Get Ready For A Shell Walk with Sanibel Sea School

DATE: February 10, 2016

Known as the top shelling spot on this continent, Sanibel Island is the perfect place to learn more about the abundant sea shells that are left behind by the ocean’s waves.

And Sundial Beach Resort & Spa and the Sanibel Sea School have the perfect program to help you do that.  Sanibel Sea School offers a weekly Shell Walk program at Sundial that will help you become more knowledgeable about this shelling paradise and the hundreds of species waiting to be discovered.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn during the two-hour Shell Walk here at Sundial:

Basic bivalve and gastropod biology: Yes, you learn about the bivalve mollusks and the gastropod mollusks known as snails. Did you know mollusks have the second highest number of species behind insects? You’ll learn more about these and view specimens from the beach to identify them.


Why so many shells wash up on our beaches:  There is a reason the shelling is so amazing here on Sanibel Island. And just like in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.

Where to look for some of the most coveted shells: Some of the most sought after shells include the Junonia, Scotch Bonnet and the Lion’s Paw. Sanibel Sea School can’t promise you’ll find one of these during the Shell Walk, but they do promise you won’t leave empty handed.

Shell Walk is offered once a week for adults at Sundial and is scheduled based on optimal shelling conditions. Cost is $20. Upcoming Shell Walk dates and times are:

  • Feb. 11 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 18 – 1:30-3:30
  • Feb. 25 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Those planning to participate in Shell Walk should bring the following:  swimsuit, sunblock lotion, hat, wading shoes, bug repellent, towel, a bag for shells or fossils, and a jacket if you get chilled in the light wind.  Of course, as a guest at Sundial, you’ll receive a free shelling bag that you can use for this.

Want to join us for Shell Walk? Contact us today or click here to reserve your space. All Sanibel Sea School programs must be paid for in advance to reserve your spot.

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