UPDATE: I have fallen quite a bit behind on the Aqua Series! To catch up, I’ll be writing past episodes but making them shorter. This will help me work toward present-day episodes.
Our next event was the beach cleanup! We had been looking forward to this for a very long time, and, at last, we were able to settle on a day to do it.
We met and went over the cleanup. In basic, we would take kayaks out to several islands and clean them of litter that had built up. If you don’t know what a kayak looks like, here’s an image (courtesy of Google Images).
I went in a doubles kayak, and soon we were off!
Paddling in a kayak takes a bit of practice to get into a rhythm. We were behind the other kayaks to start. We went through waterways (like roads that are rivers), with houses on each side, and then we turned left and paddled out into the ocean. Ahead of us were the islands to be cleaned up, but it took a while to get there.
As this gif (also courtesy of Google Images) shows, the paddling goes, generally, from the left side to the right side and back again.
Finally, we reached the island. We were way behind everyone else, so we ended up looping around the island and looking at the mangroves for any trash or pollution. Once we circled one island (giving a group of pelicans a wide berth), we met everyone at a bigger, nearby island. The island was still small, and you could walk across it in in less than two minutes, but loads of pollution had piled up onto the shores. We cleaned it up, putting what we found in buckets, sorting trash and types of recycling into their bins.
Top 5 Weirdest Finds (by the interns collectively):
- Giant block of styrofoam
- Tennis balls
- Bottle (with water still in it)
Finally, we met on the beach and counted the pollution. Once that was done, we jumped back in our kayaks and went back the way we came, ending the cleanup.