Buckatunna's fourth grade classes recently visited the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.
Students began the tour with a presentation by Poppy, a cockatoo, and her trainer. Poppy helped the students learn about the special adaptations that birds have that make it possible for them to survive in the wild.
Next, students learned about the different types of sea turtles and the dangers that face these endangered animals. The presentation closed with students getting a chance to get up close and personal with a sand boa.
After the presentation, students visited touch pools filled with stingrays, crabs, and starfish. Students also visited the museum, where each student conducted a "fossil dig" to find their very own shark tooth.
The most exciting part of the trip was the dolphin and sea lion shows. Students were given an up close view of these animals while being educated about how the animals survive in the wild and how they came to be a part of the center.
The trip concluded as students enjoyed a delicious lunch at Shaggy's Gulfport overlooking the beautiful beach.
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