Sea life Centre
The children were very excited to visit the Sea life Centre at Hunstanton as part of our learning about sea creatures, particularly penguins. During their time at the Sea life Centre, the children had time to look at the different tanks, spotting some enormous or brightly coloured fish but also having to look closely to spot smaller or camouflaged fish. Lots of children were excited to see the clown fish, rays and sharks.
During the day the children went to a special classroom that has a rock pool built into it. The children got to learn about and touch a starfish called Patrick and a large crab. They were also able to explore Mermaid's purses, egg cases of sharks, rays and skate. It was hard to imagine that a shark or ray had grown inside them.
Outside, the children were able to visit the Penguin beach which is home to a colony of Humboldt penguins. They were amazing to see so close although they seemed to enjoy watching us up close too! We saw some seal pups in the Seal hospital who are being helped to get better and strong enough to return to the sea. There were seals swimming around but it was quite tricky to watch them as they moved around a lot. Some otters called Twix and Yorkie, were very interested in us but we soon realised it was because it was nearly their feeding time.
As the children walked through the Ocean tunnel, their eyes were everywhere as they saw sharks, rays, a giant turtle and other types of fish. Nearby was a tank of jellyfish. The children spent time just watching with excitement as they said they felt that they were under the sea too.