Category Archives: Coastal Care Junior

When lightning strikes the beach, it vaporizes the sand ⁠— and makes these glass tubes

Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Indonesia
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


When lightning strikes the beach or desert, the electricity vaporizes the sand in less than a second, creating a geological phenomenon you might have to see to believe.

The sand vaporizes as the lightning bolt shoots through the surface and creates temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, then the explosion turns the sand to glass tubes called fulgurites…

Read Full Article; Miami Herald (08-12-2019)

Most parents want kids to learn about climate change, but most schools don’t teach it

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A new study paints a glaring divide between what parents want their kids to learn in school and what’s actually being taught.

Parents, regardless of political stripe, overwhelmingly want that to change.

In fact, according to a new poll conducted by NPR and Ipsos, more than 80 percent of parents are in favor of teaching of climate change in school…

Read Full Article; MNN (04-22-2019)

Poll: Millennials care about climate change; Axios (02-26-2018)
The nonprofit Alliance for Market Solutions released new polling on millennial attitudes about the reality of human-induced climate change and efforts to combat it. Millennials are broadly convinced human-induced climate change is real and deserves action…

The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change; Guardian UK (04-12-2019)

Lawsuit could put U.S. government’s role in climate change on trial; CBS News (03-02-2019)
A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels…

Trump to planet: Drop dead, CNN (06-01-2017)
“America First” is becoming increasingly America alone. Somehow, Donald Trump has managed, with a single, desperate and ill-conceived stroke, to sever the United States from the rest of the world…

“Beach Robbers”; By Charles O. Pilkey

Chapter 5: Beach Robbers

Written and illustrated by Charles O. Pilkey ©2018.

This Chapter is excerpted from The Magic Dolphin: A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey With Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright ©2018 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey. All rights reserved.
Used by permission of the publisher, courtesy of Charles and Orrin Pilkey, for Coastal Care.

Children living on Indonesia’s coast get free goggles to enjoy – and save – precious reef

Nihiwatu Beach, a natural, beautiful and mostly undeveloped beach on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. At its two extremities, two reefs protect the beach from severe storms and are largely responsible for the white colored sand. The reefs are also a great source of food for the local villagers. Captions and photos source: © SAF — Coastal Care


Indonesia’s maritime affairs minister has come up with an unconventional way to help preserve precious reefs from marine pollution: distribute boatloads of free goggles to children in the archipelago’s remote coastal regions. She wants to give next generation ‘the eyes’ to appreciate the marine world…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK (08-04-2018)

Bali isn’t alone in its sea plastic pollution problem – the rest of Indonesia is struggling too; Guardian UK (03-06-2018)
Indonisian idyllic blue waters are marred by rubbish, from styrofoam to dirty nappies embedded in the coral. Uninhabited islands with the most beautiful bright white beaches, are camouflaged by a thick layer of plastic: flip flops, straws, disposable lighters, asthma inhalers, styrofoam and bottles in every size and shape…

Plastic, plastic, plastic’: British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali; Guardian UK (03-06-2018)

Indonesia to declare war on marine plastic debris: Environment minister; Strait Times (02-19-2017)

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry, The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world’s oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land…

Dead or alive? 3 ways to spot the difference between a live sand dollar and souvenir

Photo source: ©© Gordon


Have you ever scoured the beach hunting for that perfect sand dollar to take home as a souvenir? Or perhaps plucked one of them out of the water?

It could’ve been alive.

Many beachgoers don’t realize that sand dollars are living creatures. They’re a type of sea urchin in a class called Echinoids, or spiny skinned creatures…

Read Full Article, Independent Mail (07-22-2018)

Like human societies, whales value culture and family ties

Beluga (‘white’ in Russian) whales’ incredibly sophisticated series of vocal repertoires and acoustic systems suggest that they are capable of forming very complex relationships and groups. Credit: Lisa Barry, NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/MML.


In a detailed genetic kinship study, an international team is the first to reveal that just like human societies, beluga whales appear to value culture and their ancestral roots and family ties.

They have demonstrated that related whales returned to the same locations year after year, and decade after decade. Not only do these whales know where to go and where not to go, they are passing on this information from one generation to the next…

Read Full Article; PhysOrg (04-05-2018)

The Magic Dolphin; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey With Orrin H. Pilkey

The Magic Dolphin:

A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea

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

Illustrations © 2018 by Charles O. Pilkey.

By Author and Illustrator Charles O. Pilkey, and Consultant Orrin H. Pilkey

A lighthearted, beautifully illustrated children’s book (ages 9-13) that tells the story of two kids who rescue a stranded dolphin, caught in a fish net.

The grateful dolphin rewards the kids by taking them on an adventurous, world-encircling journey, teaching them along the way about global warming, sea level rise, beach erosion and other challenges facing the sea…


Charles O. Pilkey is a former geologist turned freelance artist, writer and illustrator. The inspiration for The Magic Dolphin, came from a childhood memory of a day when he and his father found a pilot whale washed ashore on a Sapelo beach. With the help of friends, they set the animal free.
Although the Magic Dolphin is a work of fiction, the events described in the book are scientifically and/or historically accurate.

Orrin H. Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He has visited beaches on all seven continents and has written a number of books about the future of beaches in an age of rising seas.

Book available now on: AMAZON.COM

Readers might also enjoy Lessons from the Sand… A beach science activity book for kids (ages 8-88). Book available now on: Amazon and in bookstores.

Surfing from Saturn, A video

WATCH: SURFING FROM SATURN – BY DRAKE EPSTEIN, 12 year old surfer. Published on Youtube January 31, 2018.

“Every year there is a surf contest at Rincon, California, called The Rincon Classic, and as part of it, there is also a Rincon Classic Video contest. Drake, 12 year old avid surfer, submitted one video this year, in the age 17 and under category. He missed a lot of editing time with both Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudflow evacuations, but he did a great job.

These kids love this wave and with everything that has happened here with both Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudflows, Rincon is catching a lot of the debris and pollution… Rincon, the Rincon Classic, and this contest need your good thoughts and love.”– Monica.

Rincon Classic Video Contest, The Independent (02-04-2018)

Rincon Classic-2018

Shoreline lessons – how beach trips boost learning

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


For the past five years, Beach Schools South West has been travelling all over Devon, UK, to enable children of all backgrounds to experience outdoor learning…

Read Full Article; BBC News (01-29-2018)

According To Scientists, Visiting The Beach Can Change Your Brain In An Incredible Way; Shareably (04-21-2017)

What the beach does to your brain; NBC News (07-29-2017)

Lessons From The Sand ; By Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey (©-2016)
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 beaches and the activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. A book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey…