Shell Club Featuring Dr. Leal as Guest Speaker

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

An unnamed wentletrap shell found locally was named for Jose Leal, the curator director for the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel. The shell was named Epitonium Leali.

The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club’s October 2023 meeting will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Sanibel Recreation Center. Dr. Jose’ Leal, PhD, Science Director and Curator of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Aquarium will present a discussion of the more common groups of “boring bivalves”. He will discuss and illustrate approaches they use to try to bore into materials as diverse as rock, shells, wood, peat, corals, and others.

Dr. Leal is also the editor of The Nautilus, a scientific journal about mollusks. He was recently featured on the PBS show Changing Seas on the episode “Mollusks: More than a Shell.”

All 2023 – 2024 Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club meetings will be held at the Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel Captiva Rd. The silent auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Osprey room. The remainder of the meeting will be held in the Pelican room, beginning at 2 p.m. This meeting is open to the public, and free of charge.

The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club awards grants from the proceeds of their annual show. Grants are given towards education and research in the fields of conchology and malacology, as well as for conservation and water quality projects, primarily in Southwest Florida. For more information about the annual shell show, or to join the club, please visit the shell club’s website at

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