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Shell museum takes part in National Seashell Day on Fort Myers Beach

By Staff | Jun 29, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum took part in the National Seashell Day on June 21 on Fort Myers Beach.

With the help of 1,093 registered participants on Fort Myers Beach, the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau broke the Guinness World Record of the “Largest human image of a seashell.”

It took place on National Seashell Day and the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum was thrilled to be a part of the fun. The museum’s “Shell Ambassadors” were on foot, educating participants about shells and the mollusks that create them.

The program is comprised of volunteers who wear specially-designed ambassador “ASK ME” shirts while they are on the beach to indicate that they are certified to answer questions and identify shells.

“The National Seashell Day event truly demonstrated how shelling unites our community and inspires us all to get outside,” Leigh Gay, museum outreach coordinator, said. “I spoke to so many kids that day who were passionate about shelling. Several adults were interested in becoming a certified National Shell Museum shell ambassador, and some even started memorizing shells at the table. Many of the families that came to our booth had never been to the mMuseum before and had no idea we offered daily summer programming for families.”

For more information, visit www.ShellMuseum.org or contact 239-395-2233.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.