Thank so many of you for your concern, inquiries, offers of help, and well-wishes in the aftermath of this devastating hurricane. We are grateful for your compassion, and fortunate to say that all Museum staff are safe.
Each day is bringing more information about the devastation, major challenges, and new realities now faced by so many. The most critical and immediate needs for our community are human. We encourage you to support social service and aid organizations working around the clock in Southwest Florida and beyond.
As for most buildings on Sanibel, the Museum has had significant flooding and structural damage. Happily, some of the marine life of the Living Gallery survived including the live Junonias, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, and many local mollusks; but many did not, including the two octopuses. We are heartbroken for this loss, but grateful to the City of Sanibel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Florida Aquarium for their support in the rescue attempt.
We will be in touch with more information when we can, and keep sending your positive thoughts for those still unaccounted for, for this community, and for the untold number of people throughout the region ravaged by Hurricane Ian.