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Ardchattan Primary School

imageNow, its all too often the smaller, rural schools that are forgotten about, but the SSTP wants to engage with the children who have marine life and various sharks on their doorstep and may not know it.

Ardchattan primary school lies on the northern banks of Loch Etive, and is run by head teacher Mrs McLarty.

The three P5 pupils, Ellis, Jacob and Gillian, joined project coordinator, Julie Hope and student, Connie Alford for a morning discussing Scottish sharks and rays, highlighting the species that can be found in Loch Etive, showing them the eggcases and completing various activities.

Although a small school, this primary has strong links with Lismore and Barcaldine primary schools and is one of the rural community groups living on the shore of the loch which the SSTP believe is an important nursery ground for spurdogs.

The children talked about the ‘scary’ view that humans have of sharks, and why this is, but these children say they aren’t scared of ‘jaws’, they find them ‘exciting’ and ‘important’ animals and when asked, came up with loads of great words to describe these magnificent creatures.

imageThey then learned about the anatomy of sharks, skilfully labelling the external features we had just learned about and ordering the senses used by distance, as well as seeing the eggcases, tagging equipment and learning about the SSTP and conservation issues faced by many sharks.

We hope to visit the school again shortly to show them the tagging and handling of sharks first hand on-board a local charter, however we have also let them know that if their families are able to access a boat or fish from shore, they can participate in the event on 11th-13th November in both Loch Etive and Loch Sunart.

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