Episode 311: Crabs, Plastic & Beaches

Original Airdate: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - Sunday, November 20, 2011
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012

This episode is all about how our actions affect the natural food chain in our oceans, protection of marine life and the health & beauty of our beaches. We're probably unaware of the critters that live and thrive beneath the sand, critters that are an important part of the food chain and the balance of nature. Nut Brendan met up with some teens who are looking for sand crabs and documenting the ebb and flow of its population. It's a real story of budding scientists.

Then Jessica finds a group teens who spent their summer at the beach...in Costa Rica! They're members of the Environmental Science Academy at Oakland High School and their trip to Costa Rica inspired them to to do their part to reduce the use of plastic. And they brought that message back to their school!

Santa Monica High School is just a few blocks from world famous Santa Monica Beach, a great reason for the students here to take a special interest in keeping it clean and free of trash. The school's multi-awarding Team Marine does that and a lot more! Yes, they clean the beach, but they also regularly test water quality, lobby against single use plastic bags...and recently built a solar boat! Adam caches up with them on the beach to see what they're up to.