Use this true or false game to learn facts about the marine life!


A clear open space.


Markers for True and False ‘zones’ and cards or a sheet with ‘facts’.

Relevance and Aims:

 A fun activity used to provide interesting and useful facts about marine life, which can be adapted to revise a topic learned previously.

Running the Activity:

Separate the true and false zones with a large space in between, which is safe to run on and large enough for the group.

Read out facts from the cards and ask the children to run to the true or false zone, depending on whether they think the fact you have read is True or False. If children are indecisive, ask them to guess and answer and say that anyone not deciding after a countdown is out. After a couple of practice questions, begin eliminating anyone who goes to the wrong zone until you have a winner or run out of question cards.

Some example questions are given here or you can download and print and laminate a set of our cards below. You can also research and add your own true or false

True or False Questions:

“Whales have belly buttons” – True (They are mammals)
“Scientists have discovered a new species in the North Sea called a bone eating snot flower” – True (It’s a worm-like animal found in the bones of dead whales)
“No plants live in the sea” – False (seagrass, mangroves etc)
“The great white shark is the biggest fish in the world” – False (the whale shark is, followed by the basking shark, which is native to our waters)
“The bootlace worm is the longest animal in the world” – True (it can grown over 30 metres long, they are sometimes found in rockpools)
“Sharks are colour blind” – False (Many sharks have excellent eyesight)
“Crabs can only walk sideways” – False (Spider crabs and others walk forwards)
“There is a deep sea eel that can swallow animals the same size as itself in one gulp” – True (It’s called the gulper eel)
“Some fish communicate by breaking wind” – True (Some members of the herring family communicate by emitting high pitched sounds from their anus)
“The biggest crab in the world grows to the size of a small car” – True (deep-sea Japanese spider crab)
“A group of jellyfish is called a smack” – True
“Sharks have bony skeletons” – False, (sharks’ skeletons are made of cartilage)
“Seaweed is poisonous”– False (seaweed is used to make many types of food including, sweets, ice-cream and toothpaste.)
“A shark called a cookie-cutter shark has been blamed for cutting holes in submarines” – True (it uses its strange shaped jaw to bite chunks out of whales, dolphins and bigger sharks)
“A dolphin is a very big fish” – False (it’s a mammal)
“Barnacles are small shrimp-like animals that live their adult lives with their heads cemented to a rock catching food with their feet” – True
“Coral reefs only live in warm tropical seas” – false (There are deep-water coral reefs in the arctic)
“When starfish eat, their stomachs come out of their bodies to digest their food” – True
“A sea anemone’s mouth is also its bottom” – True
“There are 10 different types of penguin that live in the north pole” – False (penguins only live in the southern hemisphere so there are none)
“When Seahorses have babies it is the male who gives birth” – True
“Sea anemones often have tiny plants living inside their bodies” – True (Symbiotic algae)




Group Size



5-15 mins

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