Jonathon?s shell showdown

JONATHON Mason thinks collecting shells is better than playing video games at home.

The 14-year-old Yeppoon boy will be competing against his grandmother Jean Offord, 65, at the 38th annual Shell Show at Yeppoon this weekend.

Jonathon is a fourth generation shell collector.

He has been a junior member of the Keppel Bay Shell Club since the age of four, and joins his family for regular shell collecting outings along Capricorn Coast's beaches.

"I like competing against my grandmother,'' he said.

"It's better than playing the X-box or PlayStation at home.

"My favourite shell is the cowrie because it's got a high natural polish.''

His grandmother, Ms Offord, is also the secretary of the Keppel Coast Shell Club and is a lifelong beachcomber.

"I've collected shells at St Andrews, in Ireland, throughout the British Isles, Norfolk Island, Hong Kong, New Zealand and China,'' she said.

"I found my first shell at Great Keppel Island in 1950.''

Ms Offord said shell enthusiasts from across Australia had descended on the Capricorn Coast to show off their collection.

"At the show this weekend there will be shells from around the world on display,'' she said.

"There will be about 188 exhibits.''

The Shell Show will be held at the Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby Street, Yeppoon, from 9.30am today and from 9am tomorrow.



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