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Ballachulish Primary School Sets Sail

05 July 2011

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Primary school pupils take to the seas to learn about Scotland’s marine life

Ballachulish Primary School pupils on board the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s Silurian Ballachulish Primary School pupils on board the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s Silurian

Pupils at Ballachulish Primary School were treated to a trip aboard the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) vessel Silurian in May to discover more about Scotland’s precious marine life.

Hopping aboard the ‘floating classroom’, the pupils kicked off their adventure with a treasure hunt. The game helped the children to get familiarised with the boat and its unusual hiding places.


It was then time for the pupils to become Silurian volunteers. They learnt how to look for cetaceans and, perhaps the most exciting part, how to use the hydrophone. The machine allows you to listen underwater.  Previous encounters with whales and dolphins were very popular with the little ones.


All of the pupils at Ballachulish Primary School loved their trip to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.


I enjoyed the treasure hunt around the boat,” said Shanna. “I was surprised at where I found the fridge and I liked the hydrophone!


Projects like the ‘floating classroom’ are only possible with the proceeds raised by People’s Postcode Lottery players. We have already raised £168,809 for the WWF, which allows them to support projects like the HWDT.


School trips allow pupils to actively learn about cetacean research and investigating the local marine life. Lots of interesting games and quizzes are great ways to develop their environmental responsibility, as well as being active and fun.