The Beacon: KC's blog
We all know that the approach of August means Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, but this summer it also means an industrial trawler’s load of ocean programming on Discovery’s Planet Green. This year, Planet Green has dubbed the month Blue August and will be featuring Oceana videos and content on their airwaves and webpage. Be sure to watch out for Oceana’s Scared for Sharks PSA featuring January Jones.
As a part of Blue August, Planet Green is also launching the Ban the Bags, Butts, and Bottles Challenge. The Challenge encourages people to stop litter before it pollutes beaches and waterfronts and harms marine wildlife. Participants in the challenge have a chance to win a solar backpack and can submit pictures to Planet Green’s website for a chance to be profiled.
Plus, picking up plastic does a world of good for a slew of ocean creatures, including sea turtles, who can mistake plastic bags for a meal. So take the challenge -- we dare you.
And have a very blue August!
Swim. Bike. Run. Those were the only three actions on the minds of thousands of participants in Sunday’s Nautica New York City Triathlon. Thanks to a generous invitation from Nautica - an Oceana corporate sponsor – Jon Frank and I arrived in the Big Apple on Thursday for three days of information sharing with these tremendous athletes (and their entourages!)
Regardless of whether we met someone from Western Australia or the Upper West Side, there was a definite connection between the triathletes and the well being of our blue planet. Scuba divers, recreational fisherman and surfers were among the crowd, and they all enjoyed relating their experiences from the Hudson River to Lake Placid to Kailua Bay. With the help of an energetic and passionate volunteer corps, we generated hundreds of new Wavemakers for Oceana’s eNewsletter and spread the word about protecting the oceans to hundreds more.
Aside from our volunteer support, we had seven athletes participate on behalf of “Team Oceana.” In addition to their training duties prior to the race, these altruistic gladiators put forth maximum effort toward individual fundraising goals and helped raise over $3000 for Oceana.
As an Irishman, I've seen my share of green beer on St. Patty's Day. But I've never seen blue beer -- until now. I have no idea how it tastes, but Okhotsk Blue Draft is sure to catch your eye.
This Japanese export claims to be “made using water melted from icebergs that float each year onto Hokkaido beaches from the chilly Sea of Okhotsk, an arm of the North Pacific ocean bordered by Japan and Russia.” And the color? That comes from seaweed that is used to tinge the brew that ever so delightful shade of Columbia Blue.
I am interested in trying this libation, but I wonder how "green" this blue beer is. Are these chunks of iceberg melting on their own or is the brewmeister out there with a hair dryer taking matters into his own hands? Let's hope this beer isn't contributing to climate change.
Back in December, Oceana co-worker Jon Frank and I were lucky enough to spend a week traveling through Guatemala. Christa, another Oceana employee and native Guatemalan, gave us a whirlwind tour of the country -- from Guatemala City to the city of Antigua to Panajachel in the mountains to the Pacific coast -- and it was all beautiful (you can see for yourself at the photo slideshow.)
On our trip we were lucky enough to meet someone in great need of Oceana’s help: Lepidochelys olivacea, the olive ridley sea turtle.
If you are like me, you like the oceans. You also like lemon-lime Gatorade, sunsets, and a website called the Daily Puppy. Oh, and you also like the pomp and circumstance of award shows. So guess who's just been nominated for his 13th Emmy? The one and only actor and Oceana board member Mr. Ted Danson.
On my daily walk from the Foggy Bottom metro to the Oceana office I noticed a fu
Oceana does its best to get the message out to protect sharks, but apparently sharks are not getting the message.
Some might recognize Sam Waterston for his role as Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S. in the John Water's romp Serial Mom or as the peddler of robot insurance for Saturday Night Live's fictional Old Glory Insurance commercial. But I would venture to say that the majority of people who know Sam Waterston have seen him as the hard-nosed prosecutor Jack McCoy on NBC's "Law and Order."
Today Oceana announced that Waterston, who grew up on the New England Coast, is jumping ship from Oceana's Ocean Council to the Board of Directors. Click more to read excerpts from the press release. ...
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