On Monday 27th January 2020 Year 2 had an amazing experience when they visited Bristol Aquarium.
We had a fantastic day and all the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The children were a credit to yourselves and the school as they all behaved impeccably. We were very proud of them all.
Our Under the Sea tour was delivered through a guided tour around the aquarium including meeting lots of aquatic animals and their habitats across a wide geographical range including coastlines, oceans, mangrove forests and coral reefs. We learnt about animal diets, behaviour and ecology along the way. Here are some of the best facts we learnt:
Jellyfish are called jelly by scientists because they don’t resemble anything of a fish and they have four stomachs.
Flatfish begin their lives as normal swimming fish but get a flattened body within a couple of weeks. Even their eyes move to one side of their head. They are totally adapted to living on the sea floor. Flatfish can camouflage themselves by imitating the colour of the sea floor. They become sand-coloured on sandy bottoms and patchy stone-coloured on pebbly bottoms.
The giant Pacific octopus at the aquarium plays with giant plastic toys to keep her brain active.
We had a close encounter with a stingray who showed us their smiling face against the glass. It was fascinating to see their smile as you normally just see the top of the stingray on the water.
We visited the learning lab where we had a hands-on workshop handling real shark eggs, shark teeth and jaws! We also got to experience feeding the fish.
Thank you to all the parent helpers that supported us on the trip.