Sea School Hosts Save the Manatees Week at Summer Camp

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Coconut manatee painted by Sx3 campers. Photo provided

Sanibel Sea School held its last week of summer camp Aug. 23-27 at the flagship campus on the east end of the island. Campers learned about different threats that manatees face in the wild and what they can do to help.

Campers met virtually with biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Manatee Program. Through an interactive virtual session, campers learned about the equipment and strategies that biologists use to rescue and rehabilitate injured manatees.

“Seeing the boat and truck that FWC uses was very exciting for campers. It helped them visualize the skill and manpower that it takes to rescue a large animal safely,” said Youth Education Director Shannon Stainken.

Campers also spent time searching for manatees from shore, snorkeling, and crafting using natural materials. They painted coconuts to look like manatees munching on seagrass.

Summer Camp 2021 has come to an end but Winter Camp is just around the corner. If you would like information about future camps, visit to request to be added to the holiday camp mailing list.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.

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