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Remora Week at 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 plenty of beach exploration, 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.