Visitors learn about underwater marine life at World Oceans Day

S24407H13-OceanDay''Adur World Oceans Day.  Coronation Green, Shoreham. Pictured is Toby Chandler with a shellfish.

S24407H13-OceanDay''Adur World Oceans Day. Coronation Green, Shoreham. Pictured is Toby Chandler with a shellfish.

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LIVE lobsters, crabs and rock pool creatures were just some of the marine life on show at Adur World Oceans Day this year.

Families and friends came along to learn to the event on Saturday, on Coronation Green, Shoreham, to learn about local history and sealife

The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) created an extensive display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach.

Presenting the whale and dolphin exhibition was wildlife writer Steve Savage. It featured a life-sized replica of a bottle-nosed dolphin and Southwick Camera Club put on a photographic exhibition with an oceanic theme.

A new display this year came from the Butterfly Conservation Society and presented the famous butterfly site at Mill Hill, north of Shoreham.

Andy Horton and Len Nevell of the British Marine Life Study produced the live seashore creatures exhibit.

Andy Horton, event coordinator, said: “I think we achieved the object of introducing the youngsters to the life that lives in the sea and on the shore around Sussex. An opportunity they may not have got otherwise to learn to appreciate the variety of life around them.

“It also allowed them to celebrate the oceans in an event that occurs around the world on the official World Oceans Day.

“It was very good to get other local and national societies got involved, including wildlife writer Steve Savage on behalf of the Sea Watch Foundation (dolphin display).

“Also helping were Colin Knight and 
Mark Colvin from the Butterfly Conservation Society, David and Marion on behalf of World of Widewater, the Sussex 
Wildlife Trust with Nikki Hills and their seashore display, not forgetting the important role played by the Friends of Shoreham Beach, who will be holding a local rockpooling event in the school summer holidays, and the marine theme photographs of Southwick Camera Club, 
the heritage section with John Finch (on behalf of his Dad Norman) with the model of St Wilfrid’s (which may find a permanent home in the Marlipins Museum) and the Shoreham Society.”