The whale that recently washed up on the beach in Dawlish sparked a lot of interest in the past couple of weeks and several of the children went down to have a look at it. Miss Mann did an assembly looking at fin whales in general, their maximum size, the food they eat etc.
Following on from that, we had a special guest visiting the school. Rachel Cole, from the Plymouth Aquarium came in to talk about the Community Sea Grass Initiative with the children.
This is a project that has been running for the past two years around the Devon coastline trying to monitor and conserve the sea grass; an an important habitat in our local seas. There are many creatures that rely on this habitat for their homes, as nurseries and shelter and unfortunately it is the fastest habitat in decline at the moment. Therefore, part of the project is about bringing awareness to people, especially as it is a habitat that may not be seen by most people as its underwater!
Rachel talked to the children about what sea grass is, where it is around our shores, some of the creatures that live in the habitat (especially the beautiful, but rare sea horse) and created a food chain showing how energy passes from one creature to the next. She also discussed the groups of people who have been helping to collect data: divers, sailors and those on kayaks. If any of you would like to learn more or to get involved, please visit csi-seagrass.co.uk.