Me and my buddy Steve taught some more children about the oceans and the amazing wildlife that lives there. We also spoke about the dangers to ocean habitats and the marine wildlife caused by marine debris and climate change. We explained why I started my travels, the conservation problems I have investigated, the amazing wildlife and people I have encountered along the way and perhaps most important how we can all help reduce our impact on the oceans and the environment.
Before we started I played the short video clip made by Ken Stewart and some of the youths from the Tennessee Aquatic Project. You can watch this on youtube, see link below.
As usual we started off with a quick quiz to find out what the children already knew about the ocean.
The children then did an activity that shows how all the oceans are linked together.
They also found out about some of the people I had met during my travels such as the youths at the NABs Youth Summit.
We then discussed marine litter and asked the children to think about what objects make up marine litter and where it comes from.
This ended with my experiences with Fred the Monkey and what I had learned from him about the terrible plight of the Laysan Albatross who live in the Hawaiian Islands.
The children took part in a special activity that helps to demonstrate the dangers the albatross face. The children were divided into groups of three. Two of the children would play the role of albatross parents one child would play the role of their chick.
We laid down a series of small cards on the floor. Each card had a picture of either food or an item of marine litter. The pictures were face down so they could not see what the cards were.
Then one at a time, the parent albatross (children) collect a card to see what they have taken back to feed their chick.