“I don’t want this session to end!” says future marine biologist Tyler Fleischmann.
Tyler was amongst nine Aboriginal Year 11 and 12 students who visited the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) as a part of this year’s WMBB Summer Program.
The visit started off with a detailed dissection of muscles and squids. Year 11 student Lachlan Eveston loved the hands-on experience and was in awe of the instructors who guided the group around the intricacies of discovering the age and sex of muscles.
The dissection was by far Mia Walsh’s favourite part. The young Queensland student proved to be incredibly clean when it came to slicing up the squid, managing to avoid the ink sack.
The students were treated to a tour of the SIMS Labs where they encountered a vast range of species, from crabs and starfish, right through to baby sharks that were being trained to fear motorboat engine noises.
Deep in the labs, the students were shown a touch tank filled with a variety of intertidal creatures.
The visit ended at the SIMS Discovery Centre, where the group was treated to virtual reality scuba diving and learnt about different ways to contribute to the marine science field.
Before returning to the main campus, the group dipped their feet in Chowder Bay. Nine budding young adults from Cairns to Canberra, Dubbo and beyond, united by their passion in marine biology, walking in the shores of Sydney Harbour and contemplating the ecosystems that lay beneath.