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Saturday Spot: Save Our Seas Shark Centre…

May 3rd, 2010 · 11 Comments

We have a new sport in our house and I am not sure but there may well be a verb: “Rock Pooling…” Last week we gathered some friends and ventured out for an outing to the Save Our Seas Shark Center in Kalk Bay.


And we loved every second of it, in fact days later we are still loving it… and I am woken by little cries of can we go “rock pooling” today?” Frankly I can’t think why not!!!


We began with a talk all about sharks… (and I know he desperately wanted to stick his head through those jaws, and practiced EXTREME self control not to!!!).

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We went on to see how we could protect their environment and that meant among other things protecting their food chain. So off we went over the road to examine and ponder the nether regions of the local food chain…


We carefully selected to coincide our trip with the full moon, and so had a Spring Low tide. Which means we were able to walk much further out across the rocks than usual.

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If you need to know more about tides here are some handy links:

There was deep exploration and pondering:


Poking around:

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Deep discussion:


And discovery:

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Predators and Prey:

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Starfish big and small:

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In fact star fish weird and wonderful:


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And unlimited sea urchins:

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There were different tide zones…


And here are a couple of useful tide zone links:

Anyway after hours of intrigue out doors we headed back to the shark center for a snack and a swim…


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and a play on the kelp horns…

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Then we had a quick look around the center, where there are all sorts of beautiful shark goodies to look at:


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And a shop with a couple of shark and marine conservation goodies on sale…

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And finally we watched a movie about the Ragged Tooth Shark Maxine, who was caught by anglers, kept in captivity at the 2 Oceans Aquarium for a number of years and then released back into the ocean.


We left with some pamphlets, some head gear and a crowd of kids desperate to return for more adventuring.


Not to mention a great book: Explore the Seashore of Southern Africa by Margo Branch, which I couldn’t find available online anywhere. It is easy enough for kids to read, great illustrations and lots of little facts and “to do” blocks… It is the perfect book for kids to learn the ins and outs of our coast and is on our extra-mural pile as we march through a page a day, until we can visit the Shark Center again – better equipped with a little more knowledge.


And let’s face it you can’t beat an EyeWitness book, so this one is well settled on the coffee table as well.


And here is a funny for you: “The hand of reason…” our super friendly tour guide knows kids so well and the fact that every single one of them will want to press the pedestrian crossing button – I.n.d.i.v.i.d.u.a.l.l.y., to the exasperation of every motorist!!!


Save our Seas has a great website, and a totally fabulous website for kids. And have a look at what the Kalk Bay shark center has to offer. If you have a bunch of kids in need of a tour and you are looking for a totally hands-on experience that you will totally enjoy yourself… not to mention your kids will all sleep terribly well after a day on the rocky shores then look no further. We totally loved it and couldn’t recommend it enough.

And since this post turned out to be a bit more than our usual Saturday spot with a round-up of links as well I thought I would toss in a couple of our ocean crafts as well – nothing like having everything in one place!!!


Underwater Ocean Scenes with Se7en Crafty Ideas…


Underwater Party in Se7en Steps…


Shark Attack Craft in Se7en Steps…


Owl Books – Post 8: Shark Construction…


Mrs Armitage and Her Se7en Hundred Surfboards…

That’s us… We will be back!!! Thanks to the Shark Center for a great great outing!!!

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Tags: Homeschooling · Outings · Saturday Spot · Science

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aunty Muffin // May 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    What a wonderful outing, and right on your doorstep practically!
    Love to all!

  • 2 jacki // May 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    What a fabulous outing, thanks for organising it! We have a firm shark protector in our house as a result. Loved the post – I thought it captured the day’s fun and wonder so well.

  • 3 se7en // May 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hay Aunty Muffin… Can you believe what a cool place to visit!!! Hope that little bit of Kalk Bay made you feel a little homesick!!! Lots of lekker love from all of us!!!

  • 4 se7en // May 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hay J, Glad you liked the post!!! And the outing!!! Really it was seriously fun!!! We now have a crowd of very environmentally friendly shark lovers!!! See you soon!

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