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Sanibel Sea School offers What-You-Should-Know Wednesdays for grownups

By Staff | Mar 24, 2009

For five spring Wednesday afternoons beginning on April 8, Sanibel Sea School is offering a long-awaited course of ocean education for adults to be taught by Sanibel Sea School Executive Director Dr. Bruce Neill.

Given that the summer programs for kids have been very popular, this is the first time the Sea School has offered an adult curriculum and it promises to be a great class.

Wednesday, April 8 will kick off with the many things you can’t believe you didn’t know about the Gulf of Mexico. Oh yes, you may walk the sandy shore every day and be a learned soul, but there is still plenty of education to be had about the mighty pan of water!

The Wednesday after that, on April 15, we’ll be talking about barrier islands. Then on April 22, we’ll learn about the fishes of Southwest Florida. Wouldn’t you enjoy modestly indicating that you have a newly-acquired basic understanding of ichthyology on this barrier island at the next cocktail party?

The following Wednesday (April 29) will be tides and currents. And lastly, on May 6, we’ll delve into the mighty mangrove, foundation of our marine ecosystem here in Southwest Florida.

There is no presumption that you will get wet but imagine buckets, nets, snorkeling gear and all kinds of gadgets that measure oxygen, salinity, temperature, clarity, plankton and the ever so technical, Doc-Bruce-smell-test for bones on the beach! You might be so overcome with a latent marine biology urge that you zip into the water and snorkel around with abandon. If this seems unlikely, not to worry, Doc Bruce is perfectly adept at getting wet so you don’t have to.

What-You-Should-Know Wednesdays will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call the Sanibel Sea School at 472-8585 for information or reservations. To find out more about Sanibel Sea School in general, visit their Web site at www.sanibelseaschool.org. Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization.