Shark Guardian directors Brendon and Liz were delighted to visit De Lisle Catholic College in Loughborough on Thursday 19th December. Around 200 Year 8 students listened in wonder as we talked sharks, marine life and conservation. So positive was the response that Shark Guardian will be returning to the school in the new year.
A surprise to learn we can see 30 species of sharks in UK waters
So far when we have asked UK audiences how many species of sharks can be found in UK waters, most have responded with zero to five! People are shocked to learn that there are 30 species, with at least 20 seen on a regular basis. The students at De Lisle were captivated as we talked about different dogfish species as well as porbeagle, blue and even the ancient looking frilled shark – all seen in UK waters.
Thresher sharks in UK waters!
In our presentations we have also enjoyed showing the thresher shark photo taken off the coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales. In August a thresher was seen jumping out the water as it hunted with a pod of dolphins. What an amazing, rare sight, highlighting the diversity of marine life in UK waters.
Encouraging students to focus on sharks for their school projects
Shark Guardian is encouraging all students presented to in the UK to learn more about sharks and to share this new knowledge with others. One way this can be done is for school projects to focus on sharks – something the students at De Lisle were very enthusiastic about. We hope to see some evidence of this in the coming new year.
Shark Guardian wish to thank Laura Jenkinson-Lee, assistant principal and old school friend of Liz for organizing the visit to De Lisle College. We had a fantastic morning and the questions and positive feedback afterwards was amazing.