PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Shell collectors from all over the world came to the panhandle this weekend to show off their shells.
The Gulf Coast Shell Club kicked off their 21st annual show at the city's senior center.
A number of vendors were on hand to share their collections and educate people on the different shells available in our area and around the world.
Judges ranked their favorites in both scientific and artistic categories.
Shells ranged in cost from just a few pennies to more than $1000 dollars.
Members of the shell club say picking up shell collecting as a hobby has been a blast.
"This hobby has opened a lot of doors to a lot of different worlds I knew nothing about, but I've met wonderful people, gone to places I never would've visited. It's just an amazing phase of my life," said Gulf Coast Shell Club Member, Linda Brunner
The Gulf Coast Shell Club also sells a book titled "Seashells of the Florida Panhandle". Proceeds from book sales go toward scholarships for students enrolled in Gulf Coasts "Sea Grass" program.
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