Although we have an aquarium in the school with two aquatic turtles, a lot of us were extremely excited when were told that we would be going on a Field Trip to the “Aquatarium” at Tall Ships Landing in Brockville! The thing that made this aquarium special or different was the different types or species of fish that are preserved. Many of the fish there looked attractive due to their body colors and scales. In this aquarium several types of fish are left in a transparent tank of glass. Many of the tanks have a provision of colorful lights inside. These lights increase the beauty of the tank.
The first activity we did at the Aquatarium was the sculpting activity. We were taught how to make a fossil and after it had dried it turned out beautiful. We had to mold clay into different shapes then pour plaster of paris in it. We were all surprised by the outcome! They told us that when an animal loses its shell they had to make one for them, so they also showed us how the process is done.
The second activity we did was that we learned how the current flows in rivers, lakes and oceans. It was quite a task because we had to figure out how to stop the water from spilling out.
The final activity that was done was the feeding of the river otters.The river otter’s habitat was the best because it looked really “outdoorsy” and the otters looked extremely comfortable. The woman who was working there fed the otters fish and they did tremendous tricks that we thought they could never do!
Right before we left, we were allowed to touch some animals and the staff educated us on some crabs. We also learnt a new fact:
“Starfish aren’t called starfish anymore, they are now called a sea star” the staff member told us.
We were all surprised because in previous times we called it starfish but at least we were corrected.
In the end, visiting the Aquatarium was a very exciting experience and we were all sad when we had to leave but we won’t forget this event quickly! By visiting the Aquatarium, we learned outside of a normal classroom and made some fun memories!
Written by: Samantha Chiazor, Grade 12