National Seashell Day
Finding treasures while making treasured memories.
With more than 50 miles of beaches and over 400 species of seashells that often cover the white sands, there’s no other place quite like Fort Myers for shell hunting. People come here from all around the world to hunt for unbroken seashells on our shores. In fact, Sanibel Island is known as the “Seashell Capital of the World” because of its unique east-west orientation that brings countless seashells in pristine condition to its white-sand beaches.
Residents and visitors alike know the joy of searching through seashells to find that perfect lightning whelk or alphabet cone. These natural treasures have inspired us to dedicate June 21 to celebrate the seashells that wash onto our shores every day of the year.
National Seashell Day offers the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the amazing seashells and the animals who build and inhabit them. Take a moment to learn more about collecting shells, a favorite Fort Myers pastime and the perfect way to relax on the beach and shell-ebrate this special day.
Here, seashells are a big deal. In 2018, we set a new mark for the Guinness World Records title for “Largest human image of a seashell” with 1,093 participants! You can watch the creation of this record-setting marvel in this time-lapse video.
For more photos and to see how we're celebrating this year, follow us on Instagram and check out #NationalSeashellDay.