Big Shell Counting Day 2020 | Flanders Marine Institute

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Big Shell Counting Day 2020

The Big Shell Counting Day is back! The third edition raises some new questions and challenges. We learned a lot from the 80,000 shells counted and identified by 1200 participants in the previous two editions. With your help, we were able to identify the most numerous species from the more than 50 shell species that you can encounter along our coast. But there's more. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the organizers - the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the environmental organisation Natuurpunt, the popular scientific magazine EOS, the heritage institute Kusterfgoed, the province of West Flanders, the Belgian Beach Workgroup, and all coastal municipalities - are aiming for good weather and a large turnout. And on new knowledge. This time, for example, we want to use this citizen science initiative to investigate the relationship between left and right shell halves. Local currents might influence the ratio of left and right shells washed ashore... Let's test this hypothesis! Therefore we need a lot of eyes and hands. The collected shells are simply returned to the beach at the end of the day. Go to the Dutch webpage for more information.