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The Cool Seas roadshow rides again

The Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Cool Seas Roadshow has once again embarked on a year of fun, inspirational conservation presentations to primary schools throughout the UK.

With funding from the Save Our Seas Foundation, MCS is sending Cool Seas Roadshow presenter Andy Starbuck and his amazing life-size inflatable sea creatures on tour.

"It's great to be back on road again and the Cool Seas Roadshow is going down a storm at primary schools across UK," said Andy Starbuck, "It really is a pleasure to see the amazement on pupils' and teachers' faces alike when they learn that we have these fantastic whales, dolphins, sharks and even turtles in our cool seas!"

Through Andy's presentations and the giant inflatable models, the Cool Seas Roadshow introduces primary school classes to the UK's amazing marine wildlife, explaining the spectacular lives of some our biggest sea creatures such as whales and basking sharks, and revealing the secretive habits of some of our smaller and lesser known seabed creatures such as the pink sea fan coral. Andy also carefully explains the threats these creatures face and through interactive role-play demonstrates how we can all play our part help to ensure their survival.

"Most children don't know that we get turtles in our cool seas, and that they come here to eat jellyfish," said Andy, "So when I explain that these turtles sometimes eat floating plastic bags by mistake, which can block their guts and starve the turtles to death, they suddenly realise how important it is to dispose of their litter responsibly."

The MCS Cool Seas Roadshow has been touring since 2006 and in that time has presented to tens of thousands of children and adults at schools and public events throughout the UK and Ireland. 

"Through the Cool Seas Roadshow, MCS introduces primary school children to the fantastic wealth of life in our seas, often for the first time," said Peter Richardson, MCS Biodiversity Programme Manager, "Once they learn about our amazing marine wildlife, our younger generations are very keen to do what they can to help protect our wonderful marine heritage for themselves and generations to come, and this way we are sure the Cool Seas Roadshow will leave a lasting legacy."

The Roadshow also leaves a suite of learning materials with all participating schools. Each child receives a free Cool Seas Activity Book, each class receives a Cool Seas Poster and each school receives a collection of SOSF books, with more information, games and curriculum-linked activities on the Cool Seas web pages.