I was lucky enough to be in a school this year both when they started and finished their local sea-life projects.
The children took care of a saltwater aquarium with native species (run by the Marine Institute and Atlantaquaria - see more here) for a number of weeks. On the first visit, they got to see a variety of preserved sea creatures - seahorses, starfish, crabs, lobster claws and a really heavy dolphin neck bone. On the second visit (pictured with this post) the visiting scientist dissected a squid with us!
We discovered that the squid was a boy; we identified his tentacles, eyes and beak; we got to hold the ‘pen’ that is like his skeleton; and - grossest of all - we took out his ink sack and scribbled with it! We learned that the ink is called ‘sepia’ and that it was used long ago to develop photographs. That is why filters on our modern cameras call the old-fashioned filter ‘sepia’.
Junior Infants - 3rd Class