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Dolphin Day #4

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Courtesy of USA Today, we’re continuing the list of surprising similarities between humans and dolphins.  Did you know:

12. We are self-aware.

Researchers discovered that dolphins become self-aware at an earlier age than humans and chimpanzees. Investigators studied two young dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and watched how the mammals interacted with their images in a mirror.  » Read more

Dolphin Day #3

Photo by Debra McGuire


More delightful dolphin facts, courtesy of USA Today.  Did you know:

8. Our genomes are virtually the same.

Veterinarians at Texas A&M University compared the chromosome makeup of humans and dolphins and found that we are surprisingly alike. David Busbee, a veterinarian from Texas A&M, said the genomes of humans and dolphins were virtually the same.  » Read more

Dolphin Day #2

Photo by Vincent LeColley


Courtesy of USA Today, we’re continuing the list of surprising similarities between humans and dolphins.  Did you know:

4. Some live in small groups.

The size of the pod varies, but most groups are between two and 30 members. In areas where there is plenty of food,  » Read more

Dolphin Day #1

Photo by Andrea Izzotti


Forget about Shark Week!  We’d rather highlight a delightful creature closer to home.  So many of our guests fall in love with our bottlenose dolphin, and it’s easy to understand why.

USA Today recently published an article, based on sources such as, detailing surprising similarities between humans and dolphins » Read more

Debunking Misconceptions


With the popularity of Shark Week, we think it’s worthwhile reminding everyone to keep a level head as to how dangerous sharks really are.

According to Tyler Bowling, the manager of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida, “The last calculated odds (of being attacked by a shark) are 11 or 12 million to 1,” Bowling said.  » Read more

Bag It!


It’s almost here!

The annual Noah’s Ark Bag Day event is coming up Friday, August 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Customers may buy marked bags in the parking lot for $4 each, fill them with store goods and walk away with as many items as the bags will carry!  Customers are free to purchase as many $4 bags as they wish for the Bag Day sale.  » Read more

Audubon’s Finest

Photo by Pamela Underhill Karaz


Thanks so much to longtime guest Laura G. from Nyon, Switzerland, for letting us know that the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards were recently announced.  She knows how many of our guests love bird photography!

This year, thousands of photographers from across the United States and Canada submitted more than 8,000 images to the 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards.  » Read more

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Photo of the super ghost orchid from the National Audubon Society.  


Article by Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press: 

The heart of the swamp hearkens back to ancient Florida, to a wild, subtropical peninsula that early explorers said wasn’t fit for man or beast.

But it’s here that man and beast intersect, mostly on an elevated boardwalk that stretches through the cypress trees and seasonal ponds.  » Read more

Searching for Scallops



Interested in joining the Scallop Search?

Volunteers are needed to snorkel in select areas within Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay to look for scallops on Saturday, August 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s event is being organized by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Florida Sea Grant – UF/IFAS Lee County Extension.

The purpose of the program is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population,  » Read more

Reduce … Reuse … Recycle


It’s certainly gratifying to hear that our area tops the list of Florida’s best recycling spots.

Last year, Lee County recycled more than 75 percent of its waste.  Of the nearly 2 million tons of waste made in 2018, 1.5 million was recycled.

That’s enough to fill 107 football fields with material 70 feet high (roughly the tallest point of the Sanibel Island bridge)!  » Read more

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