There were so many interesting shells to see at the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show this year but one of the highlights every year is the “Live Shell Exhibit” narrated by 6th grade students from The Sanibel School.
As Dr. Jose Leal of The Bailey Matthews Shell Museum put it, “These students are the crown jewels of the whole show”. Weeks before the shell fair begins, these students start training to be “Shell Experts” (check out their tags in the video below) at their school by Sanibel School teacher Peggy Drennan and at the shell museum by volunteer Sue Sprout.
Do you think you are smarter about shells than a 6th grader at
The Sanibel School? (I doubt it! ;))
What a great video, it taught me a lot I did not know. Thank you to all the Sanibel School students who participated.
Most impressive!! So much information, I have to watch it again, thanks for sharing this with us Pam!!
Fun video!!! Wish I was there!
Ps.. got my fab “I Love Shelling!” tee… LOVE IT!!
Wow! I am definitely not smarter than a Sanibel 6th Grader! Those kids really know their stuff! Send them a big Thank You from me!
I was in line for the live shell exhibit but gave up after a major log jam & a crying baby. I’m so glad for the video. What a treat. I really believe that the more our kids know about sea life the better care they will take of it. The sign on the back side of the wall said “Take 2 bags to the beach – 1 for you & 1 for trash”.
I love it! I want to be a shell expert when I grow up.
I thought I read in the local paper that those kids were part of the schools TAG program ( talented and gifted students )?
Really well done kids!
What wonderful kids! I learned alot from this~Thank you!!
What a fun project! Lots of really cool information and lots of stuff that I didn’t know. Probably for kids who are around the shells and the habitants inside all the time it’s a little boring, but for a land-locked Canadian living in a winter wasteland it’s VERY cool!!!
It is sure nice to see the video of the young people talking about the live mollusks. They do know more about those shells than most adults. Thanks for doing that and showing us.
I wish I had been a Sanibel School student when I was growing up!
Very informative. How cool that the school did that for everyone! Not many folks get to see these mollusks and bivalves in the “live” state. Thanks, Pam!
Very cool! Very interesting, and I did learn some new stuff!
What a great video. These students really know their stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Lee & Bill
Loved seeing the kids show off their knowledge and the live shells were nice to see too. Great job, kids and teachers.
Wow! Those kids are amazing! It’s wonderful they know so much about the environment in which they live. Maybe there’s a marine biologist in that group?
Can you imagine how cool it must be to grow up there on Sanibel where they teach this stuff in school??! I wanna go….!! I aggree Donna, there is probably at least 1 marine biologist there!!
Great video, it’s good to see the school taking part in the festivities. I wish so much that I was at this craft show and this site makes me feel like I’m there.
Wow! What a blog! We’re headed for our first trip to Sanibel in a few weeks and as soon as we decided where to go I started “googling” for info and came across your blog. Now that I’ve read the ENTIRE blog over the last couple of days, I am more excited than ever! I just hope we’re able to find some cool shells while we’re there. We’ll be keeping an eye out for you!
Chris from Brighton, MI
The kids were so adorable and their knowledge and enthusiasm were one of the highlights of the show.