Campers on their way to perform ocean carols along Sanibel's Canals.

Campers on their way to perform ocean carols along Sanibel's Canals.

Winter Camp participants at Sanibel Sea School were treated to two weeks of holiday fun and learning related to the deep, dark, cold ocean and its many unusual inhabitants.

An experiment to learn more about how underwater lakes are formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

An experiment to learn more about how underwater lakes are formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Campers discovered that there are salty underwater lakes in the Gulf of Mexico, examined the surprising relationship between anglerfish and bacteria, and considered how amazing it is that humans have been to the moon more often than we’ve been to the bottom of the sea. We also made deep ocean crafts, wrote and performed our own “ocean carols” at Bailey’s General Store, and surfed every day.

Sanibel Sea School campers and counselors give their worries to the sea. 

Sanibel Sea School campers and counselors give their worries to the sea. 

The two-week camp session ended with Sanibel Sea School’s annual New Year’s Day tradition – Give Your Troubles to the Sea. On January 1st, campers and staff write down their worries from the year before, burn them in a bonfire, then sprinkle the ashes in the sea, to be carried far away. “It’s the perfect way for everyone to feel like they’re getting a fresh start on the new year!” says counselor Maddie Hickey.


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