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Ocean Observations | Sanibel Sea School Blog

Category Archives: Ocean Observations

Hands-on learning is one of our core values at Sanibel Sea School. During class time, we have kids seining for fish, discovering new creatures, and exploring every nook and cranny of our marine ecosystem. Here, we highlight interesting and fascinating discoveries during our day-to-day classes. We hope you learn something too!

Prepping Plumes for Spring!

Spring is in the air! As we experience warmer temperatures here in sunny Southwest Florida, we are also rapidly approaching breeding season for many animals in our region. If any of you are bird-nerds like me, you may have noticed … Continue reading

Sold! Hermit Crab snags new Real Estate on Captiva Island.

Here on Sanibel and Captiva we commonly see three species of hermit crabs: the green-striped hermit crab (Clibanarius vittatus), the tricolor hermit crab (Clibanarius tricolor), and the giant red hermit crab (Petrochirus diogenes).¬†These crazy critters are easily recognized and¬†observed crawling … Continue reading

What’s up with those Whelks?

If you’ve ever visited Sanibel, it is almost certain that you have been dazzled with the beauty of one of our common mollusk species – the Lightning Whelk (Busycon contrarium). This gastropod is a sea snail with a beautiful pattern … Continue reading

Double Creature Feature!

We often scan the water’s edge in hopes of finding a new creature or just to marvel at the treasures the ocean has to offer. You never know what you will stumble upon whether you are shelling, snorkeling, or even … Continue reading

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