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Are you the ultimate diving fan?

What am I?

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This is a tool that divers use to get into their diving suit. What do you think it is used for?

To Lace Up Boots

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To pull the rope through the holes in the chest weight

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To tighten bolts on a helmet

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Many helmets have wing nuts all the way around the edge of the diving helmet to fix the helmet to the diving suit. The nuts have to be made tight to stop the water getting into the suit. The bottom of the tool fits over the wing nut and the handle is turned to tighten the nuts. It is called a T spanner because it is shaped like the letter ‘T’.

What do you think it is made from?

Gold

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Brass

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Brass was used a lot to make tools that were used in or near water because it does not rust. It also does not make a spark if it strikes another metal. So it is a safe metal to use for lots of diving equipment.

Plastic

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Amazing facts about…

Whale Sharks

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1. The largest fish on the planet is the Whale Shark.

2. Whale sharks can grow to 14m in length. That’s just about the same length as a tour bus.

3. They can weigh up 11,000 kg which is about the same weight as two elephants.

4. Although they are called whale sharks they are not whales. They are members of the shark family.

5. Whale sharks have tiny teeth that are only about 6mm long – about the same as the thickness of a pencil. They have 3,000 of them, but they don’t use them to eat. They are filter feeders and sieve plankton, krill and small fish through their gills. They are huge, gentle fish.

6. They are very slow swimmers. They move at about 5km per hour.

7. They have beautiful spotted patterns on their backs.

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What do sharks like for dinner?

Fish and Ships!

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