Lesson 3 – 25 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the types of animals that we share the beach with
  • Identify dangerous animals at the beach


Touch up on your knowledge of dangerous beach animals.


  • Generate a discussion regarding the types of sea animals we share the beach with by asking the following questions:
    • What types of animals/creatures do we share the beach with? (i.e. crabs, fish, whales, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, sea urchin, sea snakes, stonefish etc).
    • How do these animals use the beach? (i.e. fish swim in the sea, crabs live in the rocks or under the sand).
  • Discuss with the participants that some of these animals are dangerous to us because they have special ways of protecting themselves.
  • Ask the participants ‘which of these animals are dangerous to us?’
    With each answer discuss:
    • Why they are dangerous to us.
    • What we can do to keep away from these dangerous animals.
  • Ensure you cover the following animals:
    • Crabs – not usually dangerous but be careful.
    • Blue Ringed Octopus – poisonous, don’t touch them.
    • Jelly Fish – sting you, don’t touch them.
    • Sharks – dangerous, leave the water when a lifesaver tells you.


  • Tell the participants you are about to go for a walk along the beach, set some rules for the walk:
    • Stay in a group (a good idea is to place a helper at the back of the group to look after the slower walkers).
    • Keep close so you can hear what is being talked about.
    • Don’t touch any animals you might find.
    • Don’t go in the water.
  • Take the participants on a walk along the beach and try to find some of the animals you have talked about (it will be easier to find animals like crabs and fish, and a lot harder to find sharks and stingrays). If you come across any of the dangerous animals (i.e. jelly fish) discuss them with the group – but don’t touch them.


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