The first Blue Sound Snorkel Safari of 2011!

April 14th, 2011

A group of 20 of us ventured into the sea to see what we could find living on the reef off Kingsand. Dressed in winter wetsuits, hoods, gloves and boots with only our lips and chins exposed in was warm enough to stay in for an hour. The Blue sound web page told us it was only 10.3 degrees so the sea still hasn’t warmed much from winter but the vis was great! We managed to find a beautiful spiny starfish clinging to a rock surrounded by thong weed waving in the swell and a giant spider crab clambering through the kelp. Those of us that managed to dive down saw some wrasse, pollack and whiting too. As we made our way back to the beach for a well earned hot choc we also noticed a few oysters, huge painted top shell and a volcanoe barnacle! It was only when we got out of the water that we realised how important having a warm jaw is for talking!

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Blue sound training day

April 11th, 2011

On Friday (8th April), childrens play rangers, youth staff, rangers at Anthony House, National Trust and Mount Edgcumbe and The Zone who work with Blue Sound came along to Mount Edgecumbe for a training day on how to run seashore sessions. After a brief intro by Bex on what Blue Sound is, we spent the morning inside learning about Shore Thing with Fiona Crouch and Seashore Safaris, Alien Invaders and Species Fun Facts with Jack Sewell.

Then after lunch in the sun, we all headed down to the rocky shore, where Jack taught everyone how to play Limpets, Crazy Camo Crabs, the True or False game and lots of other fun stuff to do on the shore. After that we all headed into the rockpools to see what we could find and learn as much as possible about the creatures to pass onto our groups! We managed to find lots of different seaweeds and exchange some tasty receipes! We also found an edible crab growing a new leg, a turret shell, lots of holes from piddock shells, huge strawberry anenomes, baked bean sea squirts as well as lots more!

It was a gorgeous sunny day and everyone had a good time and came away with lots of games and ideas for things to do with groups on the shore and even a bit of sunburn.  :)

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