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See larger Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli inspects a dead anhinga Sunday morning during a shelling trip on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli inspects a dead anhinga Sunday morning during a shelling trip on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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  • A Florida fighting conch found by Norb Norkus, lives up to its name, attempting to take on all comers during a shelling trip Sunday morning on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Volunteer guide Marge Tunnell shows participants examples of stone crabs and blue crabs Sunday morning during a shelling trip on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Sunday morning, volunteer guide Marge Tunnell displays a specimen of worm rock during a shelling expedition on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Sunday morning, volunteer guide Marge Tunnell displays a specimen of worm rock during a shelling expedition on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli inspects a dead anhinga Sunday morning during a shelling trip on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli explains how creatures including octopi hide inside pen shells Sunday morning on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • New Zealand native Fay Brett searches for seashells Sunday morning on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Volunteer guide Marge Tunnell, center, reaches for a specimen during a shelling expedition on Marco Island's South Beach Sunday morning. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli explains how creatures including octopi hide inside pen shells Sunday morning on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rookery Bay volunteer guide Paulette Carabelli, left, inspects a five-pointed sea star found by Sue Petryk, right, Sunday morning during a shelling trip on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rookery Bay volunteer guide Steve Mutart zeroes in on a red shouldered hawk with his spot ting scope at Eagle Lakes Park on Sunday morning. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • A Florida fighting conch found by Norb Norkus, lives up to its name, attempting to take on all comers during a shelling trip Sunday morning on Marco Island's South Beach. All over Southwest Florida, people got close to the natural world over the weekend in the 10th annual Rookery Bay Nature Festival. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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