Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Marine Debris Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest winners, whom will be featured in the 2018 Marine Debris Calendar! This year, we received more than 500 entries from kindergarten to 8th-grade students with incredible visual messages on what we need to do to be the solution to ocean pollution. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year's contest!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kids Producing A Film About the Oceans

HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS.  That’s who we are, along with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and newly-spawned zygotes. 

Heirs to our oceans are the next generation and the future generations who will inherit this planet and all that comes with it…. after your generation is done with it.

We live just near the Pacific Ocean.  We have learned about and seen the atrocities to our ocean.  We have studied what is happening to know why action is needed to end the human impact on our planet’s oceans. 

We are sad.  We are mad.  We are motivated.  We are inspired.  We are hopeful.  We are tenacious.  
And together we are taking action.

We are committing this next year, summer 2016 through summer 2017, to diving further into learning about the issues we and our oceans face.  We will take you along in our voyage so that you too might learn and be inspired to join us in our efforts to ensure that the oceans and the magnificent and necessary life within them are on this planet, alive and well, for our generation and our children’s. 

And, we are making a movie.  No not a dull drab documentary.  A movie.  One that will move you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you excited, make you concerned, make you want to change, make you want to encourage others to change, make you want to join us. 

We are the Heirs To Our Oceans, and we have a job to do.

Hop in and ride this wild wave with us.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Be a Beach Trash Warrior

Be a Beach Trash Warrior

Yahoo! It's summer. And we're going to the beach! 

Let's have fun and keep our beaches clean.  Be sure to get your family and friends to rid the day's trash in the right way. Recycle! Reuse! Reduce! Be a BEACH TRASH WARRIOR.

Learn more about trash and the ocean with this video.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Watch Dory. Don't Buy Her. She's Fragile in the Wild

Did you know that the real Dory is a Pacific blue tang, and is now being illegally collected and kept as pets?  Well, it is a beautiful fish, and the character is charming in the Finding Nemo films, BUT
the Pacific blue tang is "under threat" and plays a very important role in the environment.  

"They graze algae on coral reefs, which is a very important job because it prevents the corals from being overgrown," said behavioral ecologist, Culum Brown.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Giant Leatherback Turtle Surprises Whale Watchers

...On the Whale Watching vessel San Mateo out of Dana Wharf in California, the whale watching crew came upon a giant Leatherback Turtle. The turtle ... first looked like a sea monster to the crew. It surfaced and was dragging a huge string of kelp. 

The crew member Jason Kunewa who recognized it as a turtle as it came closer to the boat realized the kelp was wrapped around its left flipper and neck. He quickly got his GoPro and a knife and jumped in the water, Jason reported that the leatherback turtle was a long as him but must have weighed close to 700 lbs... Capt Bo Daniel assisted Jason from the deck. Due to the heroic efforts of Kunewa, he was quickly able to cut it free as you will see in this video The leatherback turtle quickly swam free out of sight. Jason rescued a “HONU” and we are so proud that he works for us and cares so deeply about Mother Earth.

Edited from a post.

From NOAA's Kid's Times:  
Size of leatherback turtle. Photo credit:
Steve Garvie from Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland 
Leatherbacks are the largest of the sea turtles. Adult leatherback turtles are 4-8 feet long and weigh 650-1,300 lbs. They are mostly black on top with white and pink spots on the head, neck, and carapace. The plastron is mottled with pink, white and black. They have two tooth-like cusps on either side of the upper jaw. Leatherback hatchlings are 2-3 inches in length with fore flippers as long as their bodies and unique white striping along the ridges of their backs.

Because leatherbacks are such strong swimmers, they are able to make long distance migrations across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans from their feeding grounds to their nesting beaches. Leatherback turtles are regularly found much further north than other sea turtle species. As cold-blooded reptiles, a leatherback turtle’s body temperature should be the same as the temperature of the water, but they have been reported in water temperatures below 43°F. No other reptile has ever been known to remain active at such a low temperature. Due to their large size and a special characteristic of their circulatory system, leatherbacks are able to conserve body heat and survive in cooler water temperatures.

Jellyfish are a leatherback turtle's favorite food.
C. Coimbra photo
Leatherback turtles love jellyfish! It seems very unlikely that such a large turtle would eat something so small that consists mainly of water, but they eat tons of them. Leatherbacks also eat sea squirts and other soft-bodied animals. They have scissor-like jaws and a mouth lined with stiff spines that point backwards to help them swallow their soft prey.