Sanibel Sea School campers sunk bottles to attract their own barnacle settlements during Stuck On You, Barnacle Week. 

Sanibel Sea School campers sunk bottles to attract their own barnacle settlements during Stuck On You, Barnacle Week. 

Campers in Sanibel Sea School’s Stuck On You, Barnacle Week and Un-Cuddly Cuttlefish Week spent last week learning about some of the ocean’s most unusual creatures. 

We discovered that the glue produced by barnacles is much stronger than man-made glue. 

We discovered that the glue produced by barnacles is much stronger than man-made glue. 

Barnacle Week was all about the curious crustaceans we find glued to our docks, boats, and sometimes even other creatures. Participants snorkeled to find out where barnacles settle and grow, and sunk bottles to attract their own barnacle colonies. They compared the strength of the glue produced by barnacles to the strength of various man-made glues, and learned that barnacle glue is pretty amazing stuff – scientists are even studying it to figure out how humans can use it as an adhesive in the future. The week also included relay races, obstacle courses, and a game of barnacle musical chairs. 

Cuttlefish Week campers played a game of charades on the beach. 

Cuttlefish Week campers played a game of charades on the beach. 

The Un-Cuddly Cuttlefish Week was especially for 4 to 6 year olds, and provided plenty of opportunities for tiny ocean explorers to get comfortable in the water. Campers played beach games to learn about camouflage and mimicry, and were amazed by how smart these large-brained animals are. They can even communicate through visual messages! Participants also explored the shallows along Sanibel’s causeway islands, tie-dyed t-shirts, and made their own handprint cuttlefish. 

Sometimes our tiniest campers prefer to surf in pairs. 

Sometimes our tiniest campers prefer to surf in pairs. 

As usual, there was plenty of time each day for surfing, bracelet making, and 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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