Sanibel Sea School’s Executive Director, Dr. Bruce Neill, led a beach walk for members of the Captiva Yacht Club in mid-April. The event has become a post-Easter tradition, and has been organized for the past four years.
“We take a walk along the beach and discuss any interesting objects or creatures we find,” said Neill. “This year, we talked about seasonal changes in the ocean and fish migration, which felt appropriate for spring,” he added. Participants were also invited to use a seine net, and children were able to gently hold a pufferfish before releasing it back into the sea.
“Many of our Yacht Club families have come to Sanibel Sea School for years, and I enjoy watching the kids learn and grow, and be able to identify creatures. Many are summer campers, so it’s a nice opportunity to touch in with them mid-year,” said Neill. He also explained the value of building partnerships between different organizations in the community, and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to explore the ocean with club members each year.
Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.