MORE than 700 school children became deep-sea explorers for the day where they got up close and personal with some of the country's murky treasures.
The primary school children from Galway, Roscommon and Mayo paid a visit to the Celtic Explorer Research Vessel where they saw wrecks and unusual fish. One group from Scoil Mhuire in Oranmore, Co Galway, were special guests thanks to Ciara McDonald (12).
Ciara won the chance to take her class aboard after penning a poem 'A fish is what I'm destined to be', in which she imagined herself as a fish before deciding her destiny may lie aboard the Celtic Explorer. "The best was seeing the shipwreck," she said.
Aodhan Fitzgerald, operations manager for the vessel, showed the children around.
"We're delighted to be able to show the work of our marine scientists first hand," he said.