Category Archives: Coastal Care Junior

A Turtle Saver, NC

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Sea turtles that nest in North Carolina are listed as endangered species in part because many beaches have become dangerous or undesirable places for nesting.

One of the biggest issues is light pollution…

Trash, debris and holes left on the beach pose a danger to sea turtles, as they can block the path of both mothers and babies trying to get to and from the ocean. Turtles can also ingest the plastic, which has devastating effects…

Read Full Article, Coastal Review Online (07-29-2016)

Coastal Light Pollution Disturbs Marine Animals, New Study Shows; University of Exeter (04-29-2015)
Marine ecosystems can be changed by night-time artificial lighting according to new research. The results indicate that light pollution from coastal communities, shipping and offshore infrastructure could be changing the composition of marine invertebrate communities…

Florida beaches are becoming darker, and that’s good for sea turtles (01-29-2016)
Newly published research confirms that the density of sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is reduced where artificial lights along the coast deter nesting females. The data also show that the network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida’s coast seems to be working…

Light Pollution Deters Nesting Sea Turtles, LiveScience (06-09-2013)
Light pollution along the Mediterranean is changing the nesting habits of sea turtles in Israel, according to new research…

Young artists get creative to help keep beaches clean

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


New galvanized steel trash cans festooned with the students’ creative artwork are being placed at several public beach accesses along 11 miles of oceanfront.

Vibrantly-colored designs draw beach with the expectation that trash will more likely find its way into the containers if they are eye-catching.

A community arts collaboration between the Town of Nags Head and First Flight High School, the OBCan project, is in its sixth year…

Read Full Article, The Outer Banks Voice (07-07-2016)

Collecting plastic waste near coasts ‘is most effective clean-up method’, Guardian UK (01-19-2016)

Beach Pollution: How We Can All Play a Part in Keeping Our Oceans Clean, Independent UK (07-10-2015)

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion In Annual Damage To Marine Ecosystems, UN (06-2014)
Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life – with conservative yearly estimates of $13 billion in financial damage to marine ecosystems, according to two reports issued at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Here’s How Much Plastic Ends Up In the World’s Oceans,The Time (02-13-2015)
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, it’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline…

The Barents Sea Abloom

By NASA / Earth Observatory;

On July 6, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite acquired this image of a phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea.

The chlorophyll contained in phytoplankton often shows up in natural-color images as a green hue in the ocean’s surface waters. The phytoplankton in this image, however, are very reflective; the milky color suggests that this bloom might contain coccolithophores—microscopic plankton that are plated with white calcium carbonate.

Coccolithophores tend to bloom in the Barents Sea from July through September, when this shallow northern sea is typically ice-free. Other colors in the scene may come from sediment or other species of phytoplankton.

Original Article, NASA / Earth Observatory

Meet the Very Venomous Portuguese Man-of-War

The Portuguese Man O’ War is named for its air bladder, which looks similar to the sails of the Portuguese fighting ship (Man of war) Caravela redonda (an armed 4-sail caravel), of the 14th and 15th centuries. Photo source: ©© Martha Rivero


They look like a discarded balloon. They’re actually a bubble full of agony.

You’ll want the skinny on these dangerous beauties if you encounter one on your summer beach day…

Read Full Article, National Geographic

Students Reviving Mangrove Wetlands, Bahamas

Mangrove seedlings. Photo source: ©© Northways


Students participated in a pilot programme called the Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (BAM), a project about mangrove education and restoration.

“A lot of times when you’re trying to promote conservation, it has to start with the youth,” “They’re our future generation that’s going to protect our resources, and help conserve them for the best…”

Read Full Article, Tribune 242

Preserving Mangroves Provides Protection and Food Security, IPS News (11-16-2015)

Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

Root of the Matter: Mangrove as Lives Saver When Natural Disaster Strikes, NASA’s Earth Science News Team (10-28-2010)

The World Must Invest In Mangroves, The Ecologist (04-11-2014)

Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores, The Nature Conservancy

All the Way to the Ocean, The Movie

WATCH: All the Way to the Ocean; MOVIE TRAILER


Joel Harper’s beloved book is now an animated movie featuring the talents of acclaimed actors, award winning musicians, and dedicated activists; including Amy Smart, Ben Harper, Burning Spear, Jack Johnson, Joel Harper, Marcia Cross, and Xavier Rudd.

The movie artfully tackles non-point source pollution in an entertaining and immersive way that children and adults will find engaging!

“James throws a plastic bottle in the gutter and doesn’t believe that it will go all the way to the ocean. His friend Isaac warns James about the consequences of his littering. There begins the adventures of James and Isaac as they learn about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution, and in turn, spread the word to their friends and the rest of their school. Helping the kids along this journey are a concerned Crane from the coast line, a surprisingly insightful Surfer Dude and James’ Mom.”

Read Full Article And Watch The Movie Trailer, from Freedom Three Publishing

The Book: “All The Way To The Ocean,” by Joel Harper (© 2010)
A book teaching kids and parents that sewage pollution runs “All the Way to the Ocean.”

Plastic pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

What’s up with the black sand at Ocean Beach, San Francisco?

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


Many locals have a same reaction when large swirling patches of black sand cover Ocean Beach: they call the city reporting an apparent oil spill. But in fact, the sand is anything but dirty and is made up of a really cool iron ore derivative called magnetite…

Read Full Article, SF Gate

Old ruins emerging on SF beach reveal long battle to halt erosion, SF Gate (03-04-2016)
About a month ago, some San Franciscan beachgoers noticed something new on Ocean Beach, at the end of Taraval Street — the ruins of a mysterious structure of some kind emerging from the sand, like the remnants of a lost city…

Why S.F. is Moving 42,000 Tons of Sand Down Ocean Beach, San Francisco Gate (12-06-2014)

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

Sand Color Palette
Most beach sand color ranges from pale cream to golden to caramel, but in select places around the world, sand can be red, pink, orange, chocolate, gold, purple, green, or black…

Scientist Finds ‘Hawaiian Beach’ Sand On Mars, Phys Org (10-28-2013)

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal (05-01-2015)
All beaches contain a variety of minerals, unique “suites”, which are like fingerprints in the sand—fingerprints that are clues as to where the sand came from…

2nd Preview : Lessons From The Sand ; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey & Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons From The Sand:

Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On A Carolina Beach

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.

Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina.


Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit…

“Although the geographic emphasis is on North and South Carolina beaches, most of the activities can be carried out on any ocean beach in the world. Lessons from the Sand is written by a father and son and is rooted in good science.

The activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. The book not only will provide fun for families but many activities can be the basis for more advanced class projects and term papers.

This $19 paperback is available for pre-order from The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press. The book will be released on April 25, 2016.”

About the Authors:

Charles O. Pilkey is an artist and writer living in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University and coauthor of How to Read a North Carolina Beach.

Now In Preview:

Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”

These activities are excerpted from Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach; by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.
Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.
Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press
Used by permission of the publisher.








To order and for more information please contact: UNC Press

See First Preview – Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Archaeologists Reveal the Vasco da Gama Shipwreck, Video

Oman. Photograph: © SAF


After 18 years of research, excavations and archaeological analysis, National Geographic grantee David Mearns and team, together with the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture, have successfully discovered one of Vasco da Gama’s ships lost at sea in 1503 off the coast of present-day Oman…

WATCH: A National Geographic video, (3:51)

Read Full Article And View Video, National Geographic
Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to locate and excavate the earliest known shipwreck from Europe’s Golden Age of Exploration.