Octopus story for World Ocean Day
Marine biologists from the University of Portsmouth are taking part in an exciting arts and education project in the city this week, and everyone is invited to come along.
Across Portsmouth scientists, artists, writers, and school children have been helping to create the ‘Octopus Story’ – an exhibition that takes place on World Ocean Day, Wednesday 8 June at St Mary’s Church in Fratton. A giant octopus and other fantastical sea creatures will be hanging above the ground, ‘floating’ inside the church. The art installation has been created by local children and artists.
The ‘Octopus Story’ art and education project focuses on pollution we can’t see in the sea that surrounds us – noise, microplastics and chemicals. From 1.00pm visitors can take part in a series of special events, which includes an interactive microplastics workshop run by postgraduate marine researchers from the University of Portsmouth Revolution Plastics team, a session that takes place between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.
The scientists from the University will share knowledge that comes from their world leading research into the impact of pollution on ocean environments. Across the day they will join naturalists, storytellers and performers in explaining why action needs to be taken now to protect the future of these crucial marine environments.