Did you know that rocky shorelines are among the most extreme environments on earth? Sometimes they are submerged under saltwater, and other times they are exposed to the hot sun and dry air. Campers in Sanibel Sea School’s Life Under a Rock Week spent the week exploring the amazing plants and animals that are able to thrive in this constantly changing zone.
We went “rock flipping” near the Causeway Islands, and uncovered chitons, algae, polychaete worms, crabs, and nudibranchs. We looked at some of these creatures under a microscope and wrote about them in our journals before releasing them back into the bay. We also went snorkeling, ran through a “Crash and Splash” obstacle course, and painted our very own pet rocks. “Campers were amazed by how much life exists among the rocks,” says Nicole Finnicum, “if you just stop and take a closer look, there is so much to see.”
As usual, participants surfed every day, made macramé bracelets and ocean art, and ended the week with a milk and cookies slideshow. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.