Oscar the Octupus is the two-foot tall, 82-pound creation of Diane Segger, of Segger Studios in Punta Gorda. This amazing sculpture will be on display at the Sanibel Shell Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7-8 and until 4 p.m. March 9 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. 
Oscar is made of more than 10,000 shells gathered by Segger in the winter of 2015 and mostly on Manasota Key and Gasparilla Island. The pen shells, driftwood and oyster shells were found in previous years. It took Segger two years of conceptualization and determining how to structure such a creature, then more than 400 hours to complete. For more information on Oscar the Octupus, visit http://www.seggerstudio.com/oscar-the-octupus/
The Sanibel Captiva Shell Club unveils the new T-shirt for the 2019 Shell Festival that features the shells which can be found on the islands' beaches. The design was created by Shell Club member and graphic artist Andrea Schopf. Ladies v-neck shirts colors include aqua, coral and lavendar. Unisex and crewneck shirts colors include heather blue, light gray and aqua. Cost for all shirts is $15 each. 
All of the profits from t-shirt sales and shell show are used to provide grants to marine science-related programs and scholarships to the Marine Science Department of the University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.