Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu New Years Eve Edition



Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 60
Sea Temperature: 61
Surf: 2-3 Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None.

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone is enjoying my weekly "Monday Mornings in Malibu" blog. As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 is fanning its fins, my weekly blog will continue strong into the new year.  I'd like to thank Georgienne and the rest of the Sea Save staff for allowing me to use this forum to express my views and opinions on important ocean conservation stories. Stay tuned for more in 2013!



Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sea Save Foundation auction 2012

Sea Save Foundation Annual Charity Auction – The Biggest Ever!

Sea Save Foundation is using an Internet platform to launch their largest auction yet.

Description: The auction is being held online and can be found at http://CharityBuzz.com/SeaSaveFoundation over forty items are featured and they range from trips to the Galapagos, Cayman and Malidives to one-on-one experiences with Hollywood insiders, art masterpieces and SCUBA photography equipment.  The bidders will find great deals and the proceeds will benefit and support the Sea Save Foundation efforts.



This is Sea Save Foundation’s second annual auction and the list of items on the block has grown.  Bidding ends on December 18th and items include:
 







Howard Schatz, Original Signed Book Set


Equipment




Sea Save Foundation is a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit organization.  They worked tirelessly on anti-shark finning issues, educational campaigns, marine protection and anti poaching initiative.   They work on local and global ocean conservation campaigns.

Contact Information:
Sea Save Foundation
22337 Pacific Coast Highway #110, Malibu, California 90265
310 458 1020  310 463 0777
http:://SeaSave.org

Monday Mornings in Malibu







Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 71
Sea Temperature: 60
Surf: 1-2 Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None.

The Sea Save Foundation is currently having their 2012 online auction. There are so many great things to bid in including:

Caribbean Adventure, Sustainability and Rejuvenation

Luxury and Adventure at Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia

5 Nights for 2 at the Divetech and Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

7 Night Stay for 4 at Captain Don's Habitat Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean

7 Nights Aboard the M.Y. Wolf Buddy and M.Y. Darwin Buddy in the Galapagos for 1

8 Nights for 2 at Manta Ray Bay Resort in Micronesia

7 Nights for 2 with Ocean Encounters and Lions Dive & Beach in Curacao

Sola Photo Light from Light and Motion

HD Wave Underwater Housing for the Sony HDR Camera

The Last Centurion, Print by Ernie Brooks

All Inclusive 7 day Scuba Diving Charter Aboard NAI'A Fiji

Fuji Archival Print of Blue Whale Resting by Amos Nachoum

Grand Cayman 7 day Getaway for 2 at the Sunset House Resort

10 Day All Inclusive Scuba Expedition to the Cocos Islands, Costa Rica with Sea Hunter

7 Nights Cruising and Diving in the Galapagos Islands with Galapagos Sky

Explore Monterey Bay with Photographer Jay Ireland

7 Day Stay for 2 in a Luxury Cottage at Minahasa Lagoon in Indonesia

7 Days of Extreme Cageless Oceanic Whitetip Encounters for 1

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks for 5 days Off the Coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico

6 Days in Grand Bahamas at the Old Bahama Bay for 2

Napali Single Passenger Foldable Touring Clear Kayak

Insightful Lunch with Dan Halstead, Hollywood Insider

2 VIP Guest Passes at the San Diego Wine and Food Event November 2013

Black Tip Sharks Encounter, Paiting By Carlos Hiller

Lunch with Thom Beers, Executive Producer of Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, American Idol and X Factor in LA

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition Camera from Backscatter

Shark, Original Sumi-E Brush Painting by Wyland

Souplesse, Limited Edition Stainless Steel Sculpture by Victor Douieb

Red Jelly Lake Dream by Rogest

Vertical Tonic, Print by Eddy Raphael

1200 Lumen Sola Dive Light from Light & Moon

Napali Single Passenger Foldable Touring Clear Kayak

Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu


Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 86
Sea Temperature: 63
Surf: 1-2  Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None.









As reported by the Malibu Patch, a public hearing is set to address beach erosion on Broad Beach.

Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Studies from a Biogeochemist. Great White Shark Diet



"My research spans across biogeochemistry, paleontology, and ecology. I ask questions to better understand ecological & evolutionary responses to environmental change on a variety of time scales."

- Dr. Sora Lee Kim







We were extremely interested in Dr. Kim's research and insight into the feeding behavior of Great White Sharks along the California coast.  Below are a few questions posed to her by Adam Hecht.

Q. What is your primary special area of marine biology expertise?

A: I'm an interdiscplinary researcher. I'm a hybrid marine biologist bio-geochemist.

Q. Are you currently engaged in elasmobranch field research?  Bench research?  Can we cite any recent publications?  What are they?

A: Most of what I do is biochemistry.  Most of my shark research has to do with modern species that are alive right now.   My background is primarily biogeochemistry.

Q. It seems that after the passage of AB 376 here in California, awareness about finning increased and the momentum has continued and now has reached a global platform.  What have been your observations? 

A: More people have become aware of shark fining practices in the last ten years. In 2005, I did field work in Baja California Sur. I heard from graduate students that a shark fishery there closed for a few months out of the year. I think that it is due to public pressure.  Not necessarily Baja California Sur but due to a larger scale.

Q. Are you concerned about global shark populations?  

A: Yes. There have been studies done in the past 5-7 years on the populations of the larger sharks showing that larger sharks are being decimated; especially areas that have fisheries. A study done in 2006 shown, that the apex predator populations are declining while the smaller sharks have been increasing. 

Q: What do you think is the single greatest threat facing sharks today?

A: I think it is a variety of things. Part of it is direct fishing pressure on sharks, habitat destruction and climate change. As humans, we are destroying shark habitats at such a rapid pace, who knows if sharks will be able to cope with that.


Q: Are unprovoked attacks due to an increased shark population? A decrease in natural food sources?

A:  I don't think we have a good handle on the great white shark population numbers are off the California Coast. From the literature I read, there are more sightings because there are more people today along the California coast compared to the 1970s. People are spending more time in the water, there are more boats in the water. As a result, more people are keeping an eye out for sharks. I have to hesitate to say that the white shark population is in fact increasing.
I recently published a paper that was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle showing that sharks diet is quite varied. We have this idea that all sharks eat mammals such as seals and seal lions for part of the year. From the results of the study, they actually have a diverse diet. They also feed on fish and squid. Another aspect of the study is that we looked 15 different sharks throughout their lifetime by looking at their isotopic levels. We were able to take a snap shot of their diet by year.  There is a slight increase in their isotopic levels after 1986. 1986 is when marine mammals at least doubled since 1972. In 1972, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed which made it illegal for fisherman to hunt seal and seal lions. Those populations did increase. The diet didn't shift very much. I don't think their natural food sources are declining given that marine mammals are protected under law. Through the years marine mammal populations have held steady or increased.
 
Q: Are humans on the great white shark diet? 

A: No, White Sharks have evolved at least 10 million years ago. Where humans fit in on that time scale is just a blip. If you look at a lot of the shark attack reports, usually humans are bitten but not eaten. Humans are not on the diet of a great white shark. 


Q: You must receive many questions about shark.  What do you see as the top misconceptions?

A: People view them as a vicious apex predatory. I do not think that's true at all.  I think that has been spread by the popular media. Also, their is a misconception that all white sharks are apex predators. From our research, it appears that some are content eating fish and squid. They don't necessarily have to eat at the top of the food chain.
Often times all sharks are considered equal. That is not true. Different sharks play different roles in the ecosystem. There is still alot in shark ecology that is unknown including what they are eating, where they are going and the population numbers.
White sharks are a head of the curve in terms of what we know because they are so popular and people are interested in them.  
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Below please find an abstract of Dr. Kim's original Great White Shark diet and movement study.  To read the entire journal publication, please click on hyperlink.

Diet and movement patterns of white sharks

White sharks were once considered coastal species that mainly consumed marine mammals. Recent satellite tagging data from TOPP demonstrated annual long distance migrations from the California coast to an offshore region. Although white sharks predate on pinnipeds near coastal rookeries, their offshore diet is not well understood. The analysis of white shark tissues (i.e., vertebrae and muscle) offers insight to long-term dietary pattern. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Malibu escape continues..

Welcome to Malibu, California 

It's into my second week here in Malibu and I am completely in love with this amazing place and its fabulous welcoming people. The sun continues to shine both in the sky and in my heart!

My home from home here in Malibu
My daily commute
At the start of the week, I moved from my cute hotel to the dreamiest cottage ever! Georgienne kindly helped me move into my new home and we were both blown away by the cottage, the location and wonderful owners Diane and Mathias (& their darling dogs and chickens). They could not have been more welcoming or helpful!!! I have been here several nights now, and the quietness from the usual sounds I am used to is heavenly. Getting out of my car at night, I am welcomed only by the dreamy sounds of crickets and the gentle breeze in the pine trees. Its so peaceful and close to nature; perfect! You should see my commute to the Sea Save office; believe me it's beats my usual morning route! The A13 back home has no mountains, pine trees or ocean views...


Helping Sea Save continues to be fun, interesting and rewarding. Georgienne and Jen are so lovely and Jay has decided to talk with a British accent, which cracks me up. Though a lot of fun, marine conservation is a very important issue, so we are all working hard on our projects.  It is important to note that volunteering for a marine conversation group is not all about 'freeing Willy'. To really make a difference and protect our beautiful oceans, there is lot of  brainstorming, meetings, planning, fundraising and grant writing.  These may seem like dry items, but this is the true work behind marine conservation and is essential to supporting our key conservation projects. Also there are the really difficult tasks such as going to local parties with California "surfer dudes"! Tough job, but someone has to do it! :)

We have made a lot of progress as a team this week on some of key projects including our exciting auction, planning and marketing of our amazing diving expedition to the beautiful Cocos Island in January 2013 and the launching of our FIN project (aimed at continuing our efforts to put a stop to shark fining). Sea Save Foundation members are just the best!
Hello
So my second week continues with making new friends (including the cute squirrel I see each morning outside my cottage), making a difference as I work to save our oceans and loving this beautiful place. I am truly blessed...








Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Mornings In Malibu




Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 79
Sea Temperature: 66
Surf: 1-2  Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None.



















According to the Malibu Times, the Malibu Lagoon project deadline for state contractors ends this Wednesday, October 31st.

Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Reflections of the Day :)



Life is such a beach!

Malibu inspiration



 
The Ocean
As I walked carefree along the beach,
The Malibu sun warmed my heart.
The ocean raced timidly around my feet,
 

And the seagulls flew in gentle art.
I reached down to touch the warm water,
But it quickly moved away as if afraid.
Back to the safety of the ocean deep,
Away from my hand and the connection made.

Do not fear me, I thought within my soul,
Not all man wants to endanger you.
For I feel your strength in my very being,
My heart sees your beauty true.

To me you are gentle yet ruthlessly strong,
A respect I feel with very pulse.
Full of magnificent, graceful creatures,
A mesmerizing, majestic blue life giving force.

Why we humans exploit you, I'll never know.
Remove the beauty from your depth.
See you as just another element to commercialise,
destroying you as your soul wept.

You seemed to understand not to fear,
For around me your waters again gently played,
Waves of joy strengthening your heart,

Your wariness and distrust beginning to fade.
With Reike love I sent our oceans peace,
Praying that we will, our oceans and sea save.
In turn to save us from our own shortsightedness,
And love our oceans and the life the gave.


By Lynda Whitbread

........ and inspired by a Malibu Monday morning ....




Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Malibu Escape

I am here in Malibu, California! That is a statement I never thought I would be lucky enough to say.




Armed with my iPad, I have arrived in Malibu!
This week has been fantastic and so rewarding. Monday was all about traveling (11 hour flight from Heathrow to LAX) and settling in at this really cute hotel; the Malibu Country Inn.
Georgienne from Sea Save Foundation met me at the airport. She is so lovely and made me feel right at home from the off. Thanks G!!! As for Malibu, what can you say but simply stunning!

Tuesday was my first full day. Though Georgienne was more than happy for me to have a few days to rest and acclimatise, I was so excited, keen to get going and simply felt so alive, that I went straight into volunteering for Sea Save. Georgienne and I spent the day reviewing current projects and discussing ideas for going forward. We commenced breaking down the projects into associated tasks and assigning priorities. The day was informative, rewarding and it wonderful for me to use my PM skills for ocean conservation. Tuesday happened to be my birthday also, so Georgienne kindly took me out for a wonderful birthday dinner which was great. See the life of a volunteer is not all work.

The rest of the week has continued to be just as interesting and fun. I have meet some of the rest of the gang, Jen, Jay, Susana & Sherry. All of them lovely and welcoming. So relaxed and happy am I here, that I have even, albeit by accident, invented the 'happy shark dance' which has Georgienne in fits of laughter.

I knew Sea Save was amazing but I never knew, until now, just how much. They are simply lovely with a pure aim to help our oceans. This, together with beautiful Malibu, friendly residents and the beautiful sunny weather, life is just fabulous! Like the name of the cocktail I was drinking under the stars on Wednesday night, this is definitely my 'Malibu Escape'. Loving it!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu






Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 85
Sea Temperature: 68
Surf: 1-2  Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None.


More shark sightings in local waters are due to more people in the water, a protected great white population and people vigilant in reporting. Article


Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Friday, October 12, 2012

Malibu Migration - Beginning my Two Month Adventure as a Sea Save Volunteer


Just over a year ago, I finally joined the social media age, not having any idea where it would lead. For it was through Twitter, I became aware of the amazing Sea Save Foundation. Initially a follower, now I am able and very excited to say that I am a volunteer for them. 

During the past 6 months, I have been lucky enough to oversee the important Wave Rave 2012 project which took place on August 25th & 26th of this year. With the need to spread the importance of ocean awareness and protection, it was essential to get as many hosts around the world as possible to hold event.  We got in excess of 250 global hosts which was simply fantastic!!! However as amazing that this was, it was being able to tell my family, friends and colleagues about Sea Save and all that they do, and seeing their wonderful response, which really gave me joy.  Just by dedicating a bit of time to this wonderful organisation and essential cause I was making a difference and in itself, this is rewarding. After all saving our oceans, means saving us; what could be more important?

Therefore when I was granted a 3 month career break from my work, I knew that I wanted to use this time, not only for some well earned ‘R & R’ but to do something I am passionate about; the environment.  With my strong relationship with Sea Save, I could not think of any other organisation that I wanted to help more.  So I am off soon to Malibu, California with my suitcase of clothes, toiletries, Union flag beach towel (present from my wonderful colleagues) and such an excited feeling!  To be honest, I am a little nervous too but know this is the right and best thing for me to do.  The flights are booked and a beautiful sweet cottage (my home from home) is arranged. The countdown is on!

Being a volunteer for a great cause is a joy; making a difference no matter how small is best thing anyone can do. Being a Sea Save volunteer is an amazing joy, and something I am truly grateful for.  During my trip to the US, I plan to issue regular blogs covering my life and experiences there and hopefully offer an insight into being a Sea Save volunteer.  You are all invited to follow my adventures...

Lynda

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu








Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 74
Sea Temperature: 68
Surf: 2-3  Feet
Shark Sightings: None.


According to new research, great white sharks feed on different prey depending on their age. Great White Feeding Patterns


Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

CITES, What is it and what do they do? Part 2/2.

So, now you're a CITES professional and you know all there is to know about them, right? Maybe! 

CITES will be meeting on March 3-14, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand for their 16th meeting, and during this meeting a variety of amendments and proposals will be discussed and voted on. One of those will be a proposal by Costa Rica, which was also co-sponsored by Programa de Restauracion de Tortugas (PRETOMA), Fundacion Marviva, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and a few others. In September, Costa Rica (along with the others named) brought the initial amendment to light to get Scalloped Hammerheads under Appendix III, and under that Appendix they will receive protection (in at least one country) 90 days after Sept. 25, 2012. Under Appendix III (if you remember from the first blog) any country can unilaterally place a native species in it, no voting needed.

What will happen now is that during the upcoming meeting, the proposal to get Hammerheads protected will be voted on, and if approved (a 2/3 vote is needed) Hammerhead sharks will be placed within Appendix II; which gives them a tremendous amount more protection. If approved, the export of Hammerheads would be regulated in whole, parts and derivatives. Back in 2010 the United States and Palau tried to get Hammerheads protected under Appendix II, but the 2/3 of the votes was not achieved. 

Sea Save would like to attend this upcoming meeting in March. We would like to be there and vote in favor of Hammerheads (of course, along with other animals) but, it's not that easy. Susana Navajas of Sea Save was interviewed earlier last week about this issue and about CITES and sharks. 

Here's the interview:

And, here's a photo of the interview:
Susana Navajas of Sea Save getting interviewed Via Skype.

Now, let's all ask ourselves what we can do - 'what can we do?!'
Let's make a list, shall we?

  1. Check out this blog (Enjoy!)
  2. Spread the blog; Share and make sure to comment!
It's THAT simple! So, let's get to helping to save some sharks!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu





Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 93
Sea Temperature: 69
Surf: 2-3  Feet
Shark Sightings: None.





The Huffington Post has an ARTICLE about the protection of great white sharks along the Pacific Ocean.


Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CITES: What is it and what do they do?


What is CITES? We’ve all heard of it I’m sure, but not all of us completely understand what it is. To start off, CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which was formed in 1975. It is an international agreement between governments with the aim to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plans does not threaten their survival. Due to the fact that the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to make sure the species are not over exploited.  How do they do that, you ask? Well, that’s a great question!




According to their website, “CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls.” Basically, all imports and exports of species covered by the convention have to be authorized through a licensing system. Each party (or country) to the convention has to designate one or more Management Authorities who will be in charge of administering the systems, and they also have to have scientific authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the species.

Now, on their website it states that the species covered by CITES are listed in three appendices, which are according to the degree of protection they need. In Appendix I, species threatened with extinction are included and trade of these species is only permitted in exceptional circumstances. In Appendix II, species that are not necessarily threatened with extinction are listed but, trade must be controlled in order to avoid problems with their survival.

So now, I’m sure your next question would be, how do they figure which species to put in these two Appendices, right? Another excellent question!  They have a set of biological and trade criteria to help determine whether a species should be included in either Appendix I or II. So then, in each regular meeting, parties (countries) submit proposals based on the criteria stated above in order to amend the two Appendices; they are then discussed and put into a vote.
In Appendix III, species that are protected in at least one country are placed. Notice, however, that changes to Appendix III follow a different procedure from the two prior appendices. Each party (country) is entitled to make unilateral amendments to it, meaning they can make changes to it without the consent of all of the other parties (countries) but they can only do this if proper documentation has been obtained and presented. 

There are many rules and restrictions for all of the species in all of the Appendices, but as always, there are exceptions to the rules. Here are the exceptions, straight from the CITES website:
  • for specimens in transit or being transhipped [see Resolution Conf. 9.7 (Rev. CoP15)];
  • for specimens that were acquired before CITES provisions applied to them (known as pre-Convention specimens, see Resolution Conf. 13.6);
  • for specimens that are personal or household effects [see Resolution Conf. 13.7 (Rev. CoP14)];
  • for animals that were ‘bred in captivity’ [see also Resolution Conf. 10.16 (Rev.)];
  • for plants that were ‘artificially propagated’ [see also Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15)];
  • for specimens that are destined for scientific research;
  • for animals or plants forming part of a travelling collection or exhibition, such as a circus [see also Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP15)].


The Structure of CITES

Given that these are exceptions, does not mean they go without any laws. There are special rules and regulations in those cases and a permit or certificate will usually still be required. Now you are asking yourself, what happens when a specimen is transferred to a country that is a participating party from a country that is not? Another fabulous question! When that happens, the country that is a party can accept documentation equivalent to permits and certificates. See, that was simple!

So there you have it – a quick and concise explanation of what CITES is, and what they do! Stay tuned to the next blog where I will go deeper into CITES choices on placing Hammerhead sharks on their lists. 

By Susana Navajas

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu




Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 80
Sea Temperature: 69
Surf: 1-2  Feet
Shark Sightings: None.

Thanks to OCEARCH, you can track great white sharks around the world.



Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Mornings in Malibu


Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 78
Sea Temperature: 69
Surf: 1-3 Feet
Shark Sightings: None.

This week, scientists in Cape Cod just tagged and released a great white shark.
Here is the link:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57513989/first-ever-great-white-shark-tagged-and-released-off-cape-cod/

Author: Adam


- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Meet Adam New SSF Blogger "Monday Mornings in Malibu"

My name is Adam. I am a new blogger to Sea Save Foundation. Once I heard about Sea Save's work, I wanted to become involved. I am passionate about the ocean and the effects it has on marine life and humans. Since I was a young kid, I enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel's research on ocean wildlife including dolphins, sharks, seals, whales and other fish. My weekly blog, "Monday Mornings in Malibu" will highlight Malibu California's temperature and local shark sightings in the area. If anyone has ideas to expand my blog, please let me know. I am always open to new suggestions.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Adam



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sea Save Foundation Proud Content Contributor to New Film about the Tuna Industry

Thanks to the hard work of Billi-Jean Parker and Susan Scott for producing this awesome film!





"Global tuna stocks are down by 90% or so they have been saying for a while now, but we still see shelves and shelves of tinned tuna in our shopping centres. Internationally, sushi is readily available with tuna in it. So what is the problem? The blue-fin tuna, one of the ocean's top predators is the most threatened although it is not fished in South Africa. We in SA, have yellow-fin, albacore and skipjack species of tuna that have different lifecycles and are generally fished more sustainably here. Unfortunately, this may not be the case when blue-fin tuna has been fished to extinction... the rest of the species may then see the same fate. People are greedy. In South Africa, the tuna we pull out of the ocean does not make its way into our tins and onto our plates. So where does our tinned tuna come from? And how can we guarantee the fishing methods were safe and sustainable. What are the different fishing methods? What difference does it make how or where the fish are caught? How can we as the consumers dictate what we want to eat? 50|50 goes to sniff out if there's something fishy happening!"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wave Rave 2012

Hello, I am Lynda Whitbread and this is my first ever blog so apologies if it is not that good :) However I wanted to write something about my Wave Rave weekend to thank all my family, friends and colleagues who supported and helped me, as well as those who took part in the various events here in Essex (UK), over the few days.

Though the Wave Rave officially was the weekend of August 25th & 26th, we managed to stretch the event a little longer. Firstly my brother in law Ian organised an exciting and successful charity quiz night in aid of Sea Save Foundation on Wednesday August 24th raising both awareness and donations for Sea Save. Well done Ian and a great start!

Friday August 24th continued with three separate events. Firstly, my wonderful colleagues in the Brentwood office dressed down for the day to raise more money for Sea Save and help get the message out that we must protect our oceans and the diverse marine life within them. At the same time, Ian's colleagues also dressed down at his workplace with the same aim and conviction. Fantastic!

Brentwood staff dressed down for the Wave Rave 2012

However I had the hardest job of all.  I had to travel to Dublin and Wave Rave (Dublin style) with some of my amazing Irish colleagues.  Tough job I know, but someone had to do it!!!! After some important meetings and work during the day, my colleagues and I went for a very lovely Italian meal and of course, a few drinks.  During the evening, we all took part in a 'making Ravioli' competition and though I am a totally useless cook, I won and got a bottle of wine for my trouble!!!! To be honest I did have some help from two of my more food talented colleagues. Wave Raving in Dublin is an art and requires stamina, dancing and a lot  of FUN!!!! Luckily my flight home was Saturday afternoon so I was able to have a lie in.

My Irish colleagues and I before we went out in Dublin!

Winners - With my bottle of wine

This brings me nicely to Saturday August 25th. Whilst many wonderful people around the globe were hosting amazing events, and I was slowly making my way home, colleagues Carolyn Clark and Nicola Hewitt, together with their families and other co-workers went to see Peter Pan at the Palace theatre in Southend. Though the weather was very British (lots of rain!), they were very happy to stay afterwards and get a picture to promote Sea Save.  Well done all!

Sunday 26th August was then upon us and it was time for the Sea Save Foundation Wave Rave 2012 party at my house.  All the key elements were there; fabulous guests, food, music, dancing and yes, drink.  I think I may get a reputation here!!! The party was a lot of fun and raised yet more monies for Sea Save. Ocean awareness was key with photos of the beautiful marine animals, mixed with some less nice pictures to show what unfortunately is happening such as shark finning, were on a slide show throughout the event.  I also did a quick 5 minute talk about Sea Save and the need for ocean conservation. The Wave Rave 2012 video narrated by the very talented Erick Avari was also shown. A great night! A BIG thanks to my sister Donna, and brother in laws Ian and Tony for all their help in arranging the party! Thanks also to my two beautiful nieces for taking photos and filming the event.

Monday August 27th was a bank holiday here in the UK so provided a well-earned rest for many of us, including me!

Overall the Wave Rave weekend was a success in my neck of the woods, as it was across the globe.  A MASSIVE  thank you to everyone who hosted or participated in any way in the Wave Rave 2012.  Remember it's your ocean; thank you for doing something about it!