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Sanibel Sea School hosts Save the Manatees Week

By Staff | Sep 21, 2021

Coconut manatee painted by Sanibel Sea School campers. SANIBEL SEA SCHOOL

The Sanibel Sea School held its last week of summer camp on Aug. 23-27 at its flagship campus on the east end of Sanibel. Campers learned about different threats that manatees face in the wild and what they can do to help.

Campers met virtually with biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Manatee Program. Through an interactive virtual session, they learned about the equipment and strategies that biologists use to rescue and rehabilitate injured manatees.

“Seeing the boat and truck that FWC uses was very exciting for campers,” Youth Education Director Shannon Stainken said. “It helped them visualize the skill and manpower that it takes to rescue a large animal safely.”

Campers also spent time searching for manatees from shore, snorkeling, and crafting using natural materials. They painted coconuts to look like manatees munching on seagrass.

Summer camp has come to an end but winter camp is just around the corner. For more information, visit https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/contact-us and request to be added to the camp mailing list.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.