On the weekend of 27th May, five families from the American School in London visited Plymouth for a bank holiday of marine fun, science and exploration. Saturday saw them enjoying a sunny day on Mount Batten beach, rockpooling, learning about the rocky shore habitats and getting involved in some citizen science project with the scientists from the Marine Biological Association. This project got the families finding, counting and measuring the many species of crab found in a rock pools, providing real data for the scientists working in the world renowned Marine Biological Association.
Following this lovely day in the sunshine, the group spent some time in the National Marine Aquarium on the Sunday, during which they took part in a fun-filled and messy workshop all about what marine animals eat out in the ocean. The families investigated the contents of a shark stomach, finding out all about what sharks eat as well as marine plastic pollution along the way.
Marine conservation is a big part of this weekend and the families spend time thinking about how to protect the amazing places they have experienced over their time in the South West. The families were then treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour taking in the top of the deepest tank in the UK, home to our largest sharks.
This trip for The American School in London was organised with the Aquarium, The Marine Biological Association, and the Kula Nai’a Foundation.