Torquay College was one of four Victorian schools to learn about the threats local marine wildlife face as part of Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop Action Day, held Friday November 7.
Zoos Victoria experts used fun play-based activities to educate and entertain students from Torquay College, Warrnambool East Primary School, Rye Primary School, and Melbourne Girls College.
A Zoos Victoria spokesperson said the Action Day is an opportunity for the next generation of extinction fighters to become activists on behalf of marine wildlife.
“It is a great way to encourage a simple action which has real benefits to wildlife.
“Connecting students to these issues from an early age helps to broaden their understanding of the importance of the environment and its precious wildlife.”
Students wore blue to show their support on the day, which ended with a beach clean-up – an action which directly benefits local wildlife.
Zoos Victoria sees over 150,000 school students every year, spreading the message about wildlife protection.
The Zoos Victoria Spokesperson said Seal the Loop Action Day is an opportunity to engage school aged students about the Seal the Loop campaign and its importance in our local community.
“Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop campaign encourages the responsible disposal of fishing line and fishing waste through the use of specifically designed bins installed in popular fishing areas across Victoria.
“Every year, it is estimated fishing line entanglements result in the death of 1,400 seals.
“Zoos Victoria cannot fight the extinction of threatened species without the support of students.”
To find out how you or your local school can become involved in the Seal the Loop campaign, click here.