The Australian National Science Week was two weeks ago and at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (Hobart, Tasmania) we had a very special week running workshops and presentations to 7 grade students. Under the title ‘The biggest fish, the biggest mouth’ we introduced the whale shark to the kids and talked about the importance of shark conservation if we want healthy oceans. It was very interactive and approachable for the students as we had our own very special 5m whale shark and some microscopes for them to look at plankton. They felt like scientist for one day! It was a great day and we are looking forward to repeat this experience with more workshops in schools in the next months.