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Category Archives: General Marine Info

That sounds fishy

Have you ever wondered how a fish gets its name? For some fish it’s easy to tell from their appearance or behavior- check out the horse-faced loach, the flying fish, or the spotted sweetlips. However, the namesakes of some fish … Continue reading

Jump for joy! …or to take a breath of air

            Today, while watching a seemingly endless school of mullet swim past, one swam to the surface and jumped right out of the water. Once back under the surface, it fell in line with the … Continue reading

Have there always been coconuts on Sanibel?

If you are ever stranded on a deserted island, know this: the coconut palm can provide basically everything that is necessary for life. These trees are so helpful they put Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree to shame. According to the internet, … Continue reading

Give thanks to the big blue!

Often times it seems like the world and our lives are in turmoil, but this is the time of year to think about all the things we have going for us–all those steady support systems that keep us going. If you are looking for something to be thankful for this holiday season, look to the ocean. Continue reading

A triumph for menhaden is a triumph for the ocean!

You have probably never seen it on a menu, but this little fish has been dubbed “the most important fish in the sea,” and lately has been causing quite a stir. Over 90,000 letters and public comments regarding the menhaden fishery were presented to the ASMFC in anticipation of their meeting earlier this week.
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A primer on red tide

Sanibel and Captiva have recently experienced the first red tide event in several years. Red tide affects all of us in this region in many ways, and the effects of red tide can be very severe. Fortunately the majority of … Continue reading

Reach deep for a haunted Halloween

This is the time of year to celebrate all things weird and grotesque, shadowy and mysterious. And what better place to look than in the vast, unexplored and obscure depths of the ocean? Read on… the ocean may inspire your Halloween festivities. Continue reading

Cold seeps: the perfect place to leave your eggs

Beyond the reaches of the sun’s rays at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico you can find some uncommon communities. These, unlike most on the planet, do not rely on sunlight to set the food web in motion. Rather … Continue reading

A “striking” beach curiosity

If you’ve spent any time on Sanibel Island, especially in the summer, chances are you’ve watched one of those colossal thunderstorms roll in: the sky becomes menacing, the color of a bruise, and BAAAAROOOMM – thunder and lightning are everywhere. … Continue reading

Unintended consequences

We were pleasantly surprised by the consequences of one of our recent actions, a study of ocean currents around Sanibel. Our group of ocean-curious campers, painted 30 coconuts bright pink and orange and tossed them overboard into the Gulf of Mexico, unsure if we would ever hear or see from them again. Continue reading

What is that bean on the beach?

As summer comes to a close on Sanibel Island, our beaches become littered with what look like exploding green lima beans in the wrack line. These are in fact the seeds of the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), a hardy, salt-tolerant … Continue reading

A radical, radial week

Last week was a radical, radial experience for campers at Sanibel Sea School. It was Sea Star Week and we explored the group of animals that belong to the phylum Echinodermata – the spiny-skinned animals. Common members of this group … Continue reading

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