SPIKEY sea urchins were cautiously admired by Woolgoolga Primary School students who celebrated National Science Week with an excursion.
The National Marine Science Centre has been bustling for ‘Science under the Sea’.
The three days of hands-on activities, guest seminars and presentations attracted crowds of people.
Some of the activities included: ‘The acid test – ocean acidification’, ‘Kelp in your cupboard’, ‘Fish for the future’ and ‘Keeping the Coast’.
While officially ‘Science under the Sea’ finished yesterday, local students keen to better understand marine eco-systems are still to visit the centre with Nambucca Heads High School students due today and Casuarina Steiner School tomorrow.
The centre’s community outreach and schools program manager,
Stephan Soule, said a visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium allows students to gain a better understanding of the unique local marine environment.
“This unique environment is created by a northward cool water current and the southward East Australia Current (EAC) made famous by Disney’s Finding Nemo,” Mr Soule said.
“Students learn this through a documentary, a touch experience of some seashore creatures, and a guided tour of the aquarium by a trained marine biologist.”