Today was shark and ray day here at JMB camp!  We started the day off with some water conservation activities!  Drop in the Bucket showed how little potable freshwater there actually is on earth compared to the massive oceans.  The game The Current Flows, similar to musical chairs, taught the campers facts about water usage in the US, and ways to make sure our precious resource isn’t being wasted!  In addition to these cool games, the older kids also did a Ph lab!  During the lab, they determined the acidity of various liquids, such as tap water, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice!

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After having the Trash Timeline activity and eating some lunch, both groups went down to the beach.  While they were down at the beach, the younger kids collected trash to make Litterbug sculptures!  This helps keep the beach clean, and gives us some super creative art.  After returning from the beach, we began our Sharks and Rays presentation!  This awesome presentation is full of all kinds of awesome information about sharks, rays, and similar species of sea creatures!  We even passed around a few shark jaws to show the campers their sharp teeth.  After the presentation, everybody participated in a dig for shark teeth and stingray barb fossils!  Each species was sorted into its own pile, and we all made some great shark tooth necklaces!

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To end the day, the younger campers created their sculptures from the trash they collected earlier!  The now clean trash was made into some awesome beach scenes.  While the younger kids made sculptures, the older kids made plaster molds of shark teeth, trilobites, and ancient sea snails!  This fun and messy plaster will harden overnight, and be painted tomorrow to create colorful fossils!  Tomorrow we will also be going to a release of one of the patients at Loggerhead Marinelife Center!  The campers will get a front row seat and their own roped off area to see the release down on Loggerhead Beach.  Today was another great day, and we are certainly looking forward to tomorrow!

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