This is a blog entry I wrote for our Cast B blog, but I thought it would interest you all too...
On Friday, September 14th, thirty of our cast had a community impact AND regional learning trip to
- Seals (which we saw swimming offshore and chilling on the rocks at Simpson reef) can hold their breath underwater for 10-15 minutes.
- There are 16 types of sharks that live off the
coast. Suzanne was relieved we didn’t meet any. Oregon
- We did see gray whales. They were close into shore and visible to us because they were feeding on the sediment that is stirred up around the reef.
5. A wrack line is debris, trash, and seaweed that washes up on the beach, and is left in a line when the tide recedes. We were picking up trash in the visible wrack lines at the edge of the water, and 75 feet from shore among the rocks & boulders.
4. A wave that is only four inches deep can lift a log that weighs five tons (or the majority of our show equipment!)
3. Ocean Fact: 10,000 semi-trailer-sized containers fall off container ships each year. Many of these containers open, and the spilled contents travels in the ocean currents and spreads out around the globe. Four million Legos that were dumped in the Atlantic Ocean in 1997 are making their way north through the
2. A container of Nike shoes were dumped, and scientists found that the left shoes had a different migration pattern in the ocean current than the right shoes. The tennis shoes were still wearable even after traveling in the water for three years. Vanessa Graves was hoping to find some when she goes back to
1. We were warned to “Never turn your back on the ocean.”