Issue 33 - The Deep Blue (Ocean Life)

Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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ahoy there!

As the founder of Authors4Oceans, I was happier than a puffin with a beak full of sardines when Scoop asked me to guest-edit their special Oceans issue. I once had the blissful, unforgettable experience of swimming with a baby wild dolphin in Australia and that, along with living by the sea in Cape Town and Cornwall, made me passionate about saving our seas. In 2 this issue, Scoop highlights sheroes such as marine biologist Martina Capriotti and the women of Jeju. There are tales of selkies, surfers and sailors, I talk about my new novel, Wave Riders, and Authors4Oceans members share their ocean-kind pledges. When it comes to saving our planet, there is a ton to be done, but imagine if we all did one kind thing every day. Read…

2 min.
guest editor lauren st john

Lauren St John is an author of many books for children, often with animals and mysteries at their heart. Born in Zimbabwe, Lauren grew up on a farm and game reserve, which inspired her multi-award-winning White Giraffe series. She now lives near the sea in Cornwall. Can you tell us about the books you write? I adore writing mysteries such as Kat Wolfe Investigates or Dead Man’s Cove, animal adventures such as The White Giraffe and The Last Leopard, and books about horses, such as the One Dollar Horse series. My latest novel, Wave Riders, which is out in June, is a mystery about twelve-year-old twins who find themselves alone on a yacht in the Caribbean after their guardian vanishes without a trace. What made you interested in the oceans? When I was a…

1 min.
all about oceans

About seventy-one per cent of Earth’s surface is water. Almost all of that water – 96.5 per cent – is in the oceans. They are home to some of the world’s most amazing creatures, from tiny coral polyps to huge blue whales. Under the ocean hides the longest mountain range in the world: the mid-ocean ridge, which stretches 56,000 km. The deepest known area of Earth is also found at the bottom of the sea: the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean measures 11 km at its deepest point. Best of all, there is still so much we don’t know about the amazing environment beneath the waves. We estimate that only about five per cent of the world’s oceans have been explored and charted. We have had such fun exploring this gigantic…

2 min.
here be monsters

Back in the days before satellites were invented, when no planes plied the skies and you could count world travellers on the fingers of one hand, map-makers had a hard time of it. They could be fairly sure about the coastlines of their own country, but when it came to mapping the deep oceans, they could only guess at what was out there. So they made it up. And to be sure nobody ever visited those spots and found them out, they wrote across the unknown parts, HERE BE MONSTERS. The trouble was, it didn’t work. Brave sailors ignored the warning notices and sailed the oceans anyway. And sure enough – according to ships’ logs – they met with monsters. Among the worst of them was the kraken. You can read all about…

2 min.
water world

In the Sulu sea, between the Philippines, Sulawesi in Indonesia and Malaysia’s Borneo, live the Bajau people. They have lived on the water for generations, only coming onto land to trade or shelter from storms. Fierce, wet storms called typhoons are common in this part of Asia. The Bajau live on houseboats called lepa lepa or on houses built on stilts in the water. Up to five people in a family live on a lepa lepa and there is so little space that each person has just one outfit and few other belongings. They cook and sleep on the houseboat and use smaller boats to go fishing. Stilt houses are homes for between five and thirty people. The Bajau do not belong to any country. They live close to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei…

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SETTING OFF A good book for help identifying finds is also useful. Any time is fine to go beachcombing, but there are usually richer pickings after storms. BEST UK BEACHCOMBING BEACHES Durdle Door, Dorset Herne Bay, Kent Redcar, North Yorkshire RUBBISH IN THE SEAS The National Geographic estimates there are 5.2 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic in the sea, weighing 269,000 tons – the equivalent weight of 1,345 adult blue whales. One in three fish caught for human consumption now contains plastic.…