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Manly
a trip to Ocean World
by Yu Chun

"What is the name of this fish?" asked Annie.
"What is it? It looks so strange." said Hua thoughtfully.
We really had a lot of questions to ask.


It was Wednesday, 5th June. After several cloudy days, the sun shone bright and warm. It was a beautiful sunny day. Our class and Ms. Fletcher's class were going to Ocean World for an educational excursion. All the students were very excited because we would go by train and then a ferry.

We took a long time to get to Circular Ouay. But when we were on the ferry, the views were really stunning. We admired The Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the wonderful blue sea. Sometimes the seagulls were chasing the ferry. I wanted to take a photo with them, but I couldn't. It was half past nine when we reached Manly. Then we walked to the Aquarium. There was a big tank in front of the Aquarium and some huge sea turtles were swimming in it. A few people put their hands in to attract the turtles, but they didn't heed them.

Inside the Aquarium, there was a huge round tank in the middle of the room and five smaller tanks set around it. We looked at the fishes in every tank and took notes. There were baby crocodiles, corals and sponges. "What is the name of this fish?" asked Annie. "What is it? It looks so strange." said Hua thoughtfully. We really had a lot of questions to ask.

After we had observed all the things on the first floor, we went to the ground floor. There was a room which looked like a huge tank with a tunnel in it. So, when we were in the tunnel, we could see the fish on either either side and above our heads as if we were under the sea!

Inside the tank, there were schools of fish-sharks, Stingrays, Cuttle Fish and a lot of fish that I didn't know. We looked and learnt. Then two men dressed ir underwater gear and carrying a bucket of small fish began to feed the sharks. It was fun. When the man put a fish near a shark's mouth, the shark didn't move at first and then swiftly gulped down the fish. Some of the sharks wanted to eat more but the man just pushed them away. After they had finished, I found something strange- the Cuttle Fish and the Stingrays. The Cuttle Fish could change the colour of their skin within minutes. When they were angry, their skin was red. When they were afraid, their skin was white and when they wanted to find a mate, their skin became colourful. The shape of the Stingray's mouth was very funny. It wore a perpetual smile. When the Stingray's swam over my head, I could see their 'smiling' mouths.

The next program we saw was a seal show, one from New Zealand and the other one from Australia. The seal from New Zealand was fatter and slower than the Australian one. But both of them did excellent tricks. Then it was lunch time. We felt tired and hungry. So we walked to Manly Beach to have our lunch. I shared my lunch with the seagulls, I thought they may be hungry too.

After lunch it was time to go home; We went back to the Quay. When the ferry came. We suddenly discoveredthere were a few students missing! Everyone was really worried about the missing students, but they came back at the last minute. Then everybody got on the ferry happily. We all had an enjoyable excursion and it also helped us learn more about fishes. We are looking forward to our next excursion.