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Anholt, LeBuff discuss ‘Shelling and Its Sanibel History’

By HISTORICAL VILLAGE - | Feb 4, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Gayle Pence, Betty Anholt, Annette Hendrick and Charles LeBuff.

Betty Anholt and Charles LeBuff spoke recently at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village on “Shelling and Its Sanibel History.” The audience was necessarily limited due to COVID-19 precautions, but the program was videotaped and is now available on the museum’s Website.

LeBuff first started shelling on Sanibel in 1952, although he has never found a junonia. He explained that most junonias come from shrimpers, who fish in deep waters where junonias live.

“Sanibel’s beaches are 95 percent living organisms; there is very little sand,” LeBuff said. “So the seashell formed Sanibel and maintains our quality of life even today.”

Anholt echoed that sentiment.

“Shells have been the underpinning of the island in so many ways,” she said. “Physically, as food sources for people and wildlife, way back to the Calusa, who also used shells as decoration, tools, knives and more.”

The program also covered the history of the Shell Fair, conservation, and the best times to go shelling. To watch the video, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org and click on “Volunteer Updates” under the “Volunteers” tab at the top of the page. The video is the first one listed.