Year 7 at the Aquarium
Year 7 visit the National Maritime Aquarium in Plymouth
In March year 7 students visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. The day was action packed, students were able to take part in both a workshop and tour of the aquarium. The workshop focussed on classification of marine life. Students were able to examine and hold a variety of sea creature ‘parts’ including real whale teeth!
The aquarium staff explained some adaptations that marine creatures have to help them to survive. We were particularly amazed to discover that the blood of an octopus is blue because it contains a lot of copper. Students were able to ask lots of questions and even see baby sharks developing in the shark nursery. Students developed their understanding of the negative effects human actions can have on marine life. Viewing art sculptures made purely form rubbish washed up on the local coastline really emphasised the need for us to look after the environment.
Many thanks to the year 7 pupils for behaving so well on the trip, to the aquarium staff and Chulmleigh staff for their help.