On 11th of August it was Pioneer State High’s chance to head over to Brampton Island for the Mackay Marine Classroom. After a journey over which included multiple whale sightings, the students were keen to start exploring the fringing reef by snorkeling at low tide and documenting their observations.
The following day, many students were introduced to their first weeding session to help regenerate the endangered patch of beach scrub in Western Bay. Most students were amazed by the fact that some weeds were escapees from gardens. With a lowering tide, the students were eager to get back to the reef for a study of marine animals.
Their task was to count the number of sea cucumbers on the intertidal zone. They split into several groups, and set up two transects, one on the high tide zone and the other on the lower reef flat and will collate the data back at school. There was also another chance for an exploratory snorkel on the reef.