The World of Seashells Museum at Bel-Ombre Castle has more than 1,800 species of shells and more than 7,000 shells and the 1,800 species exposed .
Visitors can expect to be amazed and enchanted by this “World of Seashells” museum, which is located on the Château de Bel Ombre‘s first floor. Such an impressive collection of shells leaves no one indifferent, for most of us would hardly imagine the riches of this “world”.
The collection includes real marvels such as cones, cowries, terebra shells, volutes, conches and other remarkable varieties from the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, Senegal, India and the Maldives. There are other seashells coming from our own shores and from Hawaii, California, Colombia, Mexico, Australia, the Red Sea and New-Caledonia.
According to the owner of this collection, Eric Lecourt, the greatest diversity of shells can be found in the Philippines, in Egypt and in Madagascar. Interestingly, this seashell aficionado has discovered a new species in St-Brandon, which is now known as the “Lecourtorum”!
Through this collaboration with Eric Lecourt, the museum aims at sharing the shell collector’s passion for such sea treasures and introducing guests to a little-known world. It is also a way to raise public awareness on beach and lagoon conservation, both in Mauritius and worldwide. Actually, because of intensive fishing, excessive harvesting and marine activities destroying their natural habitat, there are fewer and fewer shells on our beaches and in our seas.
“If you pick up a shell and bring it to your ear, you will hear the sea. If you bring it to your chest, it will listen to your heart.” – Philippe Geluck
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