More than 800 primary school pupils from across Edinburgh and the Lothians were recently set the challenge to design their own superhero of the sea.

The competition run by Heriot-Watt University, for their Year of Sea campaign tasked the young people with designing a cartoon hero based on the theme of saving the ocean.

With a trip to the Scottish Seabird Centre, a boat trip and a comic featuring their winning design up for grabs – the judges had a tough time choosing the winning entries.

The winners were eventually whittled down to:

  • Age 4 to 6: Theo Viale, Flora Stevensons Primary School
  • Age 7 to 9: Joanna McIntyre, Pentland Primary School
  • Age 10 to 12: Rory Scott, Sacred Heart Primary School and Julia Kamyk, Currie Primary School

Dr Mark G J Hartl, Associate Professor of Marine Biology said: “Well done to the hundreds of pupils who took part in this great competition to raise awareness of the environment and our oceans.

“As part our Year of the Sea campaign, we challenged the young people to explore the deep and solve the mysteries of the unknown and come up with a brand new superhero.

“Some of the entries were simply spectacular – you can tell the pupils had thought deeply about how every one of us can help to save our oceans and protect our environment, which will only enhance the cause for future generations in the years to come.”

Heriot-Watt is celebrating the Year of the Sea in 2018 with a calendar of engagement that will span schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers.