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Spiritless Dolphin ending life in a tank..

Second-generation wolphin female "Kawili ...

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This is so sad, the dolphin would rather die then live in captivity in a tank. (video below)

I am humbled and totally mesmerized by the look of the other dolphins watching from inside the tank, wonder what they are thinking, what would they ask us??

I ask myself,  how did this happen? For entertainment or important research? Sadly, the reality is most certainly greed.

We hope you remember this video when going or taking  kids to be entertained by captive wild creatures whether cages, tanks or in tourist boats. The risk  for dolphins and other creatures are  broken spirits and dwindling populations.

I would suggest watching the movie The Cove also. With its graphic and dire scenes of  slaughter, you can see and hear the real life consequences for dolphins who have become a commodity.

There are positive alternatives, you can give a donation in your family, friends or kids name!

What if you take the cost of admission to a water park or boat trip and donate to organizations that are protecting these magnificent creatures?  What a great holiday gift!

So much positive can come from teaching and learning to do our part to save not enslave the earth’s and ocean’s vulnerable creatures.

All of us at Ocean Girl Project sustainable surf camp are doing all that we can to inspire, educate and uplift in the spirit of honoring sustainable life in Hawaii and in our ocean.  We offer this all children, regardless of ability to pay.

There is a great organization in Hawaii  that is working to  save the wild dolphins…

Up until 1995,  spinner dolphins were found in particular areas on a daily basis in pods of 65-70 animals. Today, in these same areas, they are present only a few days out of the month and the pod has shrunk to an average of 35 animals. This disruption appears to be caused by intense and unregulated visitation by dolphin tour boats.

The Wild Dolphin Foundation needs  help in protecting these majestic creatures.  click link to read more

Where ever and however you choose to give this holiday, please consider helping to save ocean creatures from harm and doing all that you can in keeping our oceans plastic free. Mahalo!


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Art with a purpose, underwater people reef complete

‘The Silent Evolution’ by Jason deCaires Taylor is comprised of 400 permanent sculptures in Mexican waters.

Isla Mujeres in Cancun, the site of “The Silent Evolution” Photos courtesy of Jason deCaires Taylor

Coral reefs are an integral part of oceanic wildlife. They make up less than 0.2 percent of the world’s oceans, but they are home to one-fourth of all marine life. They filter the water, feed the fish, buffer coastal areas from storms, and provide homes for oceanic life. And as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, a coral reef-like structure can also take the form of an impressive underwater art exhibit.

Taylor views the statues as a metaphor for the evolution of human life, but they also exist as part of actual marine life, operating as an artificial reef. The installation will be inaugurated on November 27, 2010 to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor recently completed “The Silent Evolution,” an underwater museum and permanent sculpture exhibit set up in the waters near Cancun, Mexico. It is located in the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Punta Nizuc.
Experts hope that the exhibit, easily accessible by snorkeling, will alleviate some of the tourist traffic on the nearby natural coral reefs. Cancun Marine Park is in close proximity and receives up to 750,000 tourists annually.
Called “awe-inspiring” and “surreal” by the L.A. Times, the exhibit is 400 sculptures of people standing silently on the ocean’s floor, eyes closed, heads tilted towards the surface. As deCaires Taylor shared with the Times, the exhibit has “taken 18 months, required 120 tons of cement, sand and gravel, 3,800m of fiberglass, 400kg of silicone, 8,000 miles of red tape, 120 hours working underwater and $250,000.”
Coral reefs are under assault all over the globe. Sewage and agricultural run-off from coastal areas poison many reefs via toxic algae blooms that can cut off their much-need oxygen supply. Human visitors also cause extensive damage by literally knocking into the ecosystems, breaking off pieces of souvenir coral, and dragging boats and anchors across its fragile surfaces.

"underwater sculpture", "artificial reef", "marine life", Mexico, "Jason deCaires Taylor"

We probably don’t have to mention the life-threatening conditions natural reefs are under today due to human behavior. However, artificial reefs, which are quite a new phenomenon, have proved to be a very good alternative as they are durable, environmentally friendly and offer relief to the natural ones as they can regenerate. With 400 life-size human sculptures installed 9 meters below sea level, Silent Evolution plays many roles, but it is foremost an artificial reef encouraging the growth of marine life. Taylor’s sculptures are created with a pH-neutral concrete, reinforced with fiberglass, which (surprisingly) attracts marine life. Taylor also ‘rescues’ coral damaged in storms or by humans, and replants these on his sculptures.

In all its beauty there’s something a bit eerie about The Silent Evolution. Is it the closed eyes, the surrounding blue hue of the sea, or perhaps the emotions the lifeless sculptures still seem to express? There’s a strong feeling of hope in the work, even though the physical structure of the sculptures look as though the people have been tied together. Taylor’s message can be read in many different ways and voices, but what he does succinctly is to remind us of our close relation to – and not to mention dependency on – nature. It definitely causes one to pause.

Made from environmentally friendly materials, deCaires Taylor’s sculpture promotes awareness of the plight of coral. The artist says his sculpture garden in Mexico is only in the first stages of development. As he told the Los Angeles Times, “I would also like to point out that this installation is by no means over and the second phase is dependent on nature’s artists of the sea, to nurture, evolve and apply the patina of life.”
Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.

Women Surfers Make History at Big Wave World Tour

The 2010 event was held in the largest waves ever surfed at Nelscott Reef.  Buoy readings peaked at 24.6’@16 seconds producing some 50 foot faces.  Sunny and glassy conditions persisted all day.  Making it to the finals were Kohl Christensen, Peter Mel, Jamie Sterling, Rusty Long, Chris Bertish, Kealii Mamala.

The women’s event, which was the World’s first, ran the next morning and included Keala Kennelly, Savannah Shaughnessy, and Mercedes Maidana.  Keala Kennelly won and dedicated the win to close friend Andy Irons, who passed away the day before.

It may not be as big of a deal as women’s suffrage, but it was certainly historic for today’s women surfers. The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, one of the stops on the Big Wave World Tour, included women for the first time–by way of the very first female heat.

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is held annually on the Oregon coast, but until this year’s event, even big-wave-riding females have been excluded.  HA, that is funny.

Women already are surfing big waves, including Tahiti’s infamous Teahupoo. Some of the women who have ridden waves such as these were at Nelscott Reef last week. The 32-year-old Hawaiian surfer Keala Kennelly, who was actually the first female to ride Teahupoo, won against her two female competitors at Nelscott Reef on Wednesday. You so rock Keala!!

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic this year produced some of the biggest waves in its history–with some 50 foot faces.

“… the women surfers stared down wave faces four and five times their body length and a breaking point that shifted around the reef and had them skittering out of the way and struggling to set up on waves.”

At the end of this year’s event, the surfers, regardless of gender, reportedly agreed that it’s high time women had their own big wave tour.

We’ll see what happens, but here’s hoping!

KK is one of our favorite people and an astounding big wave surfer.  Wishing  you endless waves of joy sweetie pie!

Much Aloha, Auntie Colleen

“The best surfer in the world is the one who’s having the most fun”



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