Some Things To Learn About Shells in Panglao's Nova Shell Museum

A must-visit place in Panglao Island, Bohol is the Nova Shell Museum in Poblacion, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines. I had the chance to stop by this information-rich place on a recent trip to Bohol with some relatives. The shell museum is part of the package for most Panglao Island land tours.

Nova Shell Museum

Giant Clams

Interesting Facts

Poisonous Shells

One of the new things I learned during the visit to Nova Shell Museum is that cone-shaped shells or those that belong to the conidae family are poisonous. One should avoid getting stung by these shells.

Cone-shaped shells are poisonous
Conidae family
Posionous shells

Smallest Shells

One of the world's smallest shells, the Rotavula Hirohitui, is on display at Nova Shell Museum. It was so tiny that when the guide was talking about it, I mistook a bigger shell to be the one she was talking about. I had to use a magnifying glass to take a closer look. According to the museum guide, this species used to be abundant in Pamilacan and Balicasag islands and gathering them used to be a livelihood for residents of the islands as it can fetch up to USD 1,000 per specimen. Lately however, this kind of shell have become rare in those islands thanks to human invasion of their natural habitat.

One of the world's smallest shells

Fastest Swimming Shell

The nautilus is the fastest swimming shell and inspired the design of the world's first practical submarine also named the Nautilus and created by American inventor Robert Fulton between 1793 and 1797. It was first tested in the year 1800.

The inside of a nautilus

Scallops are Colorful

We are all used to seeing scallops with white shells. But these bivalves are actually more colorful than we thought. It can come in shades of orange, purple, pink, and yellow.

The true colors of scallops


The Nova Shell Museum is located at Bon Perfecto Street, Poblacion, Panglao, Bohol.

Contact Information

Mobile Number: 0910 717 9529
Facebook Page: Nova Shell Museum
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  1. I had always been fascinated by shells. And it is just so sad to note that most of them are fast disappearing due to human intervention. If only I had the means to put a stop on it, I would. :( The nautilus shell is one of the most precious shell and an indication of a high biodiversity. It is just sad to note that the nautilus shell is nearing its extinction. Hopefully, people will realize that the shells specially bivalves also act as natural filters to keep our oceans clean.

    1. It's sad how progress & development in the PI is twisted as it destroys ecosystems in favor of facilities for humans