Wandering and Wondering at Galup (Pre-Primary)

Brooke and Renae share their adventures from their visit to Galup (Lake Monger)

What a beautiful morning for an adventure to Galup (Lake Monger). We set off with our clipboards and nets, ready to explore and wonder. When we arrived we were astounded by the algae. The lake has turned green with thick algae and the shores are covered in it. We explored using the nets (despite not being able to see into the water through the algae) and noticed the birdlife surrounding us.

We caught this giant creature that was lurking in the shallows!

A: It’s a big long sting ray tail!

E: That was a piece of bark.

A: The sting ray has died.

H: Ive seen a tree and it had exact same as that branch.

I: Maybe the sting ray tail was a mummy sting ray, maybe it bumped into a log or something and it died.

T: They could have had a fight.

S: It might have been a shark.

R: There’s no sharks because it’s not connected to the sea.

M: Stingrays don’t actually live in lakes, it was a log. Stingrays only live in the sea.

A sting ray, a crocodile bone, a shark or a branch from a tree – we wondered what it could be?!

Some of the children found a little cave and wondered what lived in there, they talked about snakes and I heard them warning each other about the potential danger. They were very still and calm and kept their distance, just in case.

R announced that he knew where we were because of the ‘volcano log’ that we see each time we visit. This was a valuable reminder of the importance of these connections with a space and how we get to know it very well by returning regularly and taking the time to connect.

We spotted the nest in the amazing tree that grows in the water.

A’ found these bubbles on the shore and wondered where they came from.

We had a visit from a Maali (Black Swan) and had a go at identifying some of the other birds.


The Magical Wolves are very motivated to care for their environment and made sure that we had gloves and plastic bags packed before we left. They spent a lot of time volunteering to pick up rubbish.


We continued to use the camera to document our journey and observations.


We will continue to reflect on our visit to the lake in our journal and document what we saw and what questions we have. When we returned to the classroom we had a discussion about the algae and why we think it is there.

B observed that it looked like it was sticking together when he looked closely at it in one of our water sample containers.


I: It’s super glued together

T: I think algae produces some sort of blue tac or glue that sticks it together.

S: It might be moss from a tree that fell into the water.

B: So it might have been germs from the ducks poo and then the sand turned it green.

H: I think the algae went underwater then on the next day it came up.

A: Maybe the algae turns green because do you know what, frogs have algae on their backs. It gets into the lake because the algae goes off the back and it starts to go all the way into the lake. You know a strange thing, frogs cant swim, they only drink from water. If the algae came off the back it must have been started on a bird, so the birds must have made the algae and the algae drops onto the frogs back. Birds make the algae from their poo. The fish eat bird poo so we need to stop the fish from eating it.

M:  Bird poo does not turn into algae. Algae is grass but squashed up grass.

B: I think that maybe the bird poo goes in the water then all of the germs go to the algae and then it turns green like algae and just like acids and bases. It turned different colours, one acid or base turned green.

We decided that we need to do some research to find out why all of this algae has formed in the lake.



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