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Sanibel Sea School Summer Camp – Ages 6-13
We’re Over the Moon for Jellies Week
Have you ever seen a sizeable round jelly with short stubby tentacles and a slightly pink clover pattern on the bell? Then chances are you’ve encountered a moon jelly! These gently pulsing zooplankton are so named for their translucent moon-like bell, and they have perhaps one of the prettiest scientific names around: Aurelia. Going through many phases of their own, jellies have a pretty extraordinary life cycle and what we see booping through the water is actually the end! Join us to learn about the phases of moon jellies and how they move through the water. Contrary to popular belief, jellies are one of the ocean’s most efficient swimmers! We’ll conduct plankton tows to catch a glimpse at other life stages of jellies under a microscope and experiment with buoyancy to find out how to best suspend ourselves in the water column. The games we play this week will be out of this world! We love summer camp to the moon jellies and back. See you soon!