Campers created a sand dollar-inspired mandala on the beach.

Campers created a sand dollar-inspired mandala on the beach.

Campers who attended Sanibel Sea School’s Cruising for Sand Dollars Week didn’t allow a few raindrops to put a damper on their fun. We snorkeled along the sandbar in search of live sand dollars, then headed over to the bay to look for these echinoderms’ close relatives – sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. We also had a chance to hold tiny fish and seahorses before releasing them back into the seagrass bed.

Rainy weather didn't prevent us from searching for creatures in the bay. 

Rainy weather didn't prevent us from searching for creatures in the bay. 

Participants burrowed in the sand like sand dollars, found fabulous shells washed ashore by the recent storms, and created sand dollar-inspired art in the form of a sand mandala and a giant illustration of the organism’s life cycle. As usual, we surfed every day, made macramé bracelets, and held our traditional Milk and Cookies Slideshow at the end of the week. Counselors and campers agree that the summer camp season is off to a great start.

We found this tiny seahorse in our seine net, then released it back into the seagrass.

We found this tiny seahorse in our seine net, then released it back into the seagrass.

Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org. 

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