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The “Sanibel 6” Seashells

Fort Myers is a sheller’s paradise. In fact, the area has been named the #1 place for shelling (searching for and collecting seashells) in North America! The gentle surf in Southwest Florida washes thousands of shells onto the shore every day, many of them in pristine condition. Brush up on your shelling skills by learning about the different types of shells you might find here.

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The Lightning Whelk

A favorite of shellers, lightning whelk shells can be found in sand near low tide and in water up to 10 feet deep.

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Lace Murex

These shells are so complex, they are often hard to find. Dig deep and look for a shell with round openings and cylindrical siphon canals.

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Alphabet Cone

One of the most recognizable shells, alphabet cones have a low, concave spire and spiral rows of orange dots, dashes and checks.

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Florida Fighting Conch

Found in 5 to 25 feet of water, Florida Fighting Conchs can be aggressive if alive when picked up, so make sure you marvel in their beauty from a distance.

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Lettered Olive

The shiniest shell you will find on Sanibel Island! They are usually cruising along the sandbar at low tide so keep a look out.

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Banded Tulip

This magnificent shell can grow to be 4 inches long and can be found in shallow, grassy bays.

 

What better way to celebrate the beautiful shells of Southwest Florida than visiting Fort Myers on National Seashell Day?