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Shark dissections and more at the Sanibel Sea School
July 10, 2019

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Campers in the Sanibel Sea School's Mega Megalodon Week enjoyed fun and learning related to one of the ocean's most storied extinct creatures. These sharks could reach 80 feet in length, and with more than 250 six-inch long teeth, they roamed the seas as apex predators. There is evidence that they fed on dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and even large whales.

Participants played extinction tag and created their own models of extinct marine species out of papier-mch. They also had a chance to compare their own hands to a real fossilized megalodon tooth. Each group dissected a spiny dogfish to better understand shark anatomy and physiology, and campers described the experience as "stinky but very fun."

As usual, there was also plenty of surfboard paddling, macram tying, and time spent friends.

Summer camps are scheduled for children ages 4-18, and scholarships are available.

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, visit sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.

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