What goes down our loos and drains and what rubbish is thrown into the sea has recently made headlines. David Attenborough’s last series Blue Planet Two drew attention to the problem and the Museum of London recently made headlines that their most visited exhibit in recent months has been the giant fatberg nicknamed the Whitechapel Monster as it was found in the sewers of London which has been so popular that they are looking at ways of preserving it. The largest fatberg is the size of New Zealand imagine meeting that!
This week, Duncan Yeadon, owner of Natureland, in Lincolnshire, sent us some very sad pictures of seals that they have rescued. One poor creature had a plastic bag wrapped around its neck that had cut badly into the seals neck. Natureland is one of a number of visitor attractions around the country who dedicate themselves to the protection and conservation of our coast and marine animals.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is another centre where your students can learn about these amazing creatures and how they have come to be rescued and the journey they go through being rehabilitated to the ocean.
The iconic building that houses The Deep in Hull, is home to 3,500 fish including sharks, rays and also a colony of penguins. It is an amazing place to visit to teach your children about the life beneath our seas.
One of the biggest companies operating Sea Life Centres is Merlin who have centres not only across the United Kingdom but worldwide as well. I recently visited their site in Sydney which was fun and informative. We experienced feeding the fish a personal tour in a little boat and was impressed by the knowledge and dedication of the staff who clearly loved their work. This is the case of every Seal Life Centre that you visit. I personally know Sea Life Scarborough and Sea Life Blackpool offer great educational tours. For all marine centres, it is not just a job but a passion to educate young people about the importance of conservation and what we put down our loos and drains has an impact on not only the future of mankind but the animals and birds that we cohabit this planet with.
If it is too late for this term to make a school trip do make sure you encourage your pupils to visit a marine sanctuary this summer. The money from visitors plays an important part in the conservation and rescue of marine animals and the more we educate ourselves and our kids that what we throw down our loos has dramatic consequences on our planet the better.