Sanibel Sea School campers pretend to be cleaner shrimp at Buttonwood Beach. 

Sanibel Sea School campers pretend to be cleaner shrimp at Buttonwood Beach. 

Sanibel Sea School’s first week of summer camp 2015 was all about shrimp, and campers used all five of their senses to learn about these charming crustaceans. We caught shrimp in our seine nets and held them gently in our hands, we ventured out on a night snorkel to observe them in Sanibel’s seagrass beds, and we listened to them make snappy underwater music. The Lazy Flamingo helped us cover taste and smell with a Friday afternoon shrimp cookout, which gave many campers a chance to taste the Southwest Florida delicacy for the first time ever.

Camper Katherine Schwartzel listens to Ralph Woodring's shrimp boat stories. 

Camper Katherine Schwartzel listens to Ralph Woodring's shrimp boat stories. 

We also took a field trip to Sanibel legend Ralph Woodring’s house to learn about shrimp boats and pretended to be cleaner shrimp during a spirited game that involved covering ourselves in many pounds of sticky rice. It’s not every day that you have opportunities like that! As usual, we surfed after lunch, made lots of ocean-inspired art, and enjoyed a milk and cookies slideshow at the end of the week. A big thank you to our community supporters who helped us pull off a fabulous start to our summer.

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