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Prize: Pupils go dolphin-watching

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

  • ALL ABOARD: The pupils set out on their marine adventure, and inset, a dolphin says hello to the human visitors.

  • Up Close - A dolphin says hello to the students.

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NINE lucky Bodmin College pupils won an opportunity to ride on a motorboat and get close enough to touch common dolphins.

The trip was a prize given by the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club, which is run by Dave Jones and Tim Bowker.

Club members were challenged to design and build a wind-powered vehicle.

The entries were judged by the school's principal Brett Elliott, who also thanked Cornish Rock Tours, that provider of the trip, for their enthusiasm, generosity and keenness to engage with the pupils.

During the trip company director Matthew Wheadon provided a wealth of information on dolphins, animals that associate with them and places around Rock.

Kimberley Horne said: "We know that the dolphins we saw were common dolphins because common dolphins always have a yellow stripe going down the side of their body.

"Matthew also told us that we know when dolphins are near because gannets follow dolphins so they can dive in and catch the fish. Dolphins work together to round up all the fish into a group."

Holly Wright was also impressed by what she had seen. "We saw guillemots and I learnt that they hatch near the edge of a cliff," she said. "They next jump into the sea and spend a fair few weeks floating on the sea as they're too fat to fly.

"The parents leave them and it's only a few weeks later, having slimmed down, that they can fly off themselves.

"When the trip was over the consensus was that seeing dolphins in real life was an experience that had left everybody really excited.

"There wasn't a negative comment heard throughout the afternoon and all agreed the trip was very productive, educational and fun."

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