After the gruelling work of their last community clean-up, and with the amazing commitment to monthly cleans, Pristine earth Collective were gratified to be able to take the Gugulethu environmental champions on a fun outing to the Two Oceans Aquarium. The group of 16 youths ranging in age from 12 to 18, along with 3 adults who help organise and co-ordinate the clean-ups arrived excited on Saturday 13 March 2021.
The morning started with an enjoyable and engaging lesson on intertidal organisms organised by the aquarium in their newly outfitted classroom which allows for interaction with marine animals while adhering to social distancing. The class was both informative and engaging, allowing the youths to touch and investigate the animals they were learning about. The enthusiasm and joy were palpable.
After the class, we were allowed to explore and enjoy the Aquarium in it’s full glory. From schools of clownfish to enormous spider crabs and luminous jellyfish, there was so much to see and appreciate. Numerous selfies were taken and some of the children made friends with a turtle. Although everyone seemed to enjoy all of the exhibits, the penguin exhibit was a highlight for some, while others were blown away by the great white sharks.
We hope this visit has helped to inspire a greater appreciation for our oceans and the environment, as well as an understanding of why we need to protect nature from littering and plastic pollution. A massive thank-you to the Two-Oceans Aquarium for sponsoring the visit, and arranging for a lesson on Saturday!