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Sanibel Sea School campers celebrate nudibranchs, plovers

June 20, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Campers at the Sanibel Sea School spent the second week of summer camp learning about nudibranchs and plovers - two exciting, marine science topics.

"Nudibranch Week" at the organization's flagship campus was all about the tiny, vibrantly colored marine gastropods, and "Baby Plover Week" at Canterbury School offered a chance for younger campers to celebrate some of Sanibel's most adorable birds.

Nudibranchs absorb their colors and defensive toxins from their food, so for "Nudibranch Week" campers painted their faces with the colors of their favorite snacks, then tie-dyed T-shirts to express their own vibrant personalities. Nudibranch tag and searching for sea slugs in the intertidal zone were also some of participants' favorite activities.

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For “Nudibranch Week,” Sanibel Sea School campers listened to counselor Johnny Rader talk about the brightly colored marine gastropods.

Plovers are tiny birds with elaborate mating rituals that nest on Sanibel's beaches. During "Baby Plover Week," children ages 4-6 did their best baby bird impressions, practicing beach camouflage and protecting their nests. They also tried using binoculars and made some beautiful plover art.

As usual, both weeks included plenty of time for surfing, macram tying, and hanging out with camp friends. Sanibel Sea School also hosted a "Have Paddleboard, Will Survive Week," its paddling and survival camp for teens.

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. For more information about the organization, visit

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The Sanibel Sea School is at 455 Periwinkle Way.



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