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Club to host new moon paddle

By Staff | Nov 22, 2019

The Ocean Tribe Paddling Club hosts excursions for paddling enthusiasts to enjoy a group paddle, share tips and ideas, and meet new friends to paddle with.

The next one will be held on Nov. 26 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

It will be a new moon paddle on the San Carlos Bay and east end canals. The dark night sky may give a glance at our “living lights.” Bioluminescence is caused by dinoflagellates, single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but their high concentrations in the warm Sanibel water can create beautiful greenish-white trails of light caused by a swimming fish or stroke of a paddle.

Those interested in taking part can bring their own paddling craft or reserve one of the limited number of loaner vessels in advance. To reserve a vessel, email oceantribepaddlers@sanibelseaschool.org.

The first event is free, then it is requested that a club membership be purchased.

Meet at 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Boat Ramp, at 888 Sextant Drive, Sanibel.

Any weather related updates or schedule changes will be posted on the Ocean Tribe Outfitters Facebook page at least one hour prior to the event. The inclement weather location will be Bowman’s Beach.

Ocean Tribe Outfitters is a branch of Sanibel Sea School that helps the local paddling community better explore, enjoy, and understand the ocean. For more information, visit oceantribeoutfitters.org or follow on Facebook or Instagram.