01 Feb Year 13 visit Sea Life Aquarium
Our Year 13s brushed themselves off on a brisk winter morning as they were escorted keenly by Mr Carter to the Sea Life Aquarium at Southbank.
The first momentary hiccup lay in the knowledge that the camera flash could not be used to capture the creatures we came to see. The next hour or so went by fairly hurriedly with our interest still intact. This was helped by the frightening task of touching a starfish. Although you wouldn’t know it was that frightening, judging by the puzzled faces of the Sea Life employees as I took a deep breath before planting the tip of my index finger into the water.
Regarding the journey through the aquarium, I think it’s fair to say the sheer variety of creatures on display was jaw-dropping. Despite ‘finding Dory’ halfway through, a lovely moment came as we entered the Antarctic Circle. Our study of penguins jumping into the water brought a wry smile out of us all, even if that was in anticipation of the wonderful addition it would make to our Snapchat stories.
The last few minutes ensured we reflected on our visit through a lovely video. The conservation and management of biodiversity really hit home and the amount of work Sea Life put into this was nice to witness before we left for good.
All in all, the trip to the aquarium provided a welcome break from textbook exploits in the classroom. I believe we all took valuable lessons away from our journey.
Abdi (Year 13)