Holy Shell! The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Break Guinness World Record™ for World’s Largest Human Seashell

June 25, 2018 Daily Update

Image of the world's largest human seashell take from the air on Fort Myers Beach.Fort Myers Beach Breaks A World Record!

Last week on the shores of Fort Myers Beach, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel joined in a historic “shellebration” by shattering the world record for the largest human image of a seashell.

1,093 registered participants came together on the shore behind Outrigger Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach to form an enormous seashell, verified by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator on site.

“We did it! Today’s event was spectacular and it encouraged members of our community to come together to tell our shelling story in a fun and engaging way,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Our partnership with Guinness strengthens the global spotlight on our destination’s seashells, which continue to be a major draw for visitors.”

Now in its third year, National Seashell Day coincides with June 21, the first day of summer, as a way to spotlight the joy of shelling with the perfect summer getaway.

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are renowned for their largely undeveloped coastline and commitment to land preservation, exemplified by the bounty of shell species found along these shores. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated entirely to seashells can be found on Sanibel Island, exhibiting thousands of rare specimens native to Southwest Florida. Shells have long attracted artists, writers and innovators to Lee County, inspiring visitors to connect with nature by celebrating these gifts from the sea.

Continue to celebrate the seashell holiday on social media by using the hashtags #NationalSeashellDay, #FtMyersSanibel and #OfficiallyAmazing.