In January of 2015, staff writer for National Geographic , Laura Parker, stated that there is 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. And that plastic accounts for 90% of all trash in the ocean.
I remember it like it was yesterday. The dive captain yelled "well, who wants to go first?" Without hesitation I stepped up and jumped in. You could see the dark gray outlines from a top the boat, but that was nothing compared to once you were in the water. The clear, calm waters of Bimini Bahamas was the perfect setting for the first thing I crossed off my bucket list in 2017, swimming with hammerhead sharks.
When I think of heaven on earth my mind, body and soul immediately go to Shell Key Preserve. Shell Key is an 1800 acre preserve that is one of Pinellas County's largest underdeveloped barrier islands. Shell Key has been designated as one of the states most important areas for shorebird nesting and is a prime location for sea turtle nests in the summer months. I think what I love about it the most is that Shell Key it s only accessible by boat, and there is nothing on the island besides nature.
September 24th, 2016 I had the privilege of traveling to Nicaragua with a couple of like minded human beings. Estero Padre Ramos, Nicaragua was our exact destination. I had never met any of my colleagues prior to the flight down there, and to be perfectly honest, I didn't have much of an idea as to what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that it involved the conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles, that it was part of the SWIM program through the Loggerhead Marinelife center in Juno, Florida and that I would be turning 35 during this trip abroad.