VIDEO: Passing Hopeful ‘Science Eyes’ On To The Next Generation
This post is one in a series of accounts from the Floating Classroom team working in Dominica to help educate children about marine life and challenging issues facing the world's oceans. - ED
The dolphins in Dominica are spectacular. We’ve seen dolphins on three out of six Floating Classroom boat trips so far.
The healthy coral reef provides a nursery for the fish and invertebrates that dolphins like to snack on. And the clear blue water in Dominica is a great place to watch them swim underwater.
Thanks to the fabulous marine life that lives and visits the shores of Dominica, our research cruises with 5th grade students have been nothing short of exceptional.
We begin the boat trip by telling the children that to find any one of these dolphins you just have to put your ‘science eyes’ on and scan the surface of the water.
We ask them what kind of an animal is a dolphin and they shout, “A mammal!” and we shout back “That’s correct!”
And then we ask them if they breathe in the air or under water. “Air” they reply. So then we start looking for dolphins that come to the surface for a breath. And the children all go silent as their ‘science eyes’ scan the water – each child anx
ious to be the first one to spot a dolphin.
“Dolphins! 3 ‘o clock!” The kids all screamed and pointed. It’s a happy moment that assures me, at least with these kids, a love for the marine life has been passed down a generation.
We finished the boat trip by spotting marine debris and discussing ways to keep the marine debris away from animals like dolphins and sea turtles.
Seeing a floating bottle in the same body of water as the dolphins provides the important conclusion that we all need to take action to care for our blue planet.
Here in the Caribbean Sea the students were marine biologists for a day. But in the end, as they stepped of the boat with a reusable bag in their hand, they became marine biology stewards for life.
For more information about the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to education children around the world about animal welfare issues, visit http://www.ifaw.org