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Taming the Leviathan Education Workshop

Thursday 28 May 2015

In conjunction with our exhibition 'Poles Apart: Changing Attitudes to Whaling in the 20th Century' at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Special Collections organised a successful half day education workshop for pupils from Crail Primary School.

The pupils were given a tour of the exhibition by our project archivist Fiona Menzies, and learned about the local whaling industry in the 19th century and the dangers of over fishing in the Southern Ocean during the 20th century. During the tour, pupils were allowed to take part in baleen handling sessions and were encouraged to share their own opinions about whaling over the centuries.

The children then took part in fun interactive activities with Sonja Heinrich from the Sea Mammal Research Unit in order to learn more about whaling research today. Sonja explained to the pupils the dangers of over fishing and described her experiences of studying whales in the Antarctic.

A fun day was had by all - there may be a few more applicants for a place on the University of St Andrews Biology course in about 10 years time!