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an aspiring author. i often make a fool of myself. a lover of animals. i survive off coffee and laugh too loud. a hopeless romantic who longs to travel the world.


Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week!

Sea otters are a keystone species, and are needed in order to keep an ecosystem healthy. Unfortunately, these little guys were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century for their luxurious fur. Today, however, they are protected and are making a recovery.

The otters in these photos are northern sea otters, found off the coast of Alaska, Canada, and Washington. These particular individuals are from south central Alaska. Sea otter populations in Alaska have rebounded since the ending of intense commercial hunting, but Native Alaskans are still permitted to harvest sea otters and sell their parts as long as the parts have been altered in some way.

Sea otters are a very common sight in Alaska, especially in Kachemak Bay, where it is not unusual to spot large rafts of them floating off of the local beaches. On occasion individual otters will come with a few feet of the shore to clean their fur, much to the delight of beach goers.

Take a moment this week to appreciate one of the ocean’s most adorable inhabitants!

(These are my photos, please do not use without permission)

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A quick sketch I did for the #coalsucks Twitter campaign a few months ago.

Years of Living Dangerously is out on DVD.

If you haven’t seen it and want to or even if you HAVE seen it, this is a MUST BUY.

Share it with your friends and family. Help educate those who are unaware or ignorant. Only together can we help save the planet that we live on. Together we can overcome the challenges of fixing the damage we have done. But first, we need to take a step in the right direction and get everyone on our level.

Years of Living Dangerously CAN and WILL help us do that as long as we believe and let it.

Go buy it today! Share it with everyone! Scream for our planet until EVERYONE starts to listen.

A quick sketch I did for the #coalsucks Twitter campaign a few months ago.


Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean (TED,COM)

Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.

What happened to the coral reefs?

Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.

What happened to tuna, sharks, and cod?

Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.

The number of ocean deadzones then and now.

Ocean deadzones are spots in the sea where life no longer exists. They occur when massive fertilizer runoff (or other ocean crises) set in motion an oxygen-depriving chain of events leading to the death in one spot of fish, crabs and other sea creatures. In 1975, there was one documented deadzone. In 2014, there were 500+.

The number of oil drilling sites then and now.

Oil drilling in the Gulf Coast didn’t start and stop with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. But the practice is younger than you might think. In 1947, there was just one oil drilling site. In 2014, there were more than 30,000.

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A quick sketch I did for the #coalsucks Twitter campaign a few months ago.

A quick sketch I did for the #coalsucks Twitter campaign a few months ago.

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A quick sketch I did for the #coalsucks Twitter campaign a few months ago.