A major threat to whales, dolphins and other marine animals throughout the world is the contamination of their habitat. An important part of our mission is to reduce contamination and to help foster a respect for the environment. During our efforts on the water in 2006 I was astonished at how much garbage we saw. We had a total of 46 sightings of garbage. Twenty-two of the 46 sightings were of balloons. Balloons are a pet peeve of mine.
Leatherback turtles are endangered so each and every one of them is critical for the survival of the species. Leatherback turtles eat jellyfish. A balloon in the water can be mistaken for it's favorite food. Balloons, plastic bags, styrofoam, and trash floating in the water all can be mistaken as food and the turtles die when this trash blocks their intestines.
Garbage Sighting Breakdown in 2006
46 Total Sightings of Garbage:
I met the Earthrace team in Monterey as I went down to talk to them about my dream of eventually having a research vessel that runs on biodiesel fuel. "Earthrace is a bid to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat, and using only renewable fuels. The program includes an 18-month tour calling at 60 of the worlds' great cities, promoting fuels like biodiesel, and raising awareness about sustainable use of resources."
To help raise much needed money for the Marine Life Studies (MLS) project we had a fundraising garage sale Sept 2nd & 3rd. We had lots of shoppers. Thank you for your support. I especially want to thank all the wonderful people who donated items for the garage sale. The outpouring from the community was heartwarming.
After Whale Fest, one of our MLS volunteers, Tif Thomas, and myself met the Earthrace team in Newport Beach and went with them to San Diego. We assisted them with projects and cleaning the boat as well as helping them sell DVD’s and t-shirts for their cause.