Dibanisa Lesson 3.2: Marine Big 5

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 1st November 2011

Last Friday, our Dibanisa group visited the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to learn more about the Marine Big 5. Our lesson started with the ‘Litterbug game’, designed by Coaches Across Continents.

The object of the game was to work together as members of the same ecosystem to defeat the environmental disturbances like pollution, represented by the litterbugs.

The kids were then treated to a glass of cold drink and sandwiches, prepared by DICT.

Michelle then presented their lesson. She explained the difference between the terrestrial and marine environments and told the kids about the Marine Big 5, which consists of whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.

She then told the kids about the two currents that influence our coast. She then told the kids more about the various animals and explained their conservation status i.e. least threatened, vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered, giving examples of each.

She explained what influence human’s have had on the environment with the particular emphasis on pollution. Michelle showed the kids an example of the biggest killer of the sea, AKA the plastic bag.

The conclusion of the message was that it is up to us to make a difference. The children each filled in a quiz, testing their knowledge of what they had learnt.

The kids took turns answering the various questions and a correct answer earned a prize!

We would like to thank the Dyer Island Conservation Trust for their contribution and Natasha from the Football Foundation and her volunteers for their assistance. We are looking forward to our next lesson which will consist of visiting Growing the Future on Friday to learn more about sustainability in Fynbos and healthy nutrition.

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