Friday, 30 May 2014

Rocky shore recount

On Monday 26 May the year 8 ,7 and 6 visited Long Bay Regional Park again to learn about animals of the sea. In  the morning, cold and windy, we were separated into our year groups. Then we set off for Longbay. During our bus ride to Longbay we played games like yellow car , I dare you etc. We also sang songs and had very loud conversations.

Once we got to Longbay the bus driver got confused about where to drop us off. She finally figured out where to drop us off. We then met with Sarah at the hut. She then assigned each year group to a specific ranger. The year 6 were assigned to Maureen , the year 7 were assigned to James and the year 8 , adventurous and inspired, were assigned to Sarah.

Sarah gave us booklets with information about what we would find at the sea shores and in the sea. She also gave us trays so we could fill it with amazing things we found. When we got to the sea shore we found alot of things like kina, sea stars, sea snails, sea slugs, crabs (dead and alive) , fish ect.  We also found sea anemone that felt slimy and jello like. After that activity we went back to the hut had a break and ate some food.

Later on we moved onto our second activity which was finding biodiversity species at the
high tide. Before we got to the because Sarah gave us a bucket each so that we can fill it with things that we found. While we walked along the beach we found a dead jellyfish, amazing and daunting, covered in sand. We tried to put it into the bucket but we were
afraid that it still might have stinging cells so we moved on. We found beautiful shells (some that are still alive), sponges, seaweed ect. We found another jellyfish, smart and invisible, that was still alive. We took pictures and we also could see it breathing. We also discovered sand hoppers, large and alive, jumping everywhere.

When we walked back to the hut we tipped out our bucket and identified all the things we found. We identified types of sponges, crustacean, echinoderms, mollusc ect. We also had to form our bodies into a starfish, Uni-valves and bi-valves. After that we had our toilet break lined up and said thank you to the rangers for teaching us so many skills and how to identify sea creatures. We hopped onto our bus and drove back to school. During our bus ride back to school we played impersonations. You have to dare someone to impersonate someone. When we got back to school everyone was tired so we all went home. I have learnt alot from experiencing this trip. To me it was an amazing adventure at the beach.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Fishing quota's reading task

  1. How are commercial quota's different from recreational quota's? Commercial fishers are owned only by New Zealand companies and when they fish they sell it to fish shops ect. Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell anything they catch, food for their family’s or they just fish for fun.

In New Zealand we have quota’s for the number of fish people can catch. These are a positive thing because:
  • People won’t chase away the fish
  • There would be more fish and they won’t become exstinct`
  • Sea animals won’t become extinct