Bayview College Marine Science students were recently enlightened on the ecology of the blue whale and the Bonney Upwelling phenomenon. Dr. Peter Gill, Senior Research Scientist with Blue Whale Study presented to thirty Year 11 students who were keen to find out as much as they could about the largest living creature on earth.
“It is inspirational to provide local students with blue whale facts and scientific research data. The students had a lot of questions which helps with their learning on the visits by blue whales to this area”, said Dr. Gill. “Sharing our knowledge with the local community is a really important part of our work. We don’t work in an ivory tower, the more people that know about our work, the blue whales and their amazing upwelling habitat the better. Especially young people who will soon have a say in the future of our marine environment.”
Stacy Thomas, Science Teacher from Bayview College said “Hearing about blue whales is fascinating and learning about the Upwelling and the plight of the Blue Whale from specialist Dr Gill is the best way to learn as students relate to the content. We are very lucky to have Dr Gill living in our area and benefit from his expertise especially during the week of the Upwelling Festival. Marine Science at Bayview is all about marine science concepts taught in a Portland context”.
One lucky student from Bayview College Marine Science class has been given the opportunity to participate in the Blue Whale Study Marine Youth Science Program. “This program is aimed at giving 4 local students an experience of a lifetime. The students go to sea in our research vessel, Bonney Blue, and learn what it is to be safe at sea and how marine science research is conducted and recorded. The program will run for 6 days and commences in February 2017” said Dr. Gill.
Media Contact Details:
Dr. Peter Gill
CEO/Senior Research Scientist
Blue Whale Study
C/- Post Office
Narrawong Vic 3285
Ph: 03 55 295207