Welcome shell collectors & shell crafters!

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Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, 954-786-4111.  Doors open at 6:30pm when all can enjoy the Raffle Table, Sand Flea Market, and Library. The main program commences at about 7PM. All are invited! At this month’s meeting, on Wednesday, October 8th, we will be having a program about glowing mollusks! The program, presented by Carole Marshall, is entitled “Fluorescence in Mollusks”. Many shells fluoresce (glow) under ultraviolet light. Are there certain shell families that seem to have an above average ratio of fluorescent shells? What causes fluorescence? What is the difference between fluorescence and bioluminescence. Do living mollusks fluoresce? What about fossils? All these questions and more will be answered when Carole gives her program “Fluorescence in Mollusks”.

Carole has belonged to several shell clubs, beginning as a young girl with the Chicago Shell Club. She has been president of 3 different shell clubs and works to keep shelling laws reasonable. Her testimony in Silver Springs Maryland, as well as in Marathon at the NOAA commission on the Keys Sanctuary helped keep some areas of the Keys still available for shell collecting. During the push by Manatee County to ban shell collecting, her testimony kept shell collecting restrictions in Manatee County to a reasonable level. Carole has given dozens of programs throughout the years to various clubs and organizations, many of them on her favorite shell group the Pectinidae.

There will be a case of fluorescent shells under black light available for viewing at the meeting.

ventriculusShell of the Month: Lyncina ventriculus Lamarck, 1810
On coral reef at night, 15-20 meters
Rasa Island, Palawan, Philippines, 2012