Geography Excursion to SeaWorld Gives Big Picture Perspective
Year 10 Geography students had a beautiful sunny day for their field trip to SeaWorld on Tuesday 3 May. The purpose of the trip was two-fold: to learn more about the causes and impacts of marine debris on our ecosystems, and to collect valuable data for the field report students are writing as their assessment piece this term.
On arrival, students were greeted by the Sea World education officer, who led them through a program that outlined the causes and impact of plastics and other debris on our marine animals. This included a discussion on the role of Sea World in helping to rescue and rehabilitate affected wildlife. We met some of the now permanent residents of Shark Bay who were victims of our throw-away society. Some of the stories were heartbreaking, but it is reassuring to know that SeaWorld is happy to look after these animals, for as long as they need a home.
The highlight of the day was when our students got up close and personal with the inhabitants of Shark Bay, snorkelling in and around the coral reef. The students commented about the beauty of the reef and how seeing it up close helped them realise how precious it was and the need to protect it as a home for marine animals.
The afternoon was spent observing other wildlife throughout SeaWorld and trying to gain a big picture perspective on the need for effective conservation programs. Students also completed a public survey to gauge awareness of the issues surrounding marine debris. Back at school, the class will work on their field report, presenting their findings from the day, as well as from their own research, to suggest solutions to try and control a problem that has now become a worldwide issue.
Mrs Cassie Grimes