Girls and boys at Godshill Primary School discovered more about the whales and dolphins that can be seen around the Isle of Wight and those who live further afield when Anna Bunney from the conservation charity ORCA talked to them at 2 assemblies.
Pupils and teachers alike were enthralled to hear that harbour porpoises, common dolphins and even bottlenose dolphins can be seen in the Solent and to the south of the Island. Whales can often be spotted from ferries bound for Spain heading through the Bay of Biscay.
Anna helped them to identify the different species, marvel at their size, longevity and diving skills and understand how discarded plastic bags and other marine pollution can kill whales, dolphins and other marine creatures.
“I always enjoy speaking to young people about the marine environment.
“Up to now, I’ve been to 17 schools on the Island and trust my visits will encourage the pupils to help protect the marine environment for future generations.”
Deputy Head at Godshill Primary, Rob Penman, says:
“We hope our children will be interested in the marine life around our island and Anna’s visit will inspire them to get involved in science. We will also use information in the session as material in creative writing classes.”
Wightlink supports ORCA’s outreach programme and is a partner in its annual coastal surveys. Commercial Director Clive Tilley added:
“Customers travelling to and from the Isle of Wight on our ferries enjoy tremendous Solent views and the marine life around the Island is always of great interest to us. We are delighted to support ORCA”.