Regeneration is a real super power

Sand star four arms

Recently, I came across this sand star that only had four arms. What happened to its fifth arm? I wondered. Then I thought, it doesn’t matter because sea stars have the power to regenerate their limbs. This got me thinking, humans are obsessed with super powers these days. The Marvel and DC Comics movies are… [read more]

Searching for tree trimming answers

Atlanta tree

Over the holidays, I made an unexpected trip to Atlanta for a family emergency. My sister fell off a horse and broke her right scapula and two vertebrae. Actually, the doctor used the term crushed for one of the vertebra. Needless to say, it was a super scary time and while she could still move… [read more]

The recycling bandit strikes again

Recycling bin

The New Year started with a reappearance of the recycling bandit. My apartment building has one recycling bin for six units and on occasion it gets really full, especially around the holidays when people are receiving tons of packages in the mail. But this shouldn’t be a big deal because the City of Los Angeles… [read more]

Waves of gratitude

waves of gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the perfect day to say thanks to everyone who donated to my Crowdrise campaign for the StartingBloc fellowship program. Thanks to your generosity, I will be going in February 2016 and I’m really looking forward to it! Also, thanks to all my Ocean Wild Things readers, I appreciate your support and… [read more]

Shop for the oceans this holiday season

Whale tail3

It’s that time of year when holiday shopping is all the rage. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the onslaught of holiday deals. But instead of spending all your money at the usual department stores or online corporations, spread a little ocean love by shopping at and donating to your favorite ocean organization. Many nonprofits have… [read more]

A new look for Ocean Wild Things

OWT original1a

Say good-by to the old Ocean Wild Things website format and hello to a new design! I’m very excited to announce that Ocean Wild Things has a new look that officially launched on November 12, 2014. I’ve been working on this off and on for the last month…well actually my tech guru Kim Woodbridge has… [read more]

Imagine a country where everyone voted

Election Day on Nov. 4 reminded me of my last interaction with an elected official’s office. It was the middle of August and SB 270, the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, was working its way through the California State Assembly. At that point, the bill had made it out of committee and was headed… [read more]

Honor July 4th throughout the year by saying something

Happy 4th of July! This day is all about celebrating independence, democracy and freedom. But what is the point of celebrating these gifts every July if we don’t make the most of them during the rest of the year? This has been the question on my mind since I attended the Pacific Fisheries Management Council… [read more]

Gray whale inspiration for New Year’s resolutions

Gray whale in lagoons

Gray whales migrate past Southern California every year and of course 2014 is no exception. In fact, gray whale sightings recorded by the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project during December were the highest in 30 years! On January 14th they spotted 37 gray whales in one day. If one of your New Year’s… [read more]