THESE pupils are from the land-locked north of Glasgow.

But they have taken on the role of Ocean Defenders, educating others about why dolphins, whales and porpoises should be protected in the wild.

And now their efforts have been rewarded as they were chosen to name an orca calf belonging to the North Atlantic community of orcas that visit the shores of both Iceland and Scotland.

They named the young killer whale Tide after being voted for by users of social media.

Teacher Lisa Perrie said: “We feel that the tide is something that touches us all. We like that Tide links the two wonderful coasts of Iceland and Scotland.

“Like the Tide, this pod will visit both our shores coming and going between us. No man can control the Tide so we think this represents the calf’s independence and freedom.

“Also, this new life comes at hopefully a changing of the Tide of opinion toward their kin in captivity.”

Youngsters at the Craigend school have received praise from politicians and conservation groups.

From writing letters to Ambassadors to getting their feet wet doing beach cleans, Sunnyside Ocean Defenders aim protect oceans and marine life.

The competition was jointly run by conservation groups in Iceland and Scotland.

Most of the pod have been given two names, one by the Icelandic conservationists and another by the Scottish but they wanted to choose a name for this new calf that would be used in both countries.

Orca Guardians Iceland ran the competition on its Facebook page along with Living Seas NW Highlands, Caithness Sea Watching and Shetland Wildlife.

Ms Perrie added: “Ocean Defenders are humbled that a wee orca will carry their name choice for the next 60-plus years.”