Dolphins, pufferfish and epic paddles at Sanibel Sea School
The Sanibel Sea School’s third week of summer camp was all about dolphins at the organization’s Canterbury School campus, while younger campers learned about pufferfish during Pea-Sized Puffer Week on Sanibel. In addition, an all-female paddling camp – called Wahine Toa Week – challenged participants to test their limits both on and off the water.
Campers in Whistlin’ for Dolphins Week enjoyed the pod life, practicing echolocation and experimenting with underwater sounds and vibrations. Dolphins are top predators that eat about 5 percent of their body weight each day, so each group seined for fish to take a closer look at some of the charismatic marine mammals’ prey species. Monofin races and dolphin sculpting completed what was already a pretty fantastic week.
Pea-Sized Puffer Week was for pea-sized campers, and the 4-year-old to 6-year-olds were treated to so much fun in the sun. Campers tied on their personal flotation devices and headed out into the Gulf to drift like puffed-up puffers. They found a few puffers and burrfish in the seagrass, and had a chance to take a closer look. Participants also made a giant papier-mch puffer fish, played camouflage games and learned how puffers use their fused front teeth to pick up tasty bivalves and crustaceans.
Wahine Toa Week campers spent the week celebrating girl power by practicing their paddling and survival skills, camping on a remote island, and completing an epic paddle from the Sanibel Causeway to Fort Myers Beach. They also made their own sourdough bagels, enjoyed with a side of sunrise views on Friday morning.
As usual, both weeks included plenty of time for surfing, macram tying, and hanging out with camp 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.
The Sanibel Sea School is at 455 Periwinkle Way.