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St Andrews Science Discovery Day 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a public festival/exhibition/event

Monica Arso Civil - Participant

Joanna Louise Kershaw - Participant

Clair Hilary Marie Evers - Participant

Nadya Carolina Ramirez Martinez - Participant

Tania Cecilia Mendo Aguilar - Participant

Katherine Fae Whyte - Participant

Kaitlin Palmer - Participant

SMRU had two activities on that day, titled as ‘Who are you and what have you been eating?’. One activity focused on the use of photo-identification to study populations of marine mammals. We had an explanatory poster on how and why we identify individuals of cetacean and seal species using natural markings. The kids & adults could choose to play one or more matching games with sperm whale flukes, killer whale dorsal fins, bottlenose dolphin dorsal fins and harbour or grey seal pelage photographs. The second activity focused on how and why we study seal diet. A series of fake seal scats, made out of play-doh were filled with different grains and seeds, and lab coats and tweezers were provided to each children. After they had found all the fake otoliths in the scat, we could discuss what kind of and how much fish that seal might have been eating. Real otoliths were available to look through a magnifying lens.
4 Mar 2017

St Andrews Science Discovery Day 2017

Duration4 Mar 20174 Mar 2017
Location of eventSchool of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews
CitySt Andrews
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionLocal event

Event: Exhibition

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