Heading out of town for the fourth of July? As with any trip, you need a great destination and some tunes for the ride.
Our Ocean Heroes finalists have spent time on the beach and on the water, learning to appreciate and protect all the ocean has to offer. Each shoreline has its own unique qualities that make it special. We asked our finalists for their favorite ocean destination -- maybe some of them are heading there this week for the holiday!
We also asked them to pick their favorite ocean-related songs and bands, and we put together a Spotify playlist
Check out their answers below!
Place: My home beach, Rosemary Beach.
Song: The B-52's / Rock Lobster
Place: Little Cayman Island, Qamea, Fiji or Yap
Song: Adele / Rolling in the Deep
Place: St. Augustine, FL, where I live
Song: The Beach Boys / Good Vibrations
Place: I have lived on the ocean most of my life, and have traveled the world's oceans and coasts. I'd love to return to the NW Hawaiian Islands, the Oregon Coast, the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Mauritania, the coast of British Columbia, the Katmai coast in Alaska, St. Lawrence Island, Nunivak Island, Bering Strait, the Aleutians, the Arctic coast, Great Barrier Reef, and Prince William Sound (before the Exxon Valdez oil spill).
Song: Pat Benatar / Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Place: The Caribbean
Song: Jack Johnson / Good People
Place: That's a tough question, I enjoy many areas and terrain the beaches and ocean provide from Laguna Beach, Maine to the Oregon coast.
Song: Van Morrison / Into the Mystic
Place: Cumberland Island, Georgia
Song: George Fenton / Spinning Dolphins
Place: Florida Keys or Hawai'i
Song: Katy Perry / Part of Me
The Calvineers: Editor’s Note: This message comes from Bill McWeeny, the Principal Investigator and mentor for the Calvineers.
Place: I live directly on a small estuary in Maine. I cannot think of a better place to be. I imagine many of the Calvineers will grow up wanting to live near the sea since exploring and sailing and swimming are so much a part of their lives.
Song: Calvin Harris/ Feel So Close
Place: The Bahamas
Song: Bob Marley & The Wailers / Three Little Birds
Place: Cape town, South Africa
Song: Red Hot Chili Peppers / Can't Stop
You can check out all of these songs on our Spotify playlist.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite finalists, you have until July 11th to cast your vote!
Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): Cape Town, South Africa: Wikimedia Commons, Bahamas: Ricymar Fine Art Photography (via Flickr), Fiji: Miguel Sancheese (via Flickr), Bering Strait: NOAA, Caribbean: Franco Caruzzo (via Flickr), St. Augustine, FL: NOAA, Cumberland Island: NOAA, Laguna Beach: NOAA, Hawaii: Wikimedia Commons/Frank Schulenburg, Rosemary Beach: Chad Raggio (via Flickr), Maine Estuary: Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation (middle)