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September 28, 2011

WiLDCOAST reaches over 1,000 students through our Marine Conservation Presentations.

California has one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, with numerous species calling our waters home.

WiLDCOAST reaches over 1,000 students in San Diego and Los Angeles through our Marine Conservation Presentations.

In September of 2011 we had a great start to the school year!

Conservation Program Coordinator Diane Castaneda presented to an audience of 1,000 students in grades K-6 about the importance of marine conservation.  WiLDCOAST believes that educating students at an early age about ecosystem conservation is important for future generations of environmental leaders.

Through these presentations, students learned about different types of marine animals that live near the coast of California, and how simple things like plastic debris can affect the wellbeing of birds, sea turtles and other marine life.  

And YES! We have sea turtles in San Diego!

While many San Diegan’s are familiar with the dolphin, shark, whales and sea lions swimming up and down the coast of San Diego, many don’t know that there is also a small group of about 40-60 green sea turtles that migrate every year to San Diego from their nesting beaches in Mexico. They forage in the eelgrass beds of south San Diego Bay and swim in the warm waters.  Globally, sea turtles are vulnerable to multiple threats, and all seven species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction. It is therefore important to be very aware of our daily actions regarding solid waste.  Pieces of plastic bags that travel into the ocean are often confused as food and may eventually end up in a sea turtle’s stomach.  Through our “Turtle Talks” presentations we tell students about San Diego’s sea turtle population, and teach them how they can help to protect and conserve their home (the ocean) to make it clean and healthy!

Dolphins, like any other animals are also vulnerable to plastic pollution, fisheries by-catch, and boat strikes, among other things.  In partnership with Warner Brothers and Areas Group, WiLDCOAST highlighted the movie “Dolphin Tale” to discuss how animals in the ocean are threatened by human behaviors.  This new movie is about Winter, a dolphin that was injured by a crab-trap. Winter is not able to swim because she had lost her tail as a result of the accident.  Luckily, Winter gets help quickly and is able to survive thanks to a prosthetic tail and the help of veterinarians and animal advocates.  Although Winter survived, many marine animals are not that lucky; It is important that we understand at a young age how we can live protect our marine environment.