The week of November 11th, 2011 the fishing was also good for redfish, trout and big sharks. Hood spotted Blacktip, Lemon, and Bull Sharks up on the flats feeding in the warmer water.
As the Gulf of Mexico waters cool, more Manatees are moving into the shallow bay waters and canals around Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Closely related to the elephant, manatees are “gentle giants” of the sea which reach an average length of 10 feet and 1000 pounds as adults. Their diet consists of sea grasses which they consume for nearly 6 to 8 hours a day. The rest of a manatee’s day is spent sleeping or moving slowly. It’s vitally important to remember that these endangered creatures can’t dive quickly enough to evade the props of a speeding boat. Even while sleeping, they must return to the surface to breathe every 15 or 20 minutes.
Sanibel Island has several public beaches for visitors to enjoy.
Photo Courtesy of Kyle Sweet, Sanctuary Golf Club Superintendent.
Alison Hagerup Beach Park: Located at the end of Captiva Drive, this beach is a great spot for enjoying sunset. There is a small parking lot and you can find watersport rentals nearby.
Blind Pass also Known as Turner Beach: This beach is located on both sides of Blind Pass on both Captiva Island and Sanibel Island. This beach attracts shellers, fishermen, surfers and has beautiful sunsets. The currents can be swift and parking is limited.
October 22nd from 7-10pm: Make plans to attend the 6th Annual Beach Ball fundraiser to benefit the Children's Education Center of the Islands. Event will be held at the Sanctuary Golf Club with both live and silent auction items, buffet and music by DJ "New Beginnings". Tickets are $75 per person and money raised goes to scholarships for children. For more information visit www.CECIkids.org .