Who kills more in a year, shark or coconut?
In collaboration with the Ocean Park Hong Kong, students of the cluster course “Life Sciences: The Way Life Works” hosted a narration and game booth at the Skylight from 3 to 4 April to arouse protection of sharks.
Instructed by Prof Jonathan FONG, Assistant Professor of the Science Unit, the course carries a Service-Learning component that turns students into volunteers for the Ocean Park to conduct public narrations on wildlife conservation.
A fan of science, Mina, an exchange student from Korea said, “I love animals and it’s my first time to visit the Ocean Park, where I saw and learned a lot about sharks and seals. At first, I thought sharks are aggressive human-eaters but in fact they aren’t,” she said.
She pointed out that in terms of numbers of 'killing' each year, hippos top the list, then is the falling of coconuts and thunderbolts. Sharks are the least among these four.
“The trip to Ocean Park was wonderful and gave us a training about the diet and lifespan of different animal species,” said Clara, another exchange student from Mainland China, “I used to believe that sharks always attack humans and surprisingly they don’t. We should stop consuming shark fins that would encourage shark finning.”
Lingnan student Cecilia AUYEUNG Sze-Nga shared her experience as a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for the course. “We are a relatively big class with over 40 students including some elders too. After a day of training at the Ocean Park, the students served as tour guides at two attractions there. Due to visa conditions, our exchange students hold the narration booth on campus instead, which allows them to share the eco-fun with fellow Lingnan students.”