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​2016 ATSIMS Orpheus Island was just one of 4 trips 10 students ranging from year 8-10 went on as part of a marine science program to help increase interest in this career among indigenous students. This trip consisted of the 10 students travelling to Orpheus Island which is situated roughly 45 minutes off the coast of Lucinda. Along with fantastic views, the students were treated to crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling of the reef along the coastline. It didn’t take long for these students to find their flippers and before long they were diving deep searching for fish, coral and some of the largest clams they have ever seen.

The highlight of the trip had to be the mini films these students along with 2 documentary film makers from America put together. Focusing on the coral, animal life or the trip itself, these students put together quick films with strong messages. Talks from marine biologist, traditional land owners and some night time walks helped to open the eyes of the students about what it is to care for the reef from both a scientific and indigenous perspective. Should you want to see these films or more photos, just visit the ATSIMS Facebook page.