Excitement builds for Cranfield Beach Snorkel Safari

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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To celebrate National Marine Week (29th July – 13th August), children are invited to discover the amazing marine life of Cranfield Beach on a snorkel safari with Ulster Wildlife and Love Your Lough, on Tuesday 1st August.

Before snorkelling in the company of a team of BSAC trained snorkel instructors, children will learn about snorkelling safety, proper use of equipment, and the hand signals used to communicate underwater. 

Beneath the surface of Carlingford Lough, participants can expect to encounter a host of fascinating creatures from flatfish and shrimp to starfish and shore crabs.

Ulster Wildlife’s Living Seas’ trainees, Claire Casey and Patrick Crothers, are looking forward to helping children connect with the natural world. “Being underwater is always fascinating and this is great opportunity for children to get a closer look at Carlingford Lough’s amazing marine life, from beautiful beadlet anemones to amazingly camouflaged flatfish,” said Claire.

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“As well as being lots of fun, we hope it will create plenty of enthusiastic snorkelers and inspire children to grow up with a love and appreciation of our living seas.”

The snorkel safari will take place at 1:00 pm and is suitable for ages 8 and above. The safari costs £5 per child and booking is essential –visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/whats-on to book.

Wetsuits, masks, snorkels & fins will be provided, but you can bring your own gear too. All participants must be able to swim and should be comfortable and competent in the water.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, though adults do not need to get wet. Grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun, but must provide their own wetsuit.

Throughout National Marine Week, Ulster Wildlife is running a shoal of events around our coast to celebrate our amazing marine life, from rockpool rambles to coastal foraging.

To find out more, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/whats-on

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