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Dr Chloe Devlin holding a copy of her first book 'Bruscar'.

Dr Chloe Devlin holding a copy of her first book 'Bruscar'.

'Bruscar' focuses in on the adventures of Sammy the Seal.

'Bruscar' focuses in on the adventures of Sammy the Seal.

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Dr Chloe Devlin holding a copy of her first book 'Bruscar'.

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DR CHLOE Devlin’s first children’s book ‘Bruscar’ details the adventures of Wicklow town’s most famous seal, ‘Sammy’, while also educating kids on topics such as marine biology, oceanography, and sustainability.

Growing up in Wicklow town, Chloe has always had a deep connection with the sea. She has a PhD from University College Dublin where she investigated the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. She has worked in marine education for over ten years with students ranging in age from infants to postgraduate level.

She has two sons, age one and three, and wrote this book with them in mind.

Chloe said: “Children adore learning about sea creatures and how the oceans work. Now there is a real appetite amongst students to learn about climate change and protecting the planet. My knowledge, along with my two sons love of books, inspired me to write my first children’s book.”

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‘Bruscar’ tells a story about Sammy the Seal, who is a regular visitor to Wicklow Harbour. In the book Sammy sets off on an adventure with his friends to find an infamous sea monster called Bruscar. However, all is not what it seems, and Sammy makes an unexpected discovery. The book talks about the problem of marine litter and the problems it creates for marine life. The story encourages children to recognise the importance of our oceans and to play their part in protecting them.

Chloe and her family are registered as a Clean Coasts Group and regularly complete beach cleans along the Murrough in Wicklow town. Chloe also runs an educational Instagram account called @happy_sea_ire where you can learn about marine biology and how to live a more sustainable life.

Speaking about marine litter, Chloe said: “The oceans are our planets life support system. They cover over 70 per cent of the planet, provide over half of the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate, and provide us with food, medicines, and raw materials. We simply couldn’t survive without our oceans, but they are in danger. Every year, over 10 million tons of litter enter the oceans, the majority coming from land.

“The term ‘marine litter’ or covers a range of materials which have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea, and it includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage and sewerage systems, or the wind. Over 70 per cent of this litter is plastic, which never breaks down. Marine litter enters the water by blowing in from towns and cities, it passes through our wastewater systems or can be lost or discarded at sea , such as fishing gear. Marine litter poses a huge threat for marine life. It can harm marine animals by entangling and choking them, can be ingested and poison them, and can contribute to the spread of invasive species. Marine litter can also impact us, and our communities, by contaminating beaches, damaging boats and fishing gear and entering the human food chain.”

This 28-page picture book has been written for children aged approximately two to eight years old. The book was printed in County Louth on Shiro Echo paper, which is recyclable, biodegradable, and FSCtm certified.

The CO2 emissions generated from the paper are fully offset. The book will go on sale this week. The book will be for sale in Bridge Street Books, Wicklow town, in Jiminy Eco Toys online store (www.jiminy.ie) as well as through Chloe’s ‘Happy Sea’ Instagram page.


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