The Little Cayman Research Centre hosted a Marine Ecology and Conservation workshop for the graduating seniors of the Cayman Brac High School recently.
Students snorkelled different marine habitats found around Little Cayman, including the mangroves, South Hole Sound and Jackson Bay.
Through field activities and classroom lectures their instructor, Henri Fourie, showed the students how pollution affects the delicate balance of marine ecology and how their individual actions can make a difference, states a press release.
Students collected water samples and used lab microscopes to look at the minute life; all were impressed at the amount of life present in just a small drop of water.
Cayman Brac High School teacher Ms Sharon Austin commented, ‘The trip gave new meaning to the term fun learning. The students left with a new appreciation for the environment and the need to preserve it. In addition, they are now aware of the role they can play in the preservation of their environment. Even more important was the opening of their eyes to the beautiful islands they are blessed with.’
Students were also taken on a tour of the Island where they viewed the fossils found at the government docks, the wildlife of the Booby Pond, the inland tidal pools and the iguanas at Mahogany Bay. The weekend activities were brought to a close with a beach clean up at Point of Sands.