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Shell Collection, Sanibel-Captiva, Florida


The island beaches of Sanibel-Captiva are famous for their shells. Unlike most of Florida, they have also resisted over-development in favor of local business and eco-tourism. After walking the beach, my wife and I emptied our pockets of shells into a pile near the tide line so that others might enjoy them. Pictured here are a variety of clams, scallops, murexes, conchs, olives, whelks, coquinas, mussels, and others found in the Gulf of Mexico.