Thursday, 20 August 2015

Shark fun on Beau Vallon beach

Group photo with Beau Vallon primary wildlife club
Last Friday 21st August we hosted another shark education workshop, this time with the Beau Vallon primary Wildlife club. For the event Green Islands Foundation (GIF) joined hands with the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) for a fun-filled day of marine education and sharks awareness on Beau Vallon beach.

During the morning the students got a small explanation on the importance of sharks in the ocean and learnt about key characteristics and the length of different shark species. Through the 'shark and rays' game students learnt some true or false statements about sharks, whereas the 'schooling game' showed them how fish swimming in large schools helps against predation.

GIF staff explaining the importance of sharks and shark species
The morning ended with a 'beach safari' hosted by Isabelle Ravinia from SNPA. Walking along the rocky and sandy shore students identified a number of marine invertebrates living in the shallow waters. The aim was to show them the diversity of marine life which exists in this coastal ecosystem.

Children looking for species hidden in the cracks
In the afternoon, students got in the water for some snorkeling lessons. For many it was the first time they took their first breath underwater. The aim was to get make students comfortable to enjoy and discover what is underneath the surface.

Ready for the shark and rays game

How big is a Tiger shark?
This educational workshop is part of the Shark project implemented by GIF and funded by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and the Environment Trust Fund. It is also part of the awareness campaign for the ‘Shark Fin Soup’ project run by the Fishermen and Boat Owner’s Association, as part of the IOC-SmartFish project managed by Food and Agricultural Organisation and funded by the European Union.

Learning how to snorkel

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