Marine life will be in the spotlight this week for National Science Week.
Marine life will be in the spotlight this week for National Science Week. Rob Wright /Coffs Coast Advocate

Marine life in the spotlight for National Science Week

EVER wonder what a sea cucumber feels like or how a starfish eats?  Come and unlock some of the mysteries of the sea during National Science Week's Science under the Sea event.

Marine life will be in the spotlight this week for a range of activities that promote greater awareness of the marine environment and scientific processes.

Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre will host an open day on Saturday featuring hands-on activities, guest seminars, presentations and tours of the facility from 10am to 4pm. 

Event organiser Stephan Soule said all members of the public are invited to participate free of charge.

"It will be the another great opportunity for members of the public to pique their interest and understanding of the marine environment, and to learn more about the diverse range of research being undertaken at the National Marine Science Centre," he said.

Science under the Sea 2015 activities, displays and presentations will explore a range of topics including local marine ecosystems, hands-on activities, and awareness about marine debris.

People will also be able to gain an understanding of the plight of the wild fisheries and the growing interest in farming fish and other aquatic organisms to assisting in providing protein to the ever expanding world population.

This will be accomplished using an informational display, as well as a guided tour through the NMSC's aquaculture facility. 

Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre will also hold an exhibition stand at Coffs Central Shopping Centre on Thursday and at Park Beach Plaza Shopping Centre on Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Information is available from the website www.solitaryislandsaquarium.com or phone 6648 3918.



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