THE SILLY STOOP
Coming in all sizes and ages, these shellers are not what we call experts. But they’re certainly entertaining.
With this popular group, it appears the obsessive need to collect a shell takes control of their body and overwhelms common sense. They can often be found running or splashing around at the water’s edge in a frantic display of desire and a rather unfocused, haphazard search.
When an intriguing shell is spotted, an amusing scene usually occurs. As the sought- after shell rolls in the surf, they will demonstrate a hysterical ballet that resembles someone who has touched a live wire. They instantly stop, twist quickly and grab at the elusive treasure. More often than not, they lose balance and tumble awkwardly with a resounding watery splat.
Keep a sharp eye out for these stoopers. They don’t really care who they hurt— or splash— in their crazed quest. You have been warned. Jack Breslin is frequent contributor to national trade publications. A Colorado resident, he looks forward to visiting Sanibel and demonstrating his unique stooping technique.