Every year, I am lucky enough to visit Sanibel Island, Florida, where my family has been vacationing since I was a child. It's funny, as a part of my Biomimicry Professional program, I get to travel to distant lands to learn about their flora and fauna, but many times animal life is hard to find. But when I come to Sanibel Island, within ten minutes of arriving at the natural beach, I've seen five pelicans swarm within 10' of a dolphin, studied lizards and spiders, and collected more amazing artifacts that wash up on the beach. I'm going to start advocating that the BPro coursework take a trip to Sanibel to study the natural beaches and the amazing Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge!
Some of the many amazing forms of life I saw on one trip to the beach:
- pink sea vegetables which freaked out my daughter
- some squishy blob that looked like a spineless sea urchin
- another conch breeding placenta
- dolphins looking for food and completely unfazed by humans
- pelicans swallowing their prey and water seeping out of their pouches
- lizards colored to match the twigs and brown debris at the bottom of the floor
- mangrove trees trapping sediment and living in water
- rainbow colored fish scales
- spiders at the center of the web doing housecleaning by removing leaves from their web
So many exciting forms of life to explore and discover!