The event was organised by the Argyll & Bute Beach Forum and in total nine schools attended, with over 110 pupils (P1-7) joining us on a wet and windy day at Craignure Village Hall.
The SSTP carried out four 30 minute workshops where the children had to follow clues and navigate themselves around the grounds of the village hall in a ‘treasure hunt’ style race.
At each station they had to use the ID keys provided to determine what species the eggcase poster belonged to, using key features (keels and horns), size, shape and texture.
During the hunt, gale force winds and torrential rain threatened to close the ferry but the children were well prepared for the elements, running around in wellies and waterproofs they returned full of beans after running through puddles and soaking each other whilst recording the answers on rather soggy sheets of paper.
Despite the bad weather (and difficulty in turning wet pages) the children of Tobermory Primary even managed to find not only the English but also the Latin names of all the species (with great pronunciation!).
Well Done guys! Top marks for the day!
After the race, while we dried off and discussed the SSTP’s work with Scottish sharks, the species we ID’d that day and the conservation issues facing sharks; egg ID cards (supplied by the Shark trust) along with SSACN and SSTP leaflets were given out to the children and teachers.