Today’s Sanibel News & Headlines

Today’s Sanibel news & headlines

Breaking Sanibel news: Sanibel’s new aquarium: Live octopuses, clams, a rare junonia and more at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

Exhibit Highlights

We offer more than 30 permanent exhibits and several temporary exhibits. Our spectacular shell displays offer insights into the vital roles that mollusks have played throughout history, culture, art, design, and medicine. You’ll marvel at our exquisite variety of shells—many of which you most likely never knew existed! You’ll also learn to identify local shells that you can find right here on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

​Shells of Sanibel & Captiva
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the leading authority on Sanibel and Captiva shells. Multiple exhibits give guests the opportunity to see prized Junonias, as well as fig snails, pen shells, and more. The Museum offers extensive information on how and where to shell on Sanibel and Captiva, and how to clean and transport your gifts from the sea.

Shells from Around the World
Explore a beautiful collection of shells from around the globe. Located in the Great Hall, this exhibit includes spectacular shells from the Japanese Province, the Indo-West Pacific Province, and others!​

Record-Breaking Shells
We have some of the largest shells ever found on display. Our record-holding shells include the largest known representatives of the Goliath Conch, the Lightning Whelk, the Atlantic Trumpet Triton, and the Horse Conch.​

Shells in Architecture, Art, and Human History
For centuries, shell forms have inspired crafters, builders, and architects. Throughout the Museum, discover how shells have influenced architecture and art across many different human cultures.
Other Sanibel News
Sanibel News: Record Number Of Loggerhead Nests on Captiva

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that Captiva has shattered its nest record with 240 loggerhead nests laid so far this season. The previous record was set in 2016 with 194 nests

Sanibel is having a strong season as well with 598 nests reported but may not surpass the current record of 650 nest set back in 2017.

The largest of all hard-shelled turtles, loggerheads are named for their massive heads and strong jaws (leatherbacks are bigger but have soft shells). Their reddish-brown shell, or carapace, is heart-shaped. Their front flippers propel them through the water like wings, and their hind feet stabilize and steer them. While adults males generally weigh about 250 pounds, loggerheads of more than a thousand pounds have been found.
The Loggerhead is considered a “keystone species,” meaning that other animals in its ecosystem depend on it for survival. These turtles feed on invertebrates, whose shells pass through their digestive systems and, upon excretion, fall back to the bottom of the ocean for other animals to eat as a calcium source. Predators also rely on loggerhead hatchlings for food, while more than a hundred species of animals—including barnacles, crabs, and algae—live on their shells.

Additional Sanibel News regarding the City Council Mandates

You don’t need to wear a mask while on the beach!

Face Covering Proclamation

For the purposes of this restriction, the following terms are defined as follows:

·     “face covering” means a breathable material that covers the nose and mouth of an individual, secured with ties or straps or otherwise wrapped around the lower face, whether purchased, homemade or improvised.

·     “business or other place of public accommodation” means a location with a roof overhead under which any business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed, or where services are rendered.  The news reports that this includes locations where for-profit, non-profit, and governmental entities facilitate public interactions and conduct business.  It does not include places of religious worship, such as churches and synagogues.


1. Every person over two years of age who is away from his or her place of residence should carry a face covering capable of immediate use.


2. Every person over two years of age who is away from his or her residence should wear a face covering when closer than six feet to another person with whom he or she does not reside.


3. Individuals-whether an owner, worker, patron, or otherwise-of a business or other place of public accommodation are required to wear a face covering while indoors within that business or public accommodation.


4. Individuals are not required to wear a face covering while outdoors in public areas anywhere with appropriate social distancing of six or more feet between individuals who do not reside together, including but without limitation, at the beach, on the shared use path, or playing golf.


5. The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to any of the following individuals (although such individuals are not prohibited by this restriction from wearing face coverings if they so choose):

·     Children under two years of age;

·     Individuals who have one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a mask or otherwise would cause impairment due to an existing health condition;

·     Individuals obtaining a service from a barbershop, beauty salon, or other type of service involving the head or face, where temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

·     Individuals who are engaged in work where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession;

·     Restaurant or bar customers or patrons, only while seated at a table or bar.  News of bar closures may affect this on Sanibel.

·     Individuals who are exercising.

·     Owners or workers in an area of the business or other place of public accommodation that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that six feet of distance exists between any owners or workers. This exception does not apply to owners or workers in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a restaurant or food establishment.

·     Guests when inside of a hotel room, motel room, vacation rental unit, timeshare unit, or similar unit.

·     Individuals worshiping in a church, synagogue or other place of religious worship.

6. Violations are subject to fines of $50 per violation. Businesses or other places of public accommodation are encouraged to post signage of this Proclamation and adopt a “no mask, no service” policy to facilitate enforcement.  This may be good news for Sanibel, which has continued to have very low incidents of COVID-19.



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