Year 7 got the opportunity to speak to Dr Thom Linley, a world leading deep-sea biologist. He introduced them to the environmental conditions of the deep sea such as pressure, food availability and light. Dr Linley also explained the challenges of studying the deep sea and engineering equipment to overcome these. Students observed video footage from the bottom of the ocean, meeting the wonderful inhabitants and their delightful adaptations.
He also recalled the story of how he discovered and named the deepest living fish Pseudoliparis swirei!
Pupils then moved on to designing their own investigative equipment and deep-sea fish. Dr Linley was very impressed and was actually able to find real life counterparts to the students designs, showing just how well pupils understood the adaptations to the deep.