Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 128 - June 24

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes by 2 people
4 pounds - Sara
506.2 total

4.6 pounds - Garen
305.9 total
This was a child's life preserver that Garen found.

I want to make a shout out to the Shark Finatics at the Green Chimney School who were a part of the recent Ocean Hero contest from Oceana and whose teacher Robin Culler, I had the privilege to meet while she was in LA to accept her Ocean Hero Award on behalf of her and her students. They have adopted over 12 sharks, and pledge to educate people all over the world to protect what is becoming an increasingly risky future for the poor old shark.

Don't know what shark fining is?
Watch this.

But a warning that it is a gruesome practice of cutting off the sharks fins while still alive, and then chucking them overboard so that they drop to the bottom and drown. Hard to believe a practice like this exists, but it does...mostly to add the fins, which are high in mercury, to soup. Oh yeah, and the fins are tasteless......

Ahhhhh Nestle...maker of many things plastic. Mainly water bottles and other plastic packaging that ends up in...our oceans.
A snorkeling mask that I am sure is missed.
Want to show solidarity against offshore oil drilling?

Check out their website, find a Hands Across the Sand meeting place near you and join up against oil drilling. Wouldn't it be amazing if we make the goal of a continuous chain along the entire US coastline?? Could happen, come along.