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Hatchling Week for little ones at the Sanibel Sea School

July 24, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A group of tiny campers, ages 4-6, recently attended Hatchling Week at the Sanibel Sea School.

The week was dedicated to learning about baby animals that begin life in an egg - like shorebirds, sea turtles and alligators. Participants had fun building nests, playing games and celebrating some of Sanibel's cutest creatures.

Hatchling campers played a matching game to identify different types of animal eggs, screeched like young alligators calling for their mamas during an exciting round of Hide and Seek Gator, and ran an egg and spoon relay race.

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Hatchling Week campers at the Sanibel Sea School practiced surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea turtle hatchlings must emerge from their nests and make a short but challenging journey to the sea, so campers played "Escape to the Sea" to find out what that must be like. They also made egg art, tested different ways to protect eggs from breaking, went snorkeling and looked at fish eggs under a microscope.

As usual, both weeks included plenty of time for surfing, macram tying, and hanging out with camp friends.

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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