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Beach Clean Up

As leaders in the whale watching community, we are blessed to be able to create a space for people to come and be caretakers for the beautiful environment in Southern California. Part of being an eco-tourism company means we have a dedication to educating the public about what’s really going on in the ocean.

Researchers now estimate that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. A majority of those plastics start on land and find their way back to the water. By hosting beach clean ups, we are giving our community space to grow together as caretakers, while giving back to the beautiful and varied coastline that brings so much wildlife to our shores every year.

We began 2018 by hosting a beach clean-up at Salt Creek Beach. The event was a great success! We had the pleasure of working alongside 40 of our fantastic community members to clean up nearly 25 pounds of trash and debris from the beach in just over an hour and a half! Most of that debris came in the form of small plastics, Styrofoam, and partially degraded debris. These small, partially degraded bits of trash are devastating for wildlife as it integrates with their food source and leaks toxic chemicals into their living spaces.

We are proud to be part of this community of caretakers. After the success of this initial clean-up, we thought, “Why not more?” We’ll be hosting at least 4 beach clean-ups throughout the year to give everyone the opportunity to give back and win some fun prizes in the raffle we host at the end of the event!

I could not believe how many tiny pieces of Styrofoam there were on the beach once we started looking for them. To think of all that material being in the ocean and ingested by marine life or birds is really disturbing. I was extremely happy to be able to clean it up and make sure that did not happen. Gisele (Mrs. Capt. Dave)

Clean Up Volunteer

We had a great time spending the morning at the beach picking up trash. The best surprise (other than the Barbie arm we found in the sand!) was all the surfers going out of their way to thank us. We really all do want to keep our beaches for everyone to enjoy. I’m definitely looking forward to going to the next clean-up! Melanie

Clean Up Volunteer

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Beach clean up volunteers show the debris they collected
Volunteers comb Salt Creek Beach for trash
Volunteers picking up trash at Salt Creek Beach
Volunteers pick up trash at Salt Creek Beach
 Almost 25 pounds of debris removed from the beach
Volunteers pick up trash at Salt Creek Beach
Volunteers scour Salt Creek Beach for trash
Salt Creek Beach clean up volunteers