May 10 Mother Ocean Day

Today was created in order to try and save our oceans before they become too polluted to function as they were intended. It’s called the 30/30 plan as organizations all over the world try to save just 30% of the oceans across the face of the earth. Conservation groups tend to focus on areas close to their heart, whether that is erosion, saving sea life, sustaining the environment and so on. They need your donations and attention to save these precious resources. It’s like any other resource, abuse it and lose it.

How to celebrate – See how many oceans you can name without looking. (There are 7 of them) Go to beach. Get involved in an organization trying to preserve our oceans.

May 10th Mother Ocean Day

May 10th Mother Ocean Day

This day was created by the South Florida Kayak Fishing Club and the City of Miami. We all should celebrate the ocean and if you believe in the gods of old, why not Mother Ocean. We would not be alive without the oceans and the fresh water lakes that cover a great deal of the Earth’s surface. More and more people are beginning to care about the ocean and what we dump into it and leave behind on our shore. We need to treat the ocean, and all it’s inhabitants, with respect and awe.

How to celebrate – Clean up after yourself when you go to the beach. Study the differences in all seven of the oceans. Take a cruise.

April 14th National Dolphin Day

“We call him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper (But I don’t remember why) There is no doubt if you spend much time at sea or around the shore line you will have had an encounter with a dolphin. They are intelligent creatures, very friendly and train people well how to feed them. Naturally, Flipper was a television show about a dolphin who was like a Rescue 9-1-1 pet of the sea. And dolphins have been known to rescue people from time to time. We do tend to like to cage them up so we can see them better and I am pretty sure they don’t care for that side of humans too much, but still we seem to get along pretty well together.

How to celebrate – Watch old reruns of Flipper. Support Sea World for their efforts to save sea life. Learn how to be friends with an animal instead of owning them.

June 24th Swim A Lap Day

June 24th Swim A Lap Day

Its summer, what’s more natural than jumping in the pool and swimming a few laps! Of course, your rewards may depend on whether you have a real pool or a kiddie pool and if your pool is the ocean, good luck with that lap. Swimming is good for you, it tones muscles and actually helps you lose weight while not sweating. If you are sweating you need to turn down the heater in your pool. It is great exercise, fun to do and is a great reason to throw a party. The more laps you can do the better but remember it’s not about the speed unless you are practicing for the Olympics.

How to celebrate – Get in the pool! If you don’t have a pool, build one. At last resort, use your bathtub.

June 18th Go Fishing Day

There was a time when going fishing meant getting supper for the night. Not so much anymore, it’s become a sporting event more than proving a meal for the family. Most fishermen I know throw the fish back in the water after catching it, hoping the next time they go fishing they will catch a bigger fish and have a harder challenge. Since fish don’t supposedly feel the pain, fishing has become a more humane sport. I am not sure anybody actually asked the fish that. There is something about the calm and quiet of fishing, it becomes a time when we can think and reflect on life and get in touch with nature. In fact I know a lot of people who go fishing that hope they don’t even catch a fish!

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Learn what fish it is you are trying to catch. Enjoy being in nature.

June 8th World Oceans Day

June 8th World Oceans Day

Today was created in order to try and save our oceans before they become too polluted to function as they were intended. It’s called the 30/30 plan as organizations all over the world try to save just 30% of the oceans across the face of the earth. Conservation groups tend to focus on areas close to their heart, whether that is erosion, saving sea life, sustaining the environment and so on. They need your donations and attention to save these precious resources. It’s like any other resource, abuse it and lose it.

How to celebrate – See how many oceans you can name without looking. (There are 7 of them) Go to beach. Get involved in an organization trying to preserve our oceans.

March 21st Mermaid Day

March 21st Mermaid Day

One of the most beloved creatures of the sea is the mermaid. Originally sailors thought that manatees were mermaids. Ah, I think they needed glasses, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Today we celebrate mermaid day by having parades and parties featuring our favorite sea creature. The most recognized parade is on Coney Island where every mermaid known to man will be represented. I’ll bet the event makes a real splash with all who attend.

How to celebrate – Dress up like a mermaid. Go to Florida and see manatees up close. Visit Coney Island and take part in the big event.

June 18th National Go Fishing Day

What a wonderful way to get out and enjoy nature, get a little sunshine and have fun all at the same time! Go fishing! It’s another of those unofficial/ official holidays that doesn’t really matter if you celebrate or not. And why wait for just today!?! Really it’s okay to go fishing anytime! of course now that we are in summer it’s a little more fun than winter but there is always ice fishing! The key to the entire day of fishing is… don’t catch any fish! Then you’d have to gut them, skin them and fillet them even before eating them. The easiest way to accomplish this is, don’t put any bait on your hook! You can get all that fun stuff without any of the work to go along with it! You can still enjoy the sun, nature and your favorite eatery when the sun has set.

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Start your own fishing pond in your backyard. Rent a boat and go out on a lake or the ocean.

February 16th World Whale Day

World Whale Day – February 16th

People use to think we would have whales forever, they are now learning we aren’t. In the past, hunting whales was their biggest threat as no other sea creature could even challenge them. Today, it’s the loss of natural habitat and pollution that is killing them off. World Whale Day started in 1980 in Maui, Hawaii and has become a ongoing affair.

How to celebrate – Go whale sighting if you get the chance. Learn what you can do to hello make the whales habitat safer. Visit Hawaii.

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

Here in the United States the U.S. Congress took over the operations of all lighthouses on August 7th, 1789. Once operated by the Federal Government the lighthouses became standardized here in America and were literally lifesavers for those at sea. they normally mark where the ocean meets the land, or lake if that is the case, and mark tremulous areas that Captains of ships need to watch out for.

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Originally these lighthouses had to manned since the signal sent out was either a torch or lantern that had to be lit and watched over all night long. Many lighthouses had living quarters in the actual tower while others had houses connected to them where the lighthouse keeper could live.

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During the day light hours the lighthouse was useful as a beacon for navigation, at night they were a necessity for  mariners. As the years past and electricity replaced the torch or lantern, the lighthouse keeper became scarce since they were no longer required to light them, or watch them for fires.

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So today the lighthouse has become more of a museum to the past when they were required. With the invention of radar and GPS, most are not even lit anymore. They serve as wonder platforms for observation of the area, most having beautiful views of the surrounding area.

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How to celebrate – Visit a local lighthouse today. Stand in the middle of a very dark area and see if you can tell where the water and land meet.  Start your own miniature lighthouse collection.