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Sanibel Sea School Campers Celebrate Frigatebirds

provided by Sanibel Sea School

Frigatebirds – the pirates of the sky – were the theme of summer camp at Sanibel Sea School’s Flagship Campus last week. Participants learned that Frigatebirds are an unusual type of seabird that dislikes getting wet.

Instead of diving for their food, they steal meals from other birds in flight, so we played pirate attack tag to illustrate that behavior. We also used stencils and chalk to find out just how big these birds are (they can have a wingspan of up to 8 feet), went on a treasure hunt, and made our own pirate costumes.

On the other hand, campers at Canterbury School in Fort Myers celebrated creatures that thrive underwater. Sharks and Fishes Week offered a look at the differences between bony and cartilaginous fishes, and activities included a fish dissection, sharks and minnows tag, and a build-your-own-fish challenge.

An all-female group completed a variety of epic paddling and survival challenges during Wahine Toa Week. After a camping excursion to Picnic Island in San Carlos Bay, they made their way to Fort Myers Beach via stand-up paddleboard for a final celebratory lunch at Doc Ford’s.

As usual, there was also plenty of surfboard paddling, macramé tying, and time spent with camp friends. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Summer camps are scheduled for children ages 4-18, and scholarships are available. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

Photo Caption: Frigatebird Week campers discovered a pirate during their treasure hunt.

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