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Celebrating Our Oceans at Terranea

Written By Lauren Bergloff, Terranea’s Sustainability Leader and Naturalist

On Saturday, June 10, Terranea celebrated World Oceans Day alongside LA WaterkeeperMarine Mammal Care CenterArt to Grow OnOCDC Art & DesignAlgalita Marine Research Foundation, AltaSea, and International Bird Rescue. It was a lively Saturday filled with fun, adventure, and charitable causes!

The day started off a little cloudy, but that did not put a damper on our celebration! From 8:30 to 10:30AM, James Felgar, of South Bay Adventure Tours, took a couple guests and a local out on a “Kelp Forest Clean Up” kayak tour to start off the day of adventure and give-back. “Kelp Forest Clean Ups” are a fun way to give back to the environment by picking up trash along the discounted kayak tour from our beach cove to the lighthouse and back. Unfortunately, trash eventually gets caught up in the kelp forest because it is a natural barrier. Lately, we have been collecting balloons, straws, and plastic. Since the ban on plastic bags took effect in California, we have seen less plastic bags in the ocean! A win for the environment, all thanks to California voters!

Shortly after the kayak tour headed out to sea, AltaSea and the Marine Mammal Care Center set up informational booths outside of Pointe Discovery. AltaSea showcased their mission to accelerate scientific collaboration, facilitate job creation, and inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Krista Swingle and her team explained to guests and locals about how AltaSea will transform part of San Pedro into a 35-acre world-class ocean innovation institute. One of my favorite partners of AltaSea is the Catalina Sea Ranch, a venture that farms offshore shellfish in US Federal Waters. Check them out!

Not only did Marine Mammal Care Center set up a booth with skulls, puppets, stuffed animals, and sea trash, they also released two rehabilitated CA sea lions back into the wild! Around 9:30AM, I was the designated golf cart driver down the windy native plant trail down to the cove. After dropping off the first sea lion, there was an enormous crowd of locals, guests, and even two local TV stations! We went back up to the van and collected the second sea lion and made our way back down. Everyone was very excited and the event was well-documented! Kristi Fera, Community Relations Manager of MMCC, and I were able to talk a little bit about World Oceans Day and the sea lions, or “patients.” After being released, both sea lions gladly ran into the ocean and swam around the kelp forest. Not too shabby to be released off of Terranea’s beach cove right into a Marine Protected Area!

The next activity was a complimentary nature walk with one of our naturalists, Andrew Rodin. We offer a complimentary nature walk every day from 10-10:45AM, no reservation is necessary and it meets in the lobby! From 10AM to 2PM, Lauren Perelmuter, with Art To Grow On, set up fun art projects for children with an ocean theme at Nelson’s Lawn. Terranea will continue to offer these art classes throughout the summer for $10/child that is paid directly to Art To Grow On.

Cathy Nguyen, Sustainability & Engineering Assistant at Terranea Resort, was in charge of all the fun activities in front of Pointe Discovery and Sea Beans. There was gray whale cookie decorating, an aquaponics showcase, an interactive Ocean Wall, and storybook reading. James Felgar stayed busy at the beach cove when he took 14 people on the LA Waterkeeper MPA kayak paddle-out. Michael Quill, Marine Programs Director at LA Waterkeeper, spoke about the importance of Marine Protected Areas from his LA Waterkeeper boat. Throughout the day, Christie and Daniela, of OCDC Art & Design, painted swordfish, dolphins, and waves in honor of World Oceans Day at the lower lobby terrace. This is also an ongoing summer activity every Sunday! Everyone is welcome to come paint, especially people who have not discovered their inner artist.

In the afternoon, the booths took a twist as International Bird Rescue and Algalita took over with their amazing projects! Algalita brought all kinds of interesting sustainable options for our guests and locals. My favorite display of theirs was a wooden albatross filled with red plastic. To my understanding, albatrosses eat some sort of red fish and dive from the sky to collect them. Albatrosses cannot distinguish between their prey and plastic, so one particular albatross’ stomach was filled with almost all red plastic! International Bird Rescue had an awesome project that mimicked cleaning birds that unfortunately get caught in an oil spill. Instead of a bird, they used turkey feather and instead of oil, they used black tempura paint. Afterward, they cleaned it with Dawn soap.

At 1:30PM... SURPRISE! We released two rehabilitated Brown Pelicans back into the wild. Julie Skoglund, Operations Manager at International Bird Rescue, brought down one juvenile female and one adult male to be released. The majestic marine birds were released at the same time with help from two children volunteers on the beach cove. The adult male flew away almost instantly, but the juvenile female stayed awhile to pose for some photos. She eventually flew away and joined a flock of three other pelicans in the sky.

Our last couple activities included our coastal hike from 2-4PM and our Kids Club Ocean Themed party from 5:30-10PM. All in all, it was a fantastic day filled with fun!

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