Sheffield youngsters splash down for ocean quest exploits

Hundreds of Sheffield schoolchildren have been given a unique chance to learn more about life under the sea in a special science lesson.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 10:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:37 pm
Pupils of Sharrow Primary hold the tentacles of a giant squid which has been made for an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.

The special Ocean Quest lecture at the University of Sheffield took more than 1,000 children on a journey – starting on the shore, moving out to coral reefs and the open ocean before travelling to the midnight zone at the bottom of the sea.

On the reef, youngsters found out about how corals provide a home for huge numbers of fish and other sea creatures, including seahorses, which were on stage.

Pupils of St Marie's School look at jellyfish at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.

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The budding scientists took a look at sharks to find out what makes them top predators and discovered how they can detect a teaspoon of blood in a space the size of the octagon.

Youngsters saw chemicals being mixed on stage to show how some animals can produce their own light at the bottom of the sea, with 200 glow sticks in the dark hall to illustrate it.

The lecture culminated in the appearance of a 14m-long life-size model of a colossal squid which moved round the audience as it glowed from the inside.

Pupils of St Marie's School learn about the cycle of waste in the sea at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Marie'slearn about the food chain in the ocean at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Theresa School look at marine life at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
A pupil of St Marie holds up a sharks jaw at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Marie's School look at jellyfish at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Marie's School learn about the cycle of waste in the sea at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Marie'slearn about the food chain in the ocean at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
Pupils of St Theresa School look at marine life at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.
A pupil of St Marie holds up a sharks jaw at an interactive lecture about sea life at the Octagon.