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Sanibel Sea School campers visit Belize

By Staff | Aug 21, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Campers snorkeled on the Belize Barrier Reef.

A group of 23 teens recently joined the Sanibel Sea School for a 10-day expedition to Belize, where they spent a few nights in the rainforest before venturing by boat to South Water Caye. The experience is considered the capstone program for campers before they age out of the organization’s summer camp programs, and the focus is on coral reef ecology.

The group’s first stop was at the Blue Creek Field Station in southern Belize, where participants had a chance to learn about plants and insects from local experts. There were also opportunities for cave exploration, hiking and tasting local delicacies.

Next, they headed to a small island field station to snorkel and study coral reefs. Groups carried out field studies, and each individual produced a creative project during the week. Marine wildlife sightings included lettuce slugs, slipper lobsters, squids, cleaner shrimp, a Caribbean reef octopus, a spotted eagle ray and more.

“It was such an incredible adventure,” Kayleigh Hallett said.

Summer camps are scheduled for children ages 4-18.

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, visit sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.