Campers used dip nets to search for swimming crabs at Bunche Beach. 

Campers used dip nets to search for swimming crabs at Bunche Beach. 

Rainy weather didn’t stop Sanibel Sea School campers from enjoying the ocean last week. The organization hosted Massive Manatee Week at its flagship campus on Sanibel’s east end, and Watch Me Swim, Crab Week at its Sundial Resort and Spa campus. 

Stormy weather provided some great surfing opportunities. 

Stormy weather provided some great surfing opportunities. 

Manatee Week participants braved the rain to learn all about these charming marine mammals. They painted their own “No Wake” signs to remind boaters to watch out for the slow-moving creatures, paddled canoes through manatee habitat, and played a game about buoyancy. Campers also made environmentally friendly soap to help reduce the amount of pollutants in our local waterways. 

Manatee Week participants canoed in search of the slow-moving marine mammals. 

Manatee Week participants canoed in search of the slow-moving marine mammals. 

At Sundial, swimming crabs were the topic of the week, and campers visited prime crab habitat to search for blue crabs, pass crabs, lady crabs, and speckled crabs. At Bunche Beach, they caught swimming crabs in their dip nets, and watched them use their swimmerets to move through the water. Back at Sundial, participants tried to swim like crabs and practiced molting during two very funny relay races. On a particularly stormy afternoon, they stayed inside to craft their own crabs using Plaster of Paris. 

Snorkeling is a favorite activity at Sanibel Sea School. 

Snorkeling is a favorite activity at Sanibel Sea School. 

As usual, campers also surfed, tied macramé bracelets, and made lots of new friends. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

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