We have been overwhelmed by the creativity of the young scientists in the Bay.
Fintastic! That is our view of over 150 entries that we received for our recent competition, which coincided with Seaweek.
Entries included models, drawings and paintings, each having a short description of how the new animal was adapted for ocean living.
Our youngest winner, five-year-old Millie Douglas, drew a fabulous fish whose skin senses "when bad fish are coming", a defensive mechanism that would protect her fish from predators.
Another winner, Olivia Hoggard, 11, suggested many adaptations on her Mosaica Blue Mirrored Fish. These included, mirror scales to "make it (the fish) appear transparent" and "cone shaped fins to help it (the fish) swim side to side and up and down".
Both children win a digital microscope.
Our runner-up prize was taken by Lola Walmsley, 9. She said her Aniwaniwa Mutunga (Rainbow Fin) fish "cleans the ocean by swallowing all the rubbish without getting sick, raking the seabed with its curly tail". Lola wins herself a book, Love our Ocean, donated by DoC at Greerton.
Special thanks go to our friend, Ravinder Steele who is studying marine biology and helped to judge all our entries.
All entries will be on display at the House of Science until March 31. Anyone wishing to collect their artwork after this date should contact me at Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org .
All uncollected artwork will be recycled after the Easter break.
■ The House of Science Tauranga is a charitable trust aiming to raise scientific literacy in the local community.
It runs a range of programmes and provides science resources for local schools.
For more information please see www.houseofscience.org.nz or phone 571 0711.