homepage logo

National Shell Museum launches shell identification app

By Staff | Mar 13, 2019


The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently launched the Shell Museum App to a captive audience of shell enthusiasts at the 82nd Annual Shell Festival on Sanibel.

Created by the shell experts at the museum, the app is a revolutionary shell identification tool that can help shellers instantly identify more than 65 common shells found on Southwest Florida beaches, simply by snapping a picture with their cell phone camera. It also provides an extensive, full color shell guide with images and descriptions of each shell, including photos of the living animal that created it.

From an initial set of over 35,000 shell images, the app uses deep learning and artificial intelligence to learn how to identify the most common shells from Southwest Florida. Every photo uploaded makes the app better by adding to its growing knowledge of shells.

“It took a dedicated team and countless hours to capture the photographs needed to help build the Shell Museum App database,” Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman said. “We are thrilled to launch a powerful educational tool that will help the museum further inform and inspire its visitors and community, and encourage people to learn about our oceans while out enjoying nature.”

Search for “Shell Museum” in the Apple App Store to download it today.


A version of the app is coming soon to the Google Play Store.

For more information, visit www.ShellMuseum.org/shell-app or email appsupport@shellmuseum.org.