Bayside, Melbourne and Mornington ISIC Ambassadors had a great time meeting each other for their workshop aboard Moonraker Dolphin Swims over the past week! The Ambassadors loved learning first-hand about why our local marine environments are so special, how much fun it can be to passively interact with wildlife such as dolphins, stingrays and seals, and the actions they can take to ensure a more positive future for our marine environments!
For some, this was their first snorkel, and they took to the water like little fishes! Many students were lucky to swim up close with the gorgeous Bottlenose dolphins! We snorkelled some beautiful locations including Popes Eye Marine Park, which is Victoria’s first marine reserve established in 1979! Ambassadors were amazed at the size and abundance of the resident fish, and now have a better understanding of the benefits of long-term protection.
Some of our Ambassadors also enjoyed a snorkel at Portsea with the beautiful Weedy seadragons and the playful seals at Chinaman’s Hat, a structure serving as a shipping channel marker and haul-out for local Australian fur seals.
We are always so proud and inspired to witness Ambassadors supporting each other to embrace new challenges, and make connections between their experience and real-world environmental issues. The excited chatter reminded us that these experiences can be absolutely life-changing! Thanks as always to the wonderful Torie and her excellent crew from the Moonraker, and to the teachers, parents and carers who make these sessions possible!