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RAASAY Pri­mary pupils be­came ma­rine sci­en­tists re­cently when they jumped on board the He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin Trust’s ves­sel the Sil­urian.

On Thurs­day April 27 the Sil­urian berthed along­side the pier so nurs­ery to P7 pupils could en­joy a 90-minute work­shop led by ex­pert ma­rine bi­ol­o­gists and ed­u­ca­tors.

A trea­sure hunt around the boat, pro­vided an in­sight into life aboard the ves­sel, kick-start­ing the event. This was fol­lowed by an in­tro­duc­tion to some the key He­bridean whales and dol­phins be­fore the chil­dren went out on deck to learn how to scan for dol­phins and use equip­ment such as binoc­u­lars.

The pupils then en­joyed a pre­sen­ta­tion be­low deck in the sci­ence sta­tion where sounds, videos and props were used to demon­strate the im­por­tance of sound in the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

Fi­nally, pupils had the chance to ask ques­tions be­fore re­ceiv­ing their Sil­urian Sci­en­tist cer­tifi­cates.

A school spokesper­son said: ‘Raasay Pri­mary School would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for pro­vid­ing such an in­spir­ing and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Pupils about HWDT’s boat Sil­urian.

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