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Although I am an animal advocate, the loss of human lives in the rig explosion on April 20, 2010 is the original tragedy of this disaster. My prayers are with the families of the 11 workers who were killed and those who are recovering from their injuries.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Back to School / Shark Expert's Thoughts / AWESOME Whales!

Okay, school has started and I am behind in updating my blog – SORRY! I am going to let my mom update it with me so that together, we can make sure there is a weekly update. We will let you know which one of us is updating each time, and as always, nothing is posted without my review.

My sister, cousin, mom & I went to New Orleans to meet with Miss Gina Trapani of the Audubon Institute and give her our first check! We got to see several Kemp’s Riley sea turtles that have been rescued & are on exhibit at the aquarium. Check out the pictures on the kidslovethegulf Facebook page. I really love the gulf oil rig exhibit at the Aquarium of the Americas – it is really cool and reminds me of all of the different fish that swim in the gulf. These rigs are important to the gulf wildlife because they create artificial reefs and shelter. It is amazing what all lives there.

Several of the first turtles that were rescued were released into the wild this past week. Check out http://www.wafb.com/global/story.asp?s=13004973 for the story.

The Washington Post had Andy Dehart, marine biologist and shark advisor to Discovery Channel's Shark Week, was online on Aug. 4, to discuss the series, swimming with sharks & conservation. Here’s what he had to say about the spill’s effect on the shark population:
Q. Effects of the Oil spill on Sharks? I know that predators at the top of food chains can be particularly sensitive to ecological disasters if one or two food sources are affected. What is the potential magnitude of the impact on Atlantic Shark populations of this BP Spill? How long do you expect we'll see those effects?
A. Andy Dehart writes:The potential for long term damage to shark populations is huge!  This disaster could affect the entire gulf ecosystem for decades.  The gulf is home to a huge variety of shark species, many of which use the northern Gulf of Mexico to pup and then the young stay in the area for years feeding on the abundant fish.  As sharks are slow to mature, have few young and often do not breed every year this spill could throw off that cycle for years to come. There is also the direct affect to sharks that get oil on their gills and then suffocate or the ones that are poisoned through eating small levels of toxic oil residue in numerous fish called bioaccumulation. – August 04, 2010 12:23 PM  

Finally, here are a few links to some cool videos of WHALES right in our very own Gulf of Mexico!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idxniMZSFKI  … sperm whale swimming by an ROV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb-hujQs2dY … another sperm whale investigating an ROV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPWbFg2HWE … killer whales off of Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeHdLMJ5oAA … killer whales off of Orange Beach, FL.

How cool is that!?!
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's DONATION DAY! We are heading down to New Orleans to give the Audubon Institute the first check for $5000!!!!!

In the news, BP is continuing to stop the flow of oil & kill the well. BUT THE RECOVERY IS NOT OVER! As the oil breaks down, the need for animal emergency rescue lessens. BUT there are many, many animals out there that cannot be rescued. The oil has affected the food chain and we need to continue to help the coast & gulf recover. This week, CCA (Coastal Conservation Association)sent a letter to BP urging the company to approve funding of a proposal made by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for a saltwater hatchery system on the coast. They believe the hatchery system is a good long-term solution for the recovery of several important species.

There are many things we can do to help ... one of them is learning all you can about the gulf and telling everyone you know about kidslovethegulf.org!! Let's keep on pushing for our next goal: $10,000!!!!
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Dear friends and kids who love the gulf! Bistro Byronz is having a 'fun'draiser for us!!!! We have some fun things planned, so please come out & enjoy GOOD FOOD for a GOOD CAUSE! On MONDAY, AUGUST 9th, they are donating 20% of in house food orders and 10% of to-go orders to kidslovethgeulf.org!!!!!!

So, save the date!
kidslovethegulf.org LOVES Bistro Byronz!
5412 Government Street
5:00 p.m. til close
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Happy Shark Week everyone! This week is my favorite week of the year-Shark Week + my birthday! I love shark week so much because the way they film the sharks is so cool. The sharks are amazing because of their grace and size. The whole family watched Shark Week last night. Check out things on Shark Week at the discovery channel site.  They have cool games (like ‘shark yourself’) and quizzes to test your knowledge.  There are several important species of sharks in the gulf like the bull shark, the tiger shark, the mako, the cookie cutter, the blue shark, and one of the coolest: the whale shark. Check out the LIVE webcam at the Georgia Aquarium – they have at least 2 whale sharks!!!!

I just got back room the Gulfarium camp in Fort Walton Beach. The camp was so cool – we had a dolphin encounter, fed the sting rays and learned a lot about the tortoises, sea turtles, pinnipeds (sea lions & seals), river otters, sharks and the exotic birds they house there. The camp was headed by Miss Chris and Mr. Frank – it was really fun. We did not see any oil on the beach – one day there were a few small tar balls, but they were more like hard rocks or driftwood – not the goopy stuff you see on the news. The beach was still beautiful and we had fun jumping waves & body boarding. On the way home we ate at Lu Lu’s (Jimmy Buffet’s sister’s restaurant) and I had the best burger ever.

Some cool things have been happening with the website - we got an order from ALASKA! We also received a donation from a soldier stationed on the FOB Endeavor – really cool. We are trying to work with The Audubon Institute to set up an appointment to go down to give a donation check this week before school starts. We are waiting to hear from them.


Another  local businesses are helping us out with our cause:

Yoga Bliss has placed some of our shirts in their studios – please go by if you get a chance.

They have 2 locations, but they are there depending on the class schedule, so please call to check to see when they are open.
Yoga Bliss                                                                                           
7384 Highland Rd
Kenilworth Plaza - 2nd Floor

Yoga Bliss- Mid City
1857 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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