· Good afternoon my name is Ella and I will be your tour guide for this evening.
· To begin I would like to inform you about the safety precautions.
· Firstly just make sure you are wearing the correct footwear, it is one of the most important things as we step around oysters, rocks and many slippery surfaces.
· Secondly please be wearing appropriate sun protection as you may become very sunburnt out in the open.
· Lastly, I would just like to inforce upon you that you do not touch or move anything you are unsure of what it is, or it is an animal in its own habitat.
· Remember this as there are animals and corals that can cause harm or discomfort to you/your skin if they are handled.
· Now that I have gone over the simple safety precautions I ask you to remain with a partner so you don’t become lost or parted from the group.
· Ok we may begin and I will start with talking to you about a few animals we will come across and some interesting information about them and their species.
· Sea cucumber:
Sea cucumbers belong to the group of animals called echinoderms. Their closest relatives are starfish and sea urchins.
· Sea cucumbers (despite the name) are not fruits- they are animals
· The name sea cucumber comes from their resemblance to the popular fruit due to their ‘worm-shaped’ bodies.
· There are over 1250 species of sea cucumbers that can be found in oceans throughout the world. Sea cucumbers usually live on the sea floor.
· These animals are used as delicacy and as a part of folk medicine in Asia.
· Sea cucumbers fight by expelling internal organs along with toxic substance) toward the predators. All missing organs will be regenerated in the next 1.5 to 5 weeks.
· Sea cucumbers breathe via their anus. Branched network of hollow tubules absorb oxygen from the water that circulates through the anus.
· They also have no brain.
· Each limpet also scrapes a limpet-sized pit or groove in the rock to make a bed.
· Limpets can also "run away" from attacking starfish who invade their home rocks. In the world of limpets, running means moving only a few inches an hour.
· Limpets get hit with more than 8000 wave crashes a day. To avoid tumbling off their rocks, limpets are shaped like domes to protect themselves against the waves.
· At low tide, to avoid drying out, limpets...