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Sanibel Shell Show to feature video on sand dollars

By SHELL CLUB - | Feb 3, 2021


The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club is all about conchology, the science and collection of shells. But it also has a keen interest in water quality and malacology, the science of the live animals that make the shells.

One of these animals will be featured in a video for the free 2021 Virtual Sanibel Shell Show, which will premiere on March 5-6 from noon to 3 p.m. on the club’s YouTube channel. The presentation about the sand dollar, a type of echinoderm, will be narrated by Sanibel Sea School Education Program Manager Shannon Stainken.

Learn what sand dollars can do with their feet, what and how they eat, how to tell if they are alive, what color a live sand dollar will turn your fingers, how they got their name and more. Sand dollars, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers are very alike, even though they are very different in appearance. Stainken will discuss their similarities.

It will be one 35 original videos to be featured in the show. Topics range from creating shell art, to tours of a museum collection, a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum’s aquarium, visits to universities studying mollusks and ocean water quality, and DIY projects. The lineup of videos will include several on malacological topics, such as footage of live mollusks, and a seafloor survey of deep water mollusks like junonias.

For questions, email shellshow@sanibelshellclub.com.

For more information, visit https://sanibelshellclub.com/virtual-2021-sanibel-shell-show/.