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Every Day is Earth Day!

Here are 8 ways you can make every day Earth Day!!:

1. Use reusable bags
Get yourself some cute reusable bags and keep them in your car. Moving forward, simply decline plastic bags from cashiers and don’t use individual bags for your produce at the grocery store. Scientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it (United Nations Environment Programme). So you can have a massive impact on that statistic by making this small shift to your shopping routine.

2. Go outside
In his book, Last Child in The Woods, Richard Louv notes “Though we often see ourselves as separate from nature, humans are also part of that wildness.”

If we have a relationship with the planet, we are more likely to identify as connected to it, and feel a responsibility to protect it. Go outside every day and get up close and personal with nature, don’t wait for Earth Day to make it a priority.

3. Don’t eat meat
I know this might suprise you, but when it comes to climate change, following a plant-based diet would cut food-related emissions by 70% according to Oxford University.

If you can’t give up meat completely, doing your best to drastically decrease your intake of animal products is a great start. Learn to love a plant-based diet and your body and the planet will thank you.

4. Recycle
We have heard this most of our lives, but how many people are actually doing it all the time? Not all stores and restaurants offer recycling options and I know not everyone is like me and brings a cardboard beverage holder home to recycle versus just throwing it in the trash for convenience. Almost everything is recyclable these days, from paper products to electronics, so there is almost always a positive alternative to sending something to the landfill. According to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, recycling of one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water!

5. Buy organic foods and products
According to the FOA (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) “By opting for organic products, the consumer through his/her purchasing power promotes a less polluting agricultural system. The hidden costs of agriculture to the environment in terms of natural resource degradation are reduced.”

When you go to the grocery store or farmer’s market, you are voting with your dollars on what type of agriculture system you want to support. Vote for an organic system that doesn’t use synthetic herbicides and pesticides to make every day Earth Day. These chemicals are not only foreign to your body, but also harmful to the water, air and environment as a whole.

6. Replace plastic products with glass
There are amazing alternatives to plastic now (Pyrex and Mason Jars are two of my favorites) and you can purchase glass cups, plates, tupperware and more without breaking the bank. Not only does this help you avoid the toxins in plastic, but it also reduces its overall production. “Plastics manufacture makes up 4.6% of the annual petroleum consumption in the U.S., using roughly 331 million barrels per year” (Plastics, Human Health and the Road Ahead). And as we know, the plastic itself isn’t really something you want in your life. Make conscious purchasing decisions when it comes to products commonly made of plastic.

7. Compost
There’s no reason to throw out your organic food byproducts when you can easily compost it. If you live in a city and don’t need compost yourself, there are typically companies that will collect it from you for a small fee. You will not only be creating less waste, but by composting, the creation of greenhouse gases, like methane, is avoided. Additionally, “compost replenishes and revitalizes exhausted farm soils by replacing trace minerals and organic material, reduces soil erosion and helps prevent storm water runoff” according to Eureka Recycling So by composting your food byproducts, you are actually helping more food grow!

8. Eliminate the use of household cleaners with toxic ingredients
Most people don’t think of their household cleaners as pollutants. Unfortunately, just because we’ve assumed that cleaning supplies are doing just that — cleaning — it doesn’t mean they aren’t also contributing to smog and lowering the quality of tap water. (EPA) Instead of using the toxic cleaners, you can find make your own alternative cleaners to keep your home and surrounding environment safer... and squeaky clean!

16 Reasons to Love and Preserve the Ocean

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnificence has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, songs, and news articles.

If it were a god, it would already have millions of devoted disciples -- divers, scientists, surfers, biologists, ocean-going enthusiasts -- who are in constant awe of its power and beauty. That's why, for World Oceans Day, we wanted to explore the reasons we are all drawn to the sea.

Below, 16 reasons the ocean, our beloved resource, is one of the most fascinating elements on our planet Earth.

1. The ocean covers over 70 percent of our planet's surface and contains about 99 percent of the living space on Earth.
According to the MarineBio Conservation Society, humans have only explored less then 10% of that "living space," which pretty much means we know absolutely nothing about the blue marble of a world we live in:

 

2. An estimated 2.2 million species live in the ocean.
Between 50 to 80% of all life on Earth is under the sea:

 

3. Like this jellyfish that ages backwards.
The Turritopsis dohrnii (a.k.a. the "immortal" jellyfish) has the ability to transform itself into a younger state:

 

4. Or this horseshoe crab.
They've existed on Earth for over 300 million years. That's older than the dinosaurs:

 

5. Or the largest and heaviest animal to ever exist.
The blue whale, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, can grow as long as 100 feet and weigh up to 330,000 pounds:

 

6. But let's talk about the one fish that everyone is absolutely fascinated with -- sharks.
Love 'em or hate 'em, these toothy fish are one parts terrifying, a thousand parts misunderstood. While they are considered an apex predator of the sea, you are at a higher risk of dying from a mosquito bite than a shark:

 

7. Sharks are actually designed to be the ultimate ocean navigators.
Shark skeleton is made of cartilage and its skin is covered with tiny toothlike scales, making them fierce swimming machines. And contrary to common belief, research has shown that sharks have sharp vision and are ten times more sensitive to light than humans -- perfect for preying in dark waters:

 

8. Speaking of dark waters, the average depth of the ocean is around 14,000 feet.
That's more than 40 football fields, from end zone to end zone. There, magnificent, bioluminescent, and sometimes even scary creatures roam about a dark world, like this viperfish:

 

And bioluminescent jellies, also known as ctenophore:

 

9. But, in lighter waters, where the sun rays glow, a magnificent forest emerges.
Kelp forests have the ability to grow up to 18 inches per day, creating the perfect, nutrient-rich playground for seals, sea lions, whales and birds:

 

And adorable sea otters:

 

10. The world's ocean is arguably the most important resource we, as citizens of Earth, have.
Aside from the oceans comprising most of our planet, it is a source of food for hundreds of thousands of species. Sadly,overfishing and other human-created pollution are responsible for harming our greatest resource. If we continue, we may eventually run out of fish, setting a domino effect of disaster. That could mean no more beautiful, thriving reefs like this:

 

Or this mesmerizing bait ball -- press play and watch the hypnotic fish gather by the thousands to protect themselves from predators like dolphins, sharks and birds (yes, aerial attackers swooping in from above):

11. And don't get us started on how naturally clever the ocean can be.
Ever thought, 'Silly Spongebob, how can there be a lake under the sea?' Turns out, we are the silly ones. In parts of the world, like in the waters of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, hydrogen sulfate mixes with saltwater, making it heavier than regular saltwater and causing it to sink to the bottom and flow like a river:

 

12. The sea is actually way more physically diverse than that tropical beach on your phone's wallpaper.
It's frigid and cold:

 

It's fiercely rough and stormy:

 

But, of course, it's also warm, crystal clear and incredibly inviting:

13. And when the elements align in perfect unison, it's the ultimate playground.

But remember, the ocean isn't just a playground, nor is it only ours. It is a resource we must protect if we want to continue to enjoy it like this:

14. Can we just step back for a moment and take in just how simply beautiful the ocean is?
By the way, submersing yourself in the salty sea is actually good for your mental and physical health:

Deep breath in...

Deep breath out...

15. While we humans don't have gills (yet), the ocean can be one of our greatest spiritual sanctuaries.
Anyone who spends a lot of time in the ocean -- surfing through waves, diving in deep waters, sailing across the world -- can tell you just how humbling the power of the sea is. It can heighten the senses and can give you the most heartfelt and emotional thrill of your life:

16. The ocean, whether we realize it or not, is the world's most shared resource, jointly used by billions of humans all across the globe.
The sea provides us with air to breathe (ocean plants provide half the world's oxygen), gives us food to eat (around 3.5 billion people rely on the ocean as their primary food source), and even helps boost our economy (one in every six jobs is marine related). The Polynesian Voyaging Society recently began a three year voyage around the world in a wooden canoe, using ancient wayfaring techniques, to prove that we are all connected and need to take care of Mother Earth, just as she takes care of us:

Help Save Our Seas. Get involved. For more on what you can do check out these amazing organizations:

http://oceana.org/

http://www.5gyres.org/ 

http://www.seashepherd.org/

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans

https://www.surfrider.org/

 

 

Healthy eats Recipe

Sautee'd Vegetables.

This is a simple classic that everyone should know and be doing on a regular basis. A great tasty way to get your veggies in!

Ingredients

Serves 2-3:

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1 pound of mixed vegetables
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What You'll Need

  • Measuring spoon
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Medium pan with lid

Directions

  1. Wash and/or peel the veggies as needed and cut into ½-inch pieces or ½-inch slices, depending on the vegetable.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil with garlic. Add the vegetables and cook for about 1 minute. Add any dried seasonings at this point. Cover and cook for 3 more minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs to taste.

Chef Tips

  • Sauté zucchini with garlic and tarragon, parsley, thyme or basil.

  • Add a squeeze of lemon or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese at the end.

  • Sauté cauliflower with ground cumin, curry powder and red pepper flakes with oil. Cook until the cauliflower is softened but crisp. If it starts to brown before it’s cooked, add ½ c. water to the pan; it will steam the cauliflower but then evaporate.

Eat and Enjoy!!

 

Delicious Dunking Dip

 

Ingredients:
16 ounces Cannellini beans ( liquid drained from can )
Garlic cloves roughly chopped
1 cup Spinach
2 tablespoons Tahini
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
¼ cup Olive oil
2 tablespoons Rice vinegar
Carrots (sliced or baby (for Dunkers)
Broccoli cut into bite-size pieces (for Dunkers)
Radishes sliced (for Dunkers)
Cauliflower cut into bite-size pieces (for Dunkers)
Asparagus cut into bite-size pieces (for Dunkers)
Directions:
1. Blend all dip ingredients for about 2 minutes until smooth.
2. Place blended bean dip in a serving bowl.
3. Scoop blended dip with various raw vegetables like carrots or broccoli and Enjoy!!

Help save the dolphins.

 

Every year in Japan thousands of dolphins are slaughtered. Huge pods of dolphins are herded into the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan. The "prettier" dolphins are captured and sent to captivity for dolphin shows. The others are killed.

Now Japan is holding Ric O'barry, founder of the Dolphin Project and producer of the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove", prisoner on false accusations in Japan.

Click here to sign the petition to free Ric and help end the dolphin slaughter:

https://dolphinproject.net/take-action/release-ric-obarry-from-custody-in-japan/

Unplug your phone, and plug back in to nature...

Time to unplug people. Turn that phone off for a couple hours and put your feet in the sand. Let the earth recharge your natural biology.

 We as humans have become so inundated with technology that we are moving into an almost transhuman state. Our brains work at lightning fast speed, or atleast as fast as we can type into the google search bar. Our phones have given us the ability to access any information known to man and communicate with people in the far corners of our planet in a mater of seconds.

 

Homo Sapiens are a species like all other animal species. We are a form of ape in fact, wether you like to believe that or not. So, We need to remember as we move forward in this technological era to continue balancing in our biology and our zoology. Human evolution can not keep up with the technical evolution. The more technology we apply to our lives, the more we throw our own lives out of its natural balance.

 

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying all this technology is bad. Quite the opposite, this technology is incredible and changing the world for the better from communication to medicine. Scientist are on the verge of huge medical breakthroughs in biotech and gene therapy that will extend lifetime expectancies by decades. Our phones and computers have given the world access to incredible amounts of information. International communication is at the highest and most efficient its ever been, literally making the world small.

 

The downside of all this technology is we have lost touch with nature and our natural biology. Wifi , TVs, computers, and artificial lighting surround us constantly, blasting us with Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) that our foreign to our natural biology. These are new technologies in our lives and they are sort of habituating in the same way that other addictive substances are like tobacco, drugs, etc. How else can we justify the sudden urges to check Instagram, or think about how you feel when you realize you don't have your phone on you, or the battery is low. Full on panic time!! OK, I admit it, I feel lost without my phone. I feel like I’m running around naked without it. I’m guilty of this too.  All those–things need to be moderated, right? Everything needs to be used in sort of moderation or else we abuse the tool, including our phones and computers.

 

What’s wrong with all these EMFs you ask? Well the full science on that is still out since these are relatively new technologies, but there is little doubt from the medical and scientific communities that EMF exposure is not healthy. Humans are adapted to the electromagnetic rhythms of our planet and the electromagnetic rhythms of our Wi-Fi routers and phones were not designed to be optimized with our biology. Our key organs, like the heart and brain, function on our natural electromagnetic rhythms. All of these organs function off very delicate electromagnetic rhythms. Introducing these foreign positively charged EMFs into our body throws off the natural balance of electromagnetic fields and changes our composition on a molecular level. When we talk about things that are toxic to us, almost always these are positively charged substances. And we wonder why in the face of modern medicine why diseases like cancer, autism, heart disease, diabetes, etc are on the rise. Maybe its because we have gotten so far away from our natural biology and natural zoology.

 So what can we do to let out our inner monkey and get back to our natural biology? Here’s a few ideas:

Turn your bedroom into a more natural “den”. Return to our zoology and give your body a safe, clean, natural shelter to sleep and recharge in overnight. At night, unplug your Wi-Fi.  When you go to sleep, I don’t see any reason to have that on and same thing with our phones, switch off or to airplane mode when we go to sleep so that we’re not receiving that constant bombardment of that electromagnetism. Sidenote; keep your phone out of your pocket. They were not designed to be kept inches from our privates. If you must keep the phone in your pocket get a piece of laminate that contains a silver mesh that blocks EMF.  You can put that in your pocket and your phone on the other side of that so there’s a barrier between your body, or your backpack or your purse wherever you carry that.  And that will still allow your phone to pick up signal on the other side away from your body.

 Now, back to recreating a habitat that is similar to the one we are biologically adapted to; take that TV out of your room and read a book. Get rid of as many electronics and EMFs as possible in your den. Note; the electromagnets that are in fans and other spinning devices are also guilty of emitting EMFs. Get yourself an EMF meter and just check out how many are floating around your home. A good one is the Trifield 100XE EMF Meter for 119$ on Amazon.

Once you can see these EMFs you can begin creating a more natural sleep den that is EMF free. Get your self a good negative ionizer and put it in your bedroom. By using good quality ionizers and by cleaning up our local atmosphere, We can start to recreate healthy habitat in our personal lives. Reading that book before bed will feed your brain, and falling asleep in your new EMF free fresh air den will rejuvenate your body. You will sleep better and deeper and wake up healthier and better rested. We are biologically adapted to the natural rhythms of the Earth, so we wanna try to maintain as much of that in our lives.

 Maybe the most important thing we can do is Earthing. Get outside and get back to nature. the things that are poisonous to us are electropositive. Grounding ourselves in the earth helps discharge those positive electrons. But, even more beneficial than the discharge that happens is the electrical up-charge that happens when we’re in contact with the earth. When we’re contact with the Earth we’re drawing electrons, free electrons, up from the earth into our cells. These are negatively charged electrons that absorb the toxic compounds our bodies are constantly absorbing. We need as many electrons as we can get into our body to fight those positively charged ions and build our immune systems, to stop free radical cascading.  So when we are earthing, truly earthing, we’re pulling free electrons into our body.  It’s basically like guzzling free antioxidants. 

 Think of it like if you’ve got an iPhone, you see what happens after a day of using that phone and not plugging it in, the battery dies. This is similar to us. Being barefoot on the earth is like plugging yourself in to an electrical outlet and recharging yourself. You’re recharging yourself with electricity in the form of these free electrons from mother earth.

 

Technology has created this virtual world we now live in. We are surrounded by EMFs, Wifi, cell phones, computers, artificial lighting, artificial air, artificial foods stuffed with HMO’s and pesticides. We’re living in a little virtual world we’ve created around our planet, and we didn’t stop and think about making that harmonious with our biology. So we’ve created something not dissimilar to a space station for ourselves.  We’ve become like aliens to our own planetary landscape.

 It’s really important that we try to harmonize our environment with nature as much as we can and that’s not just on the electromagnetic level, that’s on the atmospheric level, that’s on the nutritional level, that’s on the hydrological level.  We wanna make sure everything that we’re putting into our bodies and bringing into our homes is compatible with our biology and if we’re not doing that; all the kind of latest fanciest health trends aren’t really gonna help us if we’re fundamentally battling our biology at the basic level on our own homes. So get outside, unplug from your electronics and plug back into the earth, and get back to your natural biology.

 

Why we use recycled plastics??

Here's why:

Photo
The carcass of an albatross chick that was fed plastic by its parents.CreditClaire Fackler/PNAS
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

Seabirds like albatross, petrels and penguins face a growing threat from plastic waste in parts of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans, according to a new study published on Monday.

Brightly colored floating bits – debris that includes items such as discarded flip-flops, water bottles and popped balloons – often attract seabirds, which confuse them for food like krill or shrimp. Many die from swallowing the plastic.

The problem received some national attention in 2013 with the documentary “Midway,” which showed a remote island in the Pacificcovered in corpses of baby albatross. Their exposed innards revealed lighters, bottle caps and toothbrushes mistakenly fed to them by their parents.

The number of incidents like these is rapidly increasing, according to the new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers from Australia and Britain analyzed a number of papers from 1962 to 2012 that had surveyed 135 seabirds. The team found that fewer than 10 percent of seabirds had traces of plastic in their stomachs during the 1970s and 1980s. They estimated that today that number has increased to about 90 percent of seabirds. And they predict that 99 percent of all seabirds will swallow plastic in 2050.

For Erik Van Sebille, an oceanographer at Imperial College London and co-author of the paper, the most surprising findings from their analysis were the locations where seabirds were most likely to ingest plastic.

Researchers had previously thought that giant garbage patchesswirling between Hawaii and California were the most likely places where birds would eat the waste. Instead, most seabirds are ingesting plastic at hotspots that stretch from Australia and New Zealand to South Africa and Chile.

Boris Worm, a marine biologist from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia who was not involved in the research, said that seabird deaths are the most visible sign of a larger threat that plastics pose to marine wildlife like fish, whales and sea turtles.

“It’s an indicator that our world is literally getting clogged by plastic,” he said.

The study’s authors suggest stricter regulations on plastic production, consumption and disposal, as well as the development of plastics that degrade in seawater.

Global plastic production has doubled every 11 years since the 1950s and currently tops 300 million tons per year. Currently more thanseven million tons of plastic trash end up in the ocean, often a result of improper dumping into rivers that wash into the sea.
—NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

Harvest on the front Lines of the Santa Barbara oil spill

Last Tuesday, an onshore pipeline belonging to the Texas-based oil company Plains All American burst, spewing roughly 105,000 gallons of crude down a storm drain and into an undeveloped stretch of coastline just north of Santa Barbara. We wanted to get a closer look at the environmental impacts, and do what we could to help clean up so we spent a couple days volunteering around the spill area, and soon a baby elephant seal would be thanking us.


Ground zero for the spill occurred near Refugio State beach and El Capitan State beaches. These areas have been completely closed off to the public. Armed guards patrol these areas keeping the public's prying eyes away, and focused on other issues while trained clean up crews work to clean the beaches and shorelines around these state parks. It's unclear if these guards were hired by the oil company for the public's safety, or if they have more to hide on those beaches, or both.

North and south of those two beaches there are pockets of concerned citizens volunteering to clean up the oil company's mess. That's where our mission begins. 

The spill affects an approximately 20 mile stretch of coast from Arroyo Hondo beach stretching south nearly to UCSB. This region of the Santa Barbara Chanel that stretches from the coast out to the Channel Islands is often called the “Galapagos of the north” for its ecological richness and diversity. The channel offers habitat to porpoises, dolphins, seals and sea lions, in addition to serving as a migratory passage for blue and humpback whales and a range of birds. 

South of the spill is a 9 mile stretch of privately owned coastline with no public access. Being somewhat local to the area, We knew of a couple surf spots located in that stretch, but getting to them requires a pretty solid hike. 

After a couple hours hike in we finally made it up into some usually pristine isolated beaches, only to be shocked by what we saw. Oil everywhere.. Beaches and rocks stained and sprinkled with raw crude oil. But the most depressing sight was the number of wildlife affected by the spill. We saw dozens of birds and pelicans with completely black oil slicked under bellies and beaks, and a number of dead pelicans and even a seal lifeless on these beaches.

This stretch of coastline is a wildlife preserve. Seals and other animals love these beaches because they are still relatively unimpacted by humans because of the lack of development and public access. It was great to see some other dedicated locals working to clean the oil of the sand so the wildlife could have their beaches back.

Bucket by bucket we hauled small chunks of oil stained sand off the beach. Then racked any other debri or small bits of oil into piles to be shoveled off and removed. This process was repeated hundreds of times at various hidden beaches by dozens of concerned citizens, including ourselves. But still the tide brings more chunks of crude oil onto the beaches with every pull from the moon. After cleaning a small cove to the best of our ability we decided to hike even further north up the beach towards ground zero in search of marine life in distress. This is where we found our Elephant seal pup covered in oil and barely clinging to life.

Elephant seals are protected species. Their populations were dwindled down to a few due to commercial fishing in the early 1900s. Since then their populations have been rising, but they are still endangered. We knew it was important to get this elephant seal pup help asap. We called Wildlife Fish and Game, 911, and every other number those two organizations gave us. All our calls got the same response; "We are not sure we can get to you because our resources are maxed out". Apparently there are so many marine animals affected by the oil spill they can not all be rescued.

At that point we decided to split up. One of us went for help and I stayed with the seal. It would be over 3 hours until I saw another human. I spent that time trying to keep the seal alive. I tried cleaning the oil of it with a wet shirt but that was useless. The oil was caked on, Mostly around its head and eyes. I spent most of the time just sitting with it, talking to it and wiping it down with a wet shirt, just trying to keep it from slipping away. I even tried to reach out to the many oil company helicopters I saw flying overhead by writing messages in the sand. I felt like a shipwrecked survivor on an island trying to signal planes flying overhead with rescue messages written in the sand. None of my attempts were answered. 

Northern elephant seals are the largest phocid, or "true" seal, in the Northern Hemisphere. Fully grown males can reach lengths of over 13 feet and can weigh nearly 4,400 pounds. Females are significantly smaller than males, but are also quite large growing to about 10 feet long and weighing up to 1,300 pounds. Pups are born in early winter from December to January. Northern elephant seal pups are about 4 feet long and weigh about 75 lbs at birth. Our seal was very dehydrated but i guessed still weighed around 120-150 lbs.

Elephant seal pups are very vulnerable during oil spills because the mother/pup bond is affected by the odor. Seals use smells to identify their young. If the mother cannot identify its pup by smell in the large colony it may not feed it or it might even reject attempts by the pup to suckle. This leads to starvation and abandonment. Oil will also attack exposed sensitive tissues. These include mucous membranes that surround the eyes and line the oral cavity, respiratory surfaces, anal and urogenital orifices. This can cause corneal abrasions, conjunctivitis and ulcers. Consumption of oil-contaminated prey will lead to the accumulation of hydrocarbons in tissues and organs. Hydrocarbons of oil are transferred rapidly to the bloodstream from the lungs and can damage red blood cells, suppress immune systems, strain the liver, spleen and kidneys and even interfere with the reproductive system of animals and humans.

My seal was running out of time. I could see death in her eyes when she looked at me. She knew it too. She begged me to do something with each gaze. It was gut wrenching to have her look at me and know we were both helpless right now. My anger at this disaster turned to sadness at the loss of life i was witnessing. I had been out there for hours after calling for help and was starting to think no one was coming. I considered carrying the seal, even tried to pick her up at one point, but i felt her weight and didn't think i could make it a few miles down the soft sand to civilization with her.

The tide was coming up and now I was starting to worry about my safety. There were a couple points along the hike where even at low tide the ocean was close to the bluffs. I took notice when i was walking out that if the tide got to high i would not be able to get around a couple points. The tide and the steep rock walls of the bluffs would close the door on me. We were out of time. I debated on my options, but I couldn't leave this little seal to die. So i stayed as the tide continued to rise.

From my vantage point I could see pretty far down the beach. I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I finally saw human movement along the beach about a half mile south of me a couple coves away. I took off towards them at a full run. Something told me they were our salvation. When I got close enough to them to read Marine mammal rescue on one of their shirts my heart filled with joy. Four amazing volunteers from the California Fish and Game and the California Wildlife Center had arrived to save the day. My seal had a chance.

I quickly debriefed them on the seal's condition and led them to her location. They confirmed it was a baby elephant seal and thought it was a female but could not confirm that because she was so dehydrated and emaciated. 

We proceeded to load the seal into a large dog kennel and begin the long hike back down the beach. The Kennel had no real handles other then the lip where the top piece of the kennel fastens to the base, leaving not much more then finger tip grips on the side of the kennel. This seal was not light and as she moved around in the kennel the weight got even harder to deal with. My forearms were on fire as we slowly carried her to safety. It took us well over an hour or two to hike her out with regular stops to rest and drink water. Apparently I need to do more rock climbing because my forearms were sore for days after carrying our seal down the beach, up the bluffs and finally to the Fish and Game truck, where she was loaded and taken to a rescue center. There she will be cleaned, given food and fluids until she is strong enough to be returned to the wild.

We saved Her!

Thats the good news. The bad news is there are still hundreds of seals and birds covered in oil, and in need of help. The story is being grossly under played by the media and the powers that be. I saw on CNN yesterday they were reporting 1 Seal and 5 Pelicans had been killed so far and 1 Seal and 9 Pelicans had been rescued and were being treated for oil exposure. That is incorrect. I saw more then that with my own eyes. The environmental and economic damage from this spill and others like it around the world will be felt for decades. The oil companies and the media never give us the full truth. Thats why its important for concerned citizens to do whatever we can to hold these corporations accountable, Wether its helping on the ground volunteering at disaster points, writing your government officials, or just staying informed and spreading the word. You have a voice, use it and be heard. You alone can make a difference.

 

 

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