Junonia found on Captiva
Alexandra Spoto, 11, and Jack Spoto, 8, of Fort Lauderdale, found a junonia shell during a family walk on May 19 at about 6:30 p.m. near the Mucky Duck on Captiva. Parents Thomas and Angelique Spoto explained that it was their first time vacationing on the island; the family had wanted to do something special for Alexandra to celebrate her birthday since she was turning 11 during the lockdown. The children found the shell on the family’s second to last night on Captiva – five days after Alexandra’s birthday. Their father pointed out the shell, and the children jumped on it and started screaming with delight. Angelique Spoto reported that the family could not believe it, that the junonia was right there! She added that it was very very exciting and they think it is a birthday gift from the ocean! Alexandra is a regular beach sweeper and plogger, and her mission is to help raise awareness on clean oceans. The family loves shelling and mostly sticks to Eula State Park in Dania Beach. They noted that they have never seen as many shells as they did on the island, and certainly did not expect to find a junonia!