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by José H. Leal,
1855, is a boring
clam that spends its life lodged into
the structure of empty shells or corals.
The elegant shell of this species is very
fragile and will not be found outside
of its host structure. A young Winged
Chimney Clam will settle onto a shell
(or coral) and begin the boring process
right away. Boring is done chemically,
not mechanically. As its close relative,
the Stimpson Chimney Clam, does,
when its size eventually surpasses the
thickness of the host shell, completely
piercing it from side to side, the Winged
Chimney Clam is capable of building
a “dwelling” of mucus and sand and
broken shell particles for its protection.
Learn more about local mollusks
Shell Museum Events
See truly giant shells. Watch a live
Tank Talk. Take a daily beach walk.
Check out our family programs. We
are the only natural history museum
in North America devoted entirely to
shells. Drop by and let us inform and
inspire you. Visit www.shellmuseum.org
or call 395-2233.
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell
Museum is located at 3075 Sanibel-
Captiva Road. Call 395-2233 or visit
The Winged Chimney Clam, Gastrochaena difficilis, from Sanibel
photo by José H. Leal
ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 12, 2018
“under oars” are in-
creasingly popular in
the Sunshine State.
tions are constantly
changing and under
there are a few rules
worth memorizing right away.
First and foremost, all paddle craft
must carry a United States Coast
Guard-approved personal flotation device
(PFD). Children under the age of 6 are
required to wear a proper PFD at all
times. In addition, all paddlers must have a
sound-producing device, such as a whistle.
I find that this is easiest to remember by
attaching it to my PFD.
When sharing space, the vessel with the
least maneuverability has the right of way.
Often, this means a paddle craft, but it can
also apply to very large boats that take a
long time and distance to turn. Remember,
tiny paddle craft may not be seen, and
sometimes they are ignored. My advice
would be to always take your own safety
into account by giving way to bigger boats.
Pay special attention when crossing boat
channels and main waterways.
Also, if you decide to paddle between
sunset and sunrise (after dark), you must
carry a white light-producing device that is
powerful enough to be seen by boaters.
Due to the proliferation of paddling
in Florida, further regulations may be
added in the future. To stay abreast of
this information, there are two websites
to check regularly. For state regulations,
visit the boating regulations information
page from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission at www.
information on federal boating guidelines,
visit www.navcen .uscg.gov.
No one likes rules, but there are good
reasons to have them and follow them
on the water. It only takes a few minutes
to learn the regulations that will help
you enjoy many days of safe and happy
Walter Cheatham is an experienced
paddler and ACA-Certified Paddling
Instructor. Ocean Tribe Paddlers
helps the Southwest Florida paddling
community better explore, enjoy and
understand the ocean. Visit www.
oceantribepaddlers.org or follow on
Facebook to learn more.
Cone Snails, Tennis Rackets, Pain
Medications, and the Sanibel
Shell Show is the title of Dr. Tom
Annesley’s presentation at the Sunday,
January 21 meeting of the Sanibel-Captiva
Shell Club. His presentation will focus
on scientific discoveries involving cone
snails and their toxins. But as with many
advances in science, there are elements
of luck, happenstance, intrigue, mistakes,
and creating lemonade out of lemons that
contribute to the story. Dr. Annesley will
show us how the supposedly unrelated top-
ics of tennis, pain medications, and even
the Sanibel Shell Show fit into the story of
The meeting will be held in the
auditorium on the main level of the
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. It
begins at 2 p.m . and is open to the public
free of charge. Refreshments will be served
and door prizes will be given.
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