While at La Jolla Shores, we found an octopus in stranded on the sand and were able to return him to a nearby tidepool.Read More
I'll admit, my swimming isn't what it used to be. I've resorted to using fins, and next thing you know I'll be using a snorkel. I blame swimming with a camera, but that's a whole other topic.
On this adventure we navigate through the shallows of the La Jolla Sea Caves, mostly around Arch Cave. What is unique about this swim is this is the hottest (not warmest, but hottest) water I've swam in. 79 degrees is very significant for an ocean temperature. Last year's high was around 68...and I thought that was amazing at the time.
And while it is fantastic for us swimmers who don't like the constrictions of wetsuits, it is bad news for kelp, who thrive at up to 72 degrees. This means animals that feed off of kelp will run out of a food source. And those animals are the food source for other bigger fish and bigger predators such as sea lions, sharks, and dolphins...those animals that people love and identify with.
With this swim you can see the kelp has detached itself from the sea floor and is floating ominously near the entrance of the sea caves. They look recently detached because they are still maintaining their color, but if this keeps up the kelp forests will be nothing but floating island graveyards.
Regular uploading to YouTube on a consistent schedule is difficult. I love putting production value into my videos, but at the same time...that takes up soooo much time. My series on exploring something new has been a chore to maintain....because I don't always go out to explore something new weekly, and if I do....do I want to ruin that experience by vlogging it?
Solution! Swim mixtapes. The exact title of these is currently undecided...but I see alot in the ocean...or sometimes nothing at all. I operate in the grey area between snorkeling and scuba because I do neither...but am in the ocean often. Here is my first video, which I thought came out nice...in future videos I'll start adding commentary...but for now...Enjoy!
A look at Wonderspace’s “V2” exhibition: With Creative License. We were invited to a preview night of this pop-up gallery’s new show in San Diego.Read More
We recently took a trip down to the Judith A Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center (JABCECC) to play with foxes! My friend, Lex (see her instagram here), absolutely loves foxes. With me being more familiar with ocean animals, this was a whole new world for me.
A few new things were learned:
- Russia domesticated foxes and bred them for their genetic mutations resulting in fur color and patterns
- Some foxes are raised and killed for their fur
- The foxes pictured are the same species (The white ones are not arctic foxes)
- Foxes make horrible pets, because they pee and poo everywhere (we were warned of this)
JABCECC is still under construction, but you can see them and some of their animal ambassadors around San Diego at local events. I recommend you check them out because they care very deeply about their mission, and their canines are just too adorable!
P.S. They have New Guinea Singing Dogs too