Roadshow spotlights iconic marine animals

An underwater photo of a sea lion, taken by Carl Charter.

A sea lion. Image: Carl Charter.

A team of researchers from the University of Adelaide are travelling across South Australia on a marine education roadshow to showcase the importance of First Nations’ Sea Country and marine parks as homes for invaluable species.

The social and marine scientists have dubbed sea eagles, white sharks, sea lions, southern right whales, and cuttlefish the “fab five” iconic and recognisable animals from South Australia’s marine environment. The roadshow helps students learn about and celebrate the connections between the ocean and our communities, including the Commonwealth and state managed marine parks around South Australia.

“South Australia is home to some of the world’s most diverse marine environments, but many people do not realise the wonderful sights that are on our back doorstep. These include areas that are protected by the government as marine parks, with community engagement in these areas sometimes lacking,” says Dr Nina Wootton who is a marine biologist from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences.

“By working with schools and tourist operators we hope to bring these underwater wonders into the classroom and improve community awareness of marine park values.”

The first of the workshops will be held at schools in regional South Australia:

  • Mount Gambier – Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June (more dates to come in August)
  • Victor Harbor – WhaleFest on Saturday 11 June and Tuesday 19 July (more dates to come in August)
  • Port Lincoln – Monday 21 June to Thursday 23 June (more dates to come in August)
  • Whyalla – CuttleFest on Friday 15 July (more dates to come in August)
  • In August, Kingston South East, Kingscote in Kangaroo Island, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Elliston, and Ceduna will be visited by the roadshow, as well as Adelaide.

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