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Sanibel Sea School Summer Camp – Ages 6-13

August 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - August 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Large and in Charge – Horse Conch Week

The Florida Horse Conch’s Latin name is Triplofusus giganteus for a good reason – these snails are gigantic! They can grow up to 2 feet long, making them the largest snail in the Gulf of Mexico and the second-largest snail in the world! This brown and white shell has whimsical whorls and knobs that spiral around its shoulders. But don’t let their beauty fool you; these orange-footed gastropods are voracious predators, capturing and mercilessly smothering prey like Lightning Whelks and Tulip snails. This week we’ll play predator-prey games, snorkel Sanibel in search of Horse Conchs gliding along the sand, and take a closer look at their egg casings under a microscope. We’ll compare juvenile shells to adults and learn about the gastropod lifecycle. Will we be lucky enough to find an empty shell to take home? Join us to find out!

Sanibel Sea School camper in googles with horse conch


Bailey Homestead Preserve
1300 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957 United States
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