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2018 Ocean Life Incursion

​Sea Critters
Down to the sea in Blackbutt
(Story written by Mrs Judi Chatwood, our Media Liaison Officer)
The ocean came to the outback this week with an exciting, interactive visit from Ocean Life Education.
Our students from Prep to Year 6 enjoyed an Ocean to Outback marine experience over three, hour-long sessions which focused on topics such as habitats, life cycles, human impact, marine classification and adaptation.
Presented by Ocean Life Director of Education, Richard Coward, the sessions covered interactive, hands-on experiences with live marine animals.
Our students also were inspired to appreciate and be responsible for our exciting marine eco-system while getting to know some weird and wonderful sea creatures.
Children were encouraged to touch the animals which included sea stars, black sea cucumbers, tropic sea cucumbers, sea urchins and fresh water turtle.
Mr Coward also introduced them to a baby bamboo shark named Bob although no touching was allowed due to Bob’s tender age.
Principal Mrs Gayle Williamson said the Ocean to Outback experience gave students the opportunity to learn about different environmental issues affecting marine life.
“All our students were given the chance to have a hands-on experience with some amazing sea creatures,” she said.
“Each program was tailored perfectly to suit different age groups from our Preps to Year 6 students.
“Country kids often miss out on the beach experience so many of us take for granted so this was a wonderful day for them.”
Ocean Life Education Business Manager, Tracey Coward, said the primary school programs offered a sensory exploration for students to find out why animals look and feel the way they do, with information tailored to each class level.
“Ocean to Outback is supported by an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant provided by the Queensland Government, giving us the opportunity to offer a wonderful and engaging marine experience,” she said.