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Local shell enthusiast helps ‘shellebrate’ National Seashell Day

June 15, 2016
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The inaugural National Seashell Day is almost here.

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau knows Southwest Florida is one of the premier shell collecting destinations in the world and they are inviting beachgoers to celebrate the first day of summer by shell searching on June 20.

Travelers who visit the area to celebrate will have access to special travel deals, seashell attractions and activities. If they enter the Shell Yeah Sweepstakes they may have a chance to win three nights lodging for four at the Sanibel Inn, a shelling cruise by Captiva Cruises, as well as meet world famous shell seeker Pam Rambo and go shelling with her to some of her favorite beach spots.

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World famous shell seeker Pam Rambo will help make National Seashell Day special.


Rambo is Sanibel's very own well-known local shell-ebrity. She collects shells on Southwest Florida beaches and travels the world's beaches, always adding to her extensive shell collection. She was a shell collector as a child, but after her move to Sanibel her collecting turned into a website, blog, and the person to contact to share any obsession for shells.

"I have a huge passion for seashells," said Rambo. "Seashells are such a big part of my life. I photograph shells. I create art with shells. I decorate our house with shells. I write about shells (iLoveShelling). I dream about shells, but most of all I comb the beaches along with my husband Clark to look for shells."

Rambo's number one shelling tip is to look at the tide charts. An hour before and after low tide is a great time to find the latest addition for personal collections.

"Shelling is a way of life for me and has become sort of therapy to focus on the positive picture of how we are surrounded by beautiful things every single second. We just have to open our eyes and take it in," said Rambo. "We moved to Sanibel 15 years ago because we were amazed at the beautiful beaches, the wildlife and how shelling is the best treasure hunt on the planet."

When Rambo heard the good folks of Lee County Visitors Bureau were going to officially proclaim that every year on June 20 would be National Seashell Day, she joined them at the courthouse donned in her junonia costume and loudly sounded her conch horn to celebrate this awesome day.

"To have an official day to shellebrate seashells," Rambo said smiling. "OMG, it's so awesome, we've been working night and day to make a huge incredible sculpture covered in shells to be unveiled on National Seashell Day, June 20. It's gonna be fabshellous!"

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