Learn about gastropods, bivalves, polyplacophora and Scaphopoda from our resident Conchologists. So the next time you do the "Sanibel Stoop" you'll know what you're looking at!


Can you say Malacology?

You no doubt heard of the Jewel of the Nile, however we have jewels in our own back yard! The joy of living or visiting the beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast provides many intiquing benefits.

Malacology is the branch of invertebrate zoology that deals with the study of the Mollusca (mollusks or molluscs), the second-largest phylum of animals in terms of described species after the arthropods with conchology being the study of their shells.

Discover the amazing lifestyles of sea shells, sea urchins, sea stars, sea horses, sand dollars and more. The new fascinating two-hour program, hosted by a local Conchologist, includes a PowerPoint Presentation, Hands-on tables, Touch Tank, cleaning shells, etc. See how marine treasures found in Estero Bay and on Lovers Key play a role in nature and how they adapt to our unique environment. Call the Marine Science Center for availabilty and schedule.

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718 Fisherman's Wharf - Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 - 239-765-8101