Under the Responsibility: Carrying the Weight of the Ocean

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There is no Sarah Mclachlan song playing here. No one telling you to donate to the cause. Just a genuine urging to keep our oceans alive and thriving with simple acts.

Donating money to a cause is admirable but there are also simpler and more probable ways most people will take action. And people feel astoundingly better and more certain by having a hands-on effect on something.

Here are a few of those simple things:

  •  If you see a sick seal, whale, bird or other sea animal you can call a local Marine Animal Rescue Center. These animals are usually alone, sluggish, and (in the case of seals) will have patchy fur and wrinkled skin from hunger.

Depending on where you are in California, you can google Marine Animal Rescue Centers and find them throughout the state. If you are in Orange County/Los Angeles area call the Pacific Marine Animal Center at 949-494-3050 or Marine Animal Rescue at 310-455-2729.

There has been an influx of sick baby seals on the Southern California shores that has overwhelmed non-profit animal rescues for years. Scientists are still trying to figure out why so many seals are going hungry and then isolating themselves on our shores. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure it out. Overfishing in our seas is having tremendous consequences on sea life.

  • Tie up and seal your food that you bring to the beach to prevent seagull attacks!

Now this may seem cute and funny when you see it, but it’s actually neither. Our food is barely good enough for us, let alone a wild animal. A bird does not digest the same way we do and this causes problems for them whether you choose to turn a blind eye or not. These animals become dependent on us for their next unnourishing meal. So just remember to watch your food and seal it up!

  • If you see glass or trash on the beach, take a second to pick it up and walk the 100-200 yards to the trash cans provided on the beach.

There are usually trashcans near the boardwalks. 2 minutes of your time saves the year or more of floating that piece of trash does in our ocean. Not to mention, no one likes stepping on glass! If you are visiting from out of state, this does not exempt you from caring because you can leave and forget it. Just remember everything comes back around. It’s a cycle of nature that effects everything and everyone.

If you would like to volunteer to clean up our beaches, visit the California Coastal Commission for their California Coastal Clean Up Day Saturday, September 19, 2015.

So, simple right?! These are just a minimum of things we can do to help out with very little effort. Think about what the ocean has given you. Food, beautiful and inspiring scenery, maybe a fun weekend or vacation. Give back to the ocean and the creatures in it! Even if it’s not monetary, we all can give back in a small way.