Episode 206 - All About Our Oceans

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 18, 2010 - Sunday, October 24, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, January 17, 2011 - Sunday, January 23, 2011

From returning sea lions to a marine sanctuary to the man who organized the first Earth Day and the event that inspire it, to teen guides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a man making eco-friendly surfboards, this episode is all about our oceans and beaches. First up Jordan leaves land behind as she climbs on board the Kitty Kat, a boat on a mission to the Farallon Islands and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California. The trip has the special purpose of returning seven sea lions to the ocean in a protected place where they will find a lot of friends. But the trip also provides the opportunity to do some whale watching and to listen to underwater noise pollution created by large vessels traveling too fast.

Then, it was an off-shore oil rig eruption near Santa Barbara in 1969 that created an environmental disaster on the pristine beaches of that coastal resort area that inspired a group of activists to establish the first Earth Day. Adam got the chance for a one-on-one talk with one of those founders. Denis Hayes says the impact of that first Earth Day was more than they could have hoped for or dreamed about.

Then Jordan visits the Monterey Bay Aquarium, known throughout the world for it's conservation efforts. There are over 35,000 plants and animals in this amazing facility. The exhibits inspire us to preserve our oceans. Jordan gets an inside look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of some special tour guides, teen volunteers whose messages are music to our ears.

Then...SURF’S UP!! Surfing is very popular along world-wide. But have you ever thought about the materials used in making Surfboards? Jessica found one guy who not only gave it some thought, but began making surfboards with non-toxic and sustainable materials. She caught up with him in his shop…and on the waves!