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Submarine snails, fishing at Sanibel Sea School camp
July 10, 2018

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Campers at the Sanibel Sea School recently spent a week learning about lettered olives and other super submarine snails. The organization also hosted a fishing camp for teens, offering older attendees a chance to learn waterman skills that can be enjoyed year-round.

Submarine Snail Week was all about tiny gastropods that spend their days burrowing in the wet sand. Lettered olives can be found buried in shallow areas just beneath the low tide line, poking their siphons out to sniff for tasty clams. Campers built their own snail trails, snorkeled in the subtidal zone and observed live lettered olives feeding in school's aquarium. They also designed submarines, wrote and shared stories about lettered olives, and created a float for the Sanibel 4th of July parade.

"We were very inspired by the week's theme, so we made our float look like a submarine and named it the U.S.S. Gastropod," counselor Emma Neill said.

Fishing Week participants practiced useful skills like knot tying, fly crafting and net weaving. They also learned how to use cast nets and seine nets, along with more traditional fishing rods, and fished in a variety of different habitats. During a much needed break from the sun, group leader Emmett Horvath taught campers how to create tie-dye in a fish-scale pattern.

As usual, both weeks included plenty of time for surfing, macram tying, and hanging out with camp friends.

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. For more information about the organization, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

The Sanibel Sea School is at 455 Periwinkle Way.

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