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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

World Oceans Day

A friendly paddler waves back from the deep

Yesterday, June 8, was World Oceans Day. I thought it was this Friday so I guess I missed it. Well, not really. Not when I treat every day as an Ocean Day. Its something like Christmas Day. Its no good just to have glad tidings and goodwill on the one day, its something that should be practiced every day.

Saturday near Duck Islands in Bull Arm the water was so crystal clear that I cast a shadow through the water onto the bottom below. In a moment of childish joy I waved to my shadow below and it waved back. But the ocean is not to be taken lightly.

The one thing on most of our global minds is the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It saddens me to see what's happening to the sea, the wildlife and the shoreline. On a lesser scale it also happens here. Lots of beaches along our shoreline have various bits of flotsam washed up on them.

Maybe we should take a few minutes after our lunch stops to pick up some of the garbage and carry it out .... to be burried in a landfill .... (groan).

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