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Sanibel Sea School’s first week of summer camp a success

By Staff | Jun 13, 2018

SANIBEL SEA SCHOOL Campers from the Sanibel Sea School participate in a crab-themed relay race during the first week of summer camp, called “Mangrove Tree Crab Week,” at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa location.

The Sanibel Sea School kicked off the summer camp season on June 4 with “Hammerhead Week” at the organization’s Sanibel flagship campus, and “Mangrove Tree Crab Week” at its Sundial Beach Resort and Spa location.

Staff reported that both programs were a success, and the campers enjoyed five days of ocean-based activities and adventures.

Hammerhead Week participants learned all about the sharks with crazy-shaped heads, building periscopes to better understand hammerheads’ vision, canoeing in prime shark habitat and making their own mass migrations. They also had a chance to dissect a dogfish – the hammerhead’s smaller relative.

“The campers are always amazed by how a shark’s skin feels, what the gills and internal organs look like, and the similarities and differences between chondrichthians and humans,” camp counselor Sam Lucas said.

Mangrove Tree Crab Week was all about tiny, omnivorous tree climbers. Campers played a game to practice their mangrove species identification, scurried like mangrove crabs in a beach ball relay race, played crab soccer and kickball, and snorkeled among the mangroves to take a closer look at the creature of the week.

As usual, both weeks also included surfboard paddling, making ocean art and spending time with friends.

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information about the organization, visit sanibelseaschool.org.