Exploring the Caicos Conch Farm
Over the last few weeks Grade 6 have looked into Carl Linnaues, his binomial system of Classification and how vertebrates and invertebrates are divided into specific phyla and classes.
The class went to the Caicos Conch Farm, – a local conch conservation farm, to get a detailed look at Conch, of the invertebrate Phylum: Mollusc, and discovered many cool conch facts!
Grade 5 also enjoyed the educational field trip to the Caicos Conch Farm. We are extremely luckily to have such an educational resource so close to our school.
The 30 minute Caicos Conch Farm tour began with a brief biology lesson and a description of the technology and methods developed at the Caicos Conch Farm during the past 30 years for the process of cultivating the Caribbean Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) from the hatching of eggs through metamorphosis and the post-larval stages of life.
They also met the two oldest conchs: Jerry (who is 11 years old) and Sally (who is 13 years old).
It was great to see the conch come out of their shell and perform for us – the children thought that more people should visit and support our conch farm as it’s truly a great place and it needs our help!
The Caicos Conch Farm is currently developing brood-stock in four distinct species of warm water fin fish as they prepare to engage in a revolutionary and state-of-the-art form of commercial fish farming that is referred to as off-shore deep water submerged cage farming.
Grouper, Snapper, Pompano and Cobia are currently under development and the children were able to see a variety of these four species of fish growing in the Farm’s on-shore saltwater tanks.
Read more about Caicos Conch Farm.