More than 1,000 people dressed in white and blue shirts and caps of that colour gathered at Fort Myers Beach, one of the best beaches in the United States, to form the figure of a seashell and obtain a Guinness record for Florida.
The participants, 1,093 in total, gathered on the shore of the beach, behind the Outrigger Beach Resort, to form a huge seashell, breaking the world record for the largest human image of that type of figure, informed the organizers of the event.
“We did it! The event was spectacular and encouraged members of our community to come together to tell our story of seashells in a fun and engaging way, “said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Convention and Convention Bureau.
Pigott noted that the partnership with “Guinness reinforces global attention on the seashells of our destination, which remains a great attraction for visitors.”
A representative of Guinness World Records was in place to confirm the world record.
The previous record was established by Shell Oil Co. and was achieved in October 2017 with 855 people.
The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, on the southwest coast of Florida, are famous for being largely undeveloped places and their commitment to preserving the environment due to the abundance of shell species found in these areas.
The only museum in the United States devoted entirely to seashells can be found on Sanibel Island, which displays thousands of rare specimens native to southwestern Florida.
The shells have long attracted artists, writers and innovators to Lee County, inspiring visitors to connect with nature.
In the area, the National Sea Shells Day was celebrated for the third consecutive year on June 21 and coincided with the first day of summer in the United States.
In social networks, people keep celebrating that day with the hashtags #NationalSeashellDay, #FtMyersSanibel and #OfficiallyAmazing.
Source: El Nuevo Herald