(Source: Haiku Deck Image by: Blake Foster)
At our Under the Sea workshop the mini-explorers were exploring the under the sea, natural heritage site called the Great Barrier Reef!
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s richest ocean habitats, home to endangered species, a valuable economic asset for Australia, and a natural treasure for the whole world.
- Turtles are reptiles and are cold blooded.
- Turtles have a hard shell like a shield. The upper shell is called a ‘Carapace’ and the lower shell is called a ‘Plastron’.
- Many turtle species (not all) can hide their heads in their shell.
- Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.
- The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle.
- Turtles lay eggs. In some species of turtle the temperature determines if the egg will develop into a male or female. Lower temperatures lead to male and higher temperatures female.
- Sea turtles have special glands which help remove salt from the water they drink.
- Many sea turtles are endangered.
We made 3D turtles, these amazing printables were found at Print Krokotak, there are lots of amazing creations on their website!
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world:
- The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure.
- Astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from space.
- Marine animals called coral play an important role in the formation of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Coral create calcium carbonate which forms a hard, shell-like skeleton.
- The Great Barrier Reef is home to a wide range of life, including fish, sea turtles, giant clam, seahorse, sea snakes, nudibranch, sea turtles, stingray, sharks and many more.
- Over 1500 different species of fish live in the Great Barrier Reef, including clownfish, star of the animated film Finding Nemo.
- Whales, dolphins and dugong can also be seen in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Climate change is perhaps the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef.
- Warmer ocean temperatures put stress on coral and lead to coral bleaching.
- The Great Barrier Reef is a popular tourist destination with around 2 million visitors every year.
We made fish pictures…
Played with jelly fish costumes…
We made mermaid tails and oysters with pearls with playdoh and got really messy!
Our ball pool boat went down very well!!
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