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The Shell Love Bug

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

No destination in the world represents shelling like The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Every year, people from around the globe make their way to Southwest Florida to comb the beaches for bounties of colorful shells.

The Shell Love Bug is a mobile work of art demonstrating the love of shelling that is so prevalent in our destination. Commissioned by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (LCVCB) and designed by local shelling expert Pam Rambo, the piece was unveiled on the inaugural National Seashell Day on June 20, 2016.

Approximately 65 volunteers from the LCVCB and the local shelling community worked together to finalize Pam Rambo’s design. The Shell Love Bug features more than 20,000 seashells – all local to Southwest Florida beaches. More than 60 species are represented – from the ordinary scallop to the most coveted of them all, the Junonia.

FAQS about the Shell Love Bug

What kind of car is it? A 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.

Whose car is it? The car is owned by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

How long did it take to complete the project? Over a period of six weeks, more than 1,200 volunteer hours were recorded. (This is not counting all of the time it took to collect the shells!)

How are the shells affixed to the car? Amazing Goop: Marine. Over 100 tubes!

How much do the shells weigh? Approximately 200 lbs.

Were any of the shells purchased? Not one! They were all found and donated by Pam Rambo and members of the local shelling community.

See the shell love bug for yourself...


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