Happy Birthday to the National Ocean Policy (NOP)
Learn more here: Healthy Oceans Coalition / NOP Background
Want to do more for our marine environment locally? Please consider volunteering for the Plastic Ocean Project, Keep Onslow Beautiful, Project AWARE, or a local Surfrider Foundation chapter and also be sure to register for and attend the North Carolina Marine Debris Symposium
Don’t have time to officially volunteer for an org, but still want to be an environmental hero – clean your beach whenever you are there, pick up debris in a parking lot on your way to and from your car, or simply donate to help fund vital programs that help preserve our marine ecosystem.
Blue skies and calm seas,
I truly believe that you get what you give. In the case of marine debris, and the fight to educate, prevent, and remove, I find that these good deeds always bring good karma in the form of a day full of nice ridable waves for surfing, really great dive conditions on the day you book a full-day charter, or ocean-floor-ground-scores.
Almost always do I find a special gift from the ocean during my long beach-sweep walks. Some say, leave only footprints, and take only memories, which is great in most cases. I like to keep some treasures from the sea (none with critters, of course) and use them as ways to teach others about the sea.
Last week, I found is sweet ocean floor ground score:
This, my friends, is a horse conch. Horse Conch (Triplofusus giganteu) also called the Florida Horse Conch is the state shell of Florida and is the largest snail to be found in American waters. They can sometimes reach a length of up to two feet.
This one was found on a free-dive adventure off Bear Island, NC.
Happy Shell Hunting (and beach sweeping)!
Blue Skies and Calm Seas,