We keep passing the Marine Discovery Centre at Terrigal and promising ourselves to take a look inside, but last weekend we actually did. It’s a fascinating aquatic museum and educational facility that aims to encourage community understanding and involvement in the preservation and nurturing of our coasts and oceans, and it’s also a treasure trove of curiosities culled from our local shores and coastal waters: exhibits as diverse as a coral coated ship’s wheel and the massive skull of a baleen whale. There are aquariums displaying marine life and an open rock pool where you can get up close and personal with starfish and flat fish, or feel the inside of a shark-egg casing. In the “imaginarium” you can listen to whale song and get the feel of what it would be like to dive to the bottom of the ocean. If you have questions there are plenty of people on hand to give you more information, mostly young people who are studying marine subjects and are knowledgeable and passionate about their field. There are plenty of activities for the kids and there is also a program of educational events, particularly in the school holidays. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.ccmdc.org.au
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