Panaji: When scientist and oceanographer Rahul Sharma asked the children, aged 6 to 14, if they were ready to view the sea horses, ‘are they dead or alive?’ asked a little girl in disbelief that she would be seeing seahorses. The children were at the national institute of oceanography (NIO) as part of The Times of India’s Goa For Kids Club activities on Thursday afternoon.
The participants were left fascinated as they saw a display of the live seahorses put up specially for their benefit at the NIO campus. The male of the seahorses carry the young ones and the numbers of the species are declining as these sea creatures are monogamous and do not breed easily with another partner to multiply. Such were the facts the children were introduced to at the NIO, where seahorse breeding is also carried out.
The different vessels used to carry out ocean research in the deep seas by NIO for the country and the artifacts recovered from the seas, like the piece of a pot used to import olive oil by sea in the bygone era, were among the other important exhibits.
The children then watched the film ‘Sagar’, which explained everything one needs to know about the oceans from how deltas are formed to what are estuaries and how mangroves help our eco-systems and how complex the foodchain in the sea is.[TOI]