Dave DeLucia ’80 (CLAS) ’81 MA, ’83 6th Year has been collecting seashells since he was 12 years old. It all began with a trip to West Newton, Massachusetts, with his sisters to visit the well known shell dealer Mrs. Esther Hadley. While DeLucia’s sisters, who are identical twins, enjoyed the seashells, DeLucia was completely smitten. Originally retrieved from the depths of the ocean in countries like Japan and Portugal, the shells now reside in wooden cabinets and glass displays in his house where they are protected from the harsh rays of the sun. With a collection of 7,000 different kinds of shells, DeLucia started a shell selling eBay business where he holds weekly auctions of land, fresh, water, and marine shells.
By Valeria Diaz ’25 (CLAS)
Photos by Peter Morenus