How to Write a Creepy Ghost Story

Ghost stories have been around for thousands of years. The Assyrians wrote them down from around 3,000 BCE (that’s over 5,000 years ago) but spoken versions were probably much older. Shakespeare was a fan of a phantom or two, and featured them in at least six of his plays. How do you write a truly […]

Do Animals Make Us Happy?

Do Animals Make Us Happy? If you’ve ever had a pet or struck up a friendship with someone else’s, you’ll probably already know the following fact: animals make us happy. Friendly animals, that is. Some people believe that humans have developed a deep bond with other animals over many generations, and that this inbuilt understanding […]

Plan your perfect day – activity

PLAN A DREAM DAY It feels good to do things for people we love and care about. How about planning a special day out for you and your bestie? YOUR MISSION It’s all in the giving! Think about one of your favourite people – it could be anyone. A friend, a relative or maybe even […]

Joyful activities – 29 days of joy

29 Days of Joy 2024 is a leap year, so to celebrate our Feel Good issue here are 29 joyful activities for you to have a go at. Why not try doing one a day for the whole of February? You can record the results in a journal, or just, you know… enjoy the nonsense! […]

Shark Quiz

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Shark Quiz – Test your knowledge Sharks get such a bad rap. Films often depict them as dangerous predators ready to pounce as soon as we dip our toes in the sea. The truth is though, they’ve been around for A Very Long Time and the vast majority live quiet lives, minding their business and […]

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Zebra Sharks Baby Sharks

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BABY SHARKS (do doo do do da doo) Have you seen one of these before? It’s a zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum). Actually I THINK you’ll find zebras and sharks are two very different animals, ed Very funny. In fact, this creature is only called a zebra shark because the pups are born with black and […]

Write a Diary from the Deep – Inspired by Jacques Cousteau

WRITE A DIARY FROM THE DEEP Sacre bleu… It’s an underwater city! In AQUILA’s Undersea Explorer issue we found out all about the fascinating life of undersea explorer extraordinare, Jacques Cousteau! Now’s the time to dive right into another mer-vellous (geddit?!) activity!  YOUR MISSION In Conshelf II, Jacques Cousteau created a whole underwater settlement with […]

Working with Sharks

Jobs working with sharks Andre Hartmann, a South African diving guide can calm down a great white shark: ‘When the shark is next to the boat, I lean over the edge, and wait for it to open its mouth. Sometimes it opens its jaw to the side. This tells you that the shark is trying […]

What if the sun disappeared?

An illustration of the sun and the solar system

What if the Sun Disappeared? Don’t worry! The Sun’s not going anywhere. But hypothetically, we thought we’d explore what would happen to the Earth if the Sun just… vanished. Scientists have the answers… For the first eight minutes and 20 seconds, nothing would happen, and humans wouldn’t even know that the Sun had disappeared! Everything […]

How to go stargazing

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GUIDE TO STARGAZING Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how to find the constellations? It might seem impossible at first, there are so many stars! But you’ll be relieved to know there are actually only 88 named constellations. And you can only see around half of them at a time, […]