Pupils see crea­tures from the deep in Dun­staffnage

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

PRI­MARY and nurs­ery chil­dren got their hands on a va­ri­ety of crea­tures from the deep at the Ocean Ex­plorer Cen­tre at Dun­staffnage on Wed­nes­day.

Blair Wat­son brought in a num­ber of deep sea ‘beast­ies’ such as spiny spi­der crabs, sea slugs, a fang­tooth fish and a warty oc­to­pus, to name just a few.

In the morn­ing, pupils from Gigha made their way to Dun­staffnage to look at the crea­tures, and in the af­ter­noon the Lit­tle Learn­ers Nurs­ery ex­plored the cen­tre.

The 21-year- old ma­rine science grad­u­ate an­swered ques­tions from the chil­dren and showed them a se­ries a live spec­i­mens that he found in the ocean in the morn­ing.

The chil­dren also en­joyed a num­ber of other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as look­ing at or­gan­isms through mi­cro­scopes, watch­ing films in the cin­ema and draw­ing dif­fer­ent types of species.

The dis­play was part of Blair’s in­tern­ship at Cap­tur­ing Our Coast Scot­land.

The project aims to sur­vey and pro­tect the coast­lines, in par­tic­u­lar to in­ves­ti­gate how the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment is re­spond­ing to cli­mate change. It asks peo­ple who live near the coast to get in­volved and help doc­u­ment their find­ings. To take part, email co­coast@sams. ac.uk.

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