Students from Camden Haven High School were given a once-in-lifetime opportunity to get up close with marine life during a recent trip to Lady Elliot Island.
A spokesperson from the school said students gathered data for Coral Watch and Marine Debris surveys.
They submitted their findings to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and The University of Queensland. The information will help scientists identify trends in coral health and assess the impact of marine debris.
The spokesperson said most of the excursion was spent underwater, exploring the pristine coral reef and admiring the huge variety of wildlife.
“They saw green and hawksbill turtles, black and white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, dolphins and thousands of different types of tropical fish,” she said.
The excursion coincided with World Oceans Day, so students were able to attend special lectures and events.
The school thanked Transport for NSW for making the trip possible, with the grant from Camden Haven Pilot Station manager Ross Butlin and the Camden Haven Community College.