Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beach Cleanup and Biodiversity Project Windward High

On May 16th I met students from Windward School at the Venice Beach Pier for a cleanup.
Their project is Plastic Pollution in the biodiversity of Los Angeles. 

We found the usual suspects.

(Ava, Juliana and Zander)

Halfway through our cleanup our bags were pretty full. 
Our total was 17 pounds collected from the beach 
in 30 minutes by 8 people. 

Meet "Trashy the Turtle" made from about 200 pieces of trash off of Venice Beach. 

They presented their biodiversity projects today and invited me to come check it out. I was happy to come by to support their thoughtful and inspiring project. Thanks for including me! 

(Sophia, Mirabelle, Ava and Juliana)

Congratulations on a job well done. Thanks for adopting a beach. See you at the next beach cleanup!

Monday, May 4, 2015

April 25, 2015 - Beach Cleanup #380

beach cleanup #380
tower 26 - Santa Monica, CA
trash collected for 20 min. 
.5 pounds
1,399.7 pounds total 


The winds were whipping over the sand. I didn't expect to find a lot of trash. I was right. This is my kind of beach cleanup. See the small plastic-looking round shapes with blue along the bottom? These are By-The-Wind Sailors jellyfish, or Velella velella's. More on the mass stranding of them below...

All along California's coast there are thousands of these little jellies littering the sand. Here's a National Geographic article with beautiful photos of the BILLIONS that have washed up along the United States West coast over the last several weeks. This happens every three to six years says their article.