Marine Biology instructor, Charles Rocca gathers with students for some lunch at Frenchy's seafood restaurant. The class spent the earlier half of the day kayaking and exploring Caladisi Island.
Marine Biology instructor, Charles Rocca gathers with students for some lunch at Frenchy’s seafood restaurant. The class spent the earlier half of the day kayaking and exploring Caladesi Island.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 21, marine science teacher Charles Rocca and 30 of his students gathered at Caladesi Island for an educational kayaking
excursion. Rocca does his Caladesi Island field trip at the beginning of each school year, along with other marine themed trips that transpire over the course of the rest of the year. Rocca claims he loves doing these non-school associated field trips because it gives students a new perspective on the topic he teaches.

“I like to give my students a chance to experience the ocean outside of the classroom. It’s a good bonding experience and makes them aware that there’s more than just material things that we speak about inside of the classroom,” said Rocca.

After docking, students got the chance to explore the island, spotting nearly 7 jelly fish of two different species in addition to multiple hermit crabs.

“My favorite part of the trip was kayaking and the beach, also the jellyfish were really cool, ”said senior Valencia Beckwith.

Once all the equipment was returned, students were invited to an optional lunch at Frenchy’s, where the adventurous day of marine-filled fun concluded.

Marissa Hibel/ Business Manager

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