Welcome shell collectors & shell crafters!

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-Shell of the Month: Cypraea caputdraconis, Melville 1888

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.

At our next meeting, on Wednesday, September 9th, we welcome veteran shell collector Jim Cordy, who will give a program on shell collecting in Abaco, Bahama Islands. Abaco is one of the out islands of the Bahamas, and as Jim explains, the best way to shell there is to rent a boat and go to a different uninhabited island each day. Having just returned from leading a shelling trip to the Abacos, Jim will show us what to do, where to go, how to get there, and what you will find in Abaco.

Jim Cordy resides in Merritt Island, Florida, where he worked for NASA at Cape Canaveral (then Cape Kennedy). As an avid diver and shell collector for 45+ years, he specializes in self-collected shells of the Caribbean. He leads shelling trips to the Bahamas and elsewhere, and has won many awards at shell shows for his self-collected shells. Back in the day, he used to shell almost daily at the Merritt Island scallop dumps (on the way to/from work), and was known in some shell club circles as “The Mayor of the Dump.” Currently, he is the Curator of Mollusks at the Brevard Museum of Natural History, where many of his specimens are on display. I just went on a Jim Cordy-lead shelling trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas in June, and it was quite fun!