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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Seashell Cowboy Helps Save The Planet

garrett shell museum volunteer

Garrett is a true seashell lover. He is learning so much about seashells because he loves how beautiful they are and is fascinated about how live shells are a vital part of our ecosystem. When he visits Sanibel from his home town in Georgia, he likes to volunteer at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to help with anything they need. He just wants to be close to the shells and to learn more. I feel fortunate to have met him at Blind Pass to see his passion for learning how seashells (and Garrett too!) are helping save the planet.

While doing more online research on the subject of “ameobicytes” on seashells, I didn’t find very much information but this great article from the Discovery Channel popped up! Click on this… Discovery Channel seashell article to learn more.



  1. Very interesting , didn’t know that !!! Thanks Garrett & Pam !!! Glad to see your up & running again Pam !

  2. What a smart, handsome guy! Gotta love them folks from GA! ;)

  3. That is very interesting. I never knew that the shells themselves filtered the ocean water. I feel like I learn something new every time I go to your sight Pam. Thank you both for my lesson of the day. :)

    I arrived today for my 10 day shell-fix. Heading out now to see what I can find.

  4. What an impressive young man! How interesting. Thanks for bringing that to us Pam.


  5. I had no clue either. I sure wish I were in the middle of that shell pile though!!!

  6. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Pam!

  7. Hey, that was awesome! Those are facts I never knew about shells. Very interesting :)

  8. Ya’ll quit it with the flattery I’m taken XD In fact on june 21st i’m getting married on sanibel to a wonderful woman.
    Sanibel… is a magical place… much like an art museum or a gallery, it is a home of history and expression sooooooo vast it’s mind boggling.
    Happy Shelling – Garrett Steenblik

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