A rainbow of coquinas.

A rainbow of coquinas.

Sanibel and Captiva are two of the world's best shelling destinations, and most visitors hope to return home with a bounty of beautiful shells - it's the perfect reminder of your time in the islands. It's easy to find the more common shells on any of our beaches, but advice from friendly locals can be very helpful in your quest to find that perfect gaudy natica, wentletrap, lace murex, or whichever shell is still missing from your collection. 

A Crown Conch found in the mangrove mud.

A Crown Conch found in the mangrove mud.

Beginning in November, Sanibel Sea School is excited to begin a new role as the "Shelling Concierge" at South Seas Island Resort. Resort guests are invited to stop by our South Seas campus for help with shell identification, to learn more about our islands' live shells and shelling rules, or to seek advice on where to look for their favorite type of shell. Our educators love to talk about shells, so we hope you'll visit.

Sanibel Sea School educator Brooke Linn guides a Discover Shelling walk at South Seas Island Resort. Photo credit Sebrie Images Photography.

Sanibel Sea School educator Brooke Linn guides a Discover Shelling walk at South Seas Island Resort. Photo credit Sebrie Images Photography.

We will also offer weekly guided Discover Shelling Walks. Both novice and serious collectors can discover Captiva's shelling paradise on the walk each week along the resort’s two-and-a-half miles of beaches. Shellers will learn about basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many seashells wash up on the resort’s shoreline, and even learn secrets about where to look for the most coveted shells. 

For more information, visit our website or call our South Seas Island Resort campus at (239) 579-1476.

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