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Campers attend Remora Week at Sanibel Sea School

August 14, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Remora Week at the Sanibel Sea School was a celebration of one very strange fish. Remoras, also known as sucker fish, have a modified fin on the top of their head that acts as a suction cup. They use this apparatus to stick to larger fish, often sharks. They gain a free ride, feed on meal scraps from their host, and clean the larger fish as they ride along - it's mutually beneficial!

To better understand the remora's lifestyle, we played partner games where both participants benefited from teamwork. We pinned the remora on the shark, and crafted our own plaster of paris remoras. We also snorkeled, seined, and hopped on our surfboards like remoras hop on their hosts.

As usual, there was also plenty of surfboard paddling, macram tying, and time spent friends.

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Campers enjoyed hanging out in the Gulf of Mexico during the Sanibel Sea School's Remora Week.

Summer camps are scheduled for children ages 4-18, and scholarships are available.

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, visit sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.

 
 

 

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