On 12 September, the Save Our Seas Shark Centre teamed up with SHAWCO and the University of Cape Town’s Underwater Club to provide a marine education outing for 26 Grade 2 learners as part of their social outreach initiative. The children and volunteers from SHAWCO and the UCT Underwater Club enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of activities at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay, learning about marine environments and their importance.
Linda Fellowes, local author of the children’s novel “Nicole, the Surf is my Turf’, (http://africanpenguin.co.za/) had the children entertained with a book reading, which tells the story of the first recorded great white shark to swim all the way from South Africa to Australia and back again. The children were delighted to receive their own autographed copy of the book, donated to them by Save Our Seas Shark Centre.
The children also thouroughly enjoyed watching the fish, sharks and other animals in the Shark Centre’s aquarium before a quick visit to the Dalebrook Beach to explore the rockpools and get closer to the marine environment they had heard about in the book. Paul Millar, marine educator at the Shark Centre says: “It’s great to be able to collaborate with other organisations and enrich our youth and how they perceive our marine environment.”
The Save Our Seas Shark Centre sincerely thanks all those involved in this marine education outing, including SHAWCO, which is a student community service organization that was established by UCT to improve the quality of life of previously disadvantage people in developing communities in Cape Town, the UCT Underwater Club, Linda Fellowes and Fish Hoek Pick ‘n Pay for sponsoring the children’s lunches.
The Shark Centre is open daily to the general public, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm. Visitors to the Centre can expect to see small sharks and marine life in the aquarium, view marine documentaries and find out general shark and research information. For educational requests or enquiries, please contact Paul Miller on email or T:021 788 6694.