Welcome shell collectors & shell crafters!

Due to facility being closed for Veterans Day Holiday



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.  All are invited, new members always welcome! The next meeting is Wednesday, November 11.

At this month’s meeting, on Wednesday, Nov 11th, we welcome Alan Gettleman, who will give a great program entitled “The Difficulty of Collecting Land Shells 100’ Below Sea Level.” Interesting title, you say? Alan is quite an interesting person, and has been fascinated by shells since his first trip to Florida almost sixty years ago. He first visited Sanibel Island in 1957, taking the ferry which preceded the first bridge. In his Molluscan studies, he concentrates on U.S. freshwater naiad bivalves, but also studies land shells, collecting in the Philippines, the four most species-rich islands of the Caribbean, and in the U.S. from Florida to Washington State. The land shell Parachondria gettlemani Watters, 2010, from southwestern Dominican Republic, is named in his honor.

A secondary interest of his is preserving antiquarian shells, where he has specimens from the 19th century (many now extinct) with some collected as long ago as 1843 by Samuel Botsford Buckley in Florida territory and named in 1845.

Retired from NASA, Alan worked on the Aquatic Research Facility (ARF) payload on Space Shuttle Endeavour in May of 1996 which flew the first mollusks ever flown in space: Mytilus edulis veligers to evaluate shell (calcium) deposition.

Alan Gettleman is a past President of the Conchologists of America and was Cochair of 2 COA Conventions. Alan co-founded the Florida United Malacologists (FUM), now in its sixth year, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel.

Come enjoy this fun and entertaining program and presenter! (And yes, some landsnails live 100 feet below sea level!)

 Shell of the Month: 
Cypraea achatidea Sowerby, 1837
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