere.

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