From June 6-10, the Sanibel Sea College held its first week of summer season camp on the flagship campus on the east finish of Sanibel. Titled “Armed with Brains — Octopus Week,” the camp centered on how octopuses got here to be so clever. Forty campers discovered about totally different types of animal intelligence, how scientists measure and examine the kinds, and dove into cephalopod anatomy with a squid dissection.
“At first, campers have been actually hesitant concerning the dissection. However, as soon as we began studying about how every a part of the physique works they have been fascinated and needed to do extra,” marine science educator Dana Donkle mentioned. “By the top of it, they have been so enthusiastic about anatomy. That transformation from nerves to surprise is among the finest elements of my job.”
Seine nets and dip nets have been used all week to probe for creatures. Snorkeling was top-notch as calm clear water allowed the campers to see the underside simply. They even adventured out after darkish for an evening snorkel to see if they might discover the elusive octopus. Sadly, an octopus was by no means sighted however many different thrilling mollusks have been found, comparable to sea hares and lightning whelks.
Counselors performed exams and trials on the seashore to study reminiscence and problem-solving. Workers even turned the Sanibel Sea College’s campus into an enormous maze in a single day. Coconuts have been an ideal check topic for instrument use — campers experimented with totally different methods to see which was handiest for coconut opening.
Campers scoured the seashore for coquinas and different small shells to create a mosaic octopus to take residence. And, after all, there was loads of browsing within the Gulf.
A part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Basis household, the Sanibel Sea College’s mission is to enhance the ocean’s future, one particular person at a time.