Ocean Origami for Science Week
Monday, Aug 17, 2020
Join Sea Shepherd this Science Week for our Ocean Origami activity and learn more about the inhabitants of our blue planet.
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and discovery! This year, it is more important than ever to recognise the important work of marine scientists that are helping us to uncover the secrets of the ocean and learn how to protect its threatened species.
There are over 228,000 known marine species but we still have so much to discover. The global scientific community believes we might have classified as little as 5 per cent of marine life.
This year we’re shining the spotlight on five key species and you can learn more about each one and how we can protect them, by doing our origami activities.
Māui dolphins are a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin (Pahu) only found only off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. They have been observed playing with seaweed, chasing other dolphins, blowing bubbles, and play fighting. Learn more and make your own origami dolphin!
From April to November each year, Australia’s coastlines come alive with the mass migration of whales from their summer Antarctic feeding grounds. Humpback, minke and even rare blue whales can be seen from our shores. Our waters are important breeding grounds for these majestic creatures. Learn more and make your own origmai whale!
There are over 500 recognised species of sharks ranging from the tiny lantern sharks that could fit in the palm of your hand, to the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark - the largest ever confirmed was 18.8 metres long! Make your own origami shark by downloading the instructions below.
The scientific name for Green Turtles is Chelonia mydas. They are one of 6 species of sea turtles found in Australian waters. They can live for up to 80 years! Make your own turtle origami for science week.
The Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) is one of the world’s rarest sea lions. It’s an endemic species meaning it is unique to Australia and therefore as Australians, we have a global responsibility to look after it. Learn more and make your own Australian sea lion origami.
Post a photo of your finished origami with the tags #OceanOrigami #SeaShepherd and #ScienceWeek for your chance to have your creation featured on our facebook page!