“Kids Ocean Day” saw multiple organized celebration events on the California coast, which were sponsored, in part, by the California Coastal Commission.
The event seen in the video above took place on the South Spit of Humboldt Bay at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area and was filmed and shared on YouTube by Chad Johnson. The children at this event formed a giant eel along with the message of “Defend our Seas.” The event was organized by Friends of the Dunes.
At an event held at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles, an estimated 5,000 children joined to form another “human mosiac,” according to a Contra Costa Times article. The mosaic took the form of shark holding a shield which read “Defend the Sea” and was based off artwork submitted by 6th grader, Breann Mancilla of Robert Frost Middle School. Artist John Quigley used Breann’s sketch to organize the human mosaic aerial artwork. The L.A. event was organized by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education.
Another event at Huntington Beach involved 875 Orange County elementary school students joining together to form a smiling fish with the message “clean seas, please.” OrangeCounty.com has the full-story along with a photo of the children’s artwork.
Children involved in the events also helped to clean up the beaches by picking up litter. Congratulations to all the children involved for their great work!