Monthly Archives: June 2016

It’s Shark Week!

For as long as humans have roamed the Earth, sharks have swam the oceans. In fact, sharks have been around for much longer than us…about 100 times longer, to be exact! Sharks have been in existence for about 450 million years, and we are currently aware of about 450 different species of shark, discovering new ones each year!

The truth of the matter is that we really don’t know all that much about sharks, but what we do know is that these ocean creatures are as fascinating as they are mysterious, because not much is directly known about their breeding, migrating, or feeding habits. Luckily, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week airs once a year to teach us all about the latest findings within the marine science community.

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Every year during the summer, this weeklong series focuses on the fascinating lives of the most feared ocean creatures, sharks! This biting program has aired since 1988, making it the longest running cable television event in history. Shark Week focuses on the habits of these elusive animals, and seeks ultimately to debunk irrational fears that people have developed surrounding these ocean apex predators.

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Shark Week has been educating the public for decades, and has helped to make incredible strides for the conservation and advocacy of these often overlooked and misunderstood animals. In fact, one could argue that Shark Week has boosted the popularity of these elusive predators in mainstream media. Beginning with this weeklong series, public fears and curiosity were confronted with cool shark facts and fascinating footage, which captivated audiences and began to assuage our age-old shark fears. In fact, there’s been a noticeable shift in the general public’s outlook on our most feared ocean-dwelling friends.

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For instance, a few Great White Sharks made headlines last year when they beached themselves on the coast of Cape Cod. As opposed to running the opposite direction, beachgoers ran instead to their rescue. The footage of the public running to the aid of these long feared creatures and the immediate Internet attention this video received shows how people’s perspectives have begun to take a turn for the better. Similarly, some of these White Sharks have massive twitter followings. OCEARCH, a shark research organization, developed real-time tracking for a handful of White Shark individuals, giving them names like Mary Lee and Kathrine. These females and their movements captivated social media followers and have amassed a base of over 80,000 twitter followers, making them the most famous White Sharks of the ocean!

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Thanks to the efforts of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and organizations like OCEARCH, shark populations off US waters have begun to make a comeback. The North Atlantic population has bounced back from decimated numbers, and as well human perception has begun to see a shift from fear to fascination. These top predators may look scary from the outside, but they are key species to the oceanic ecosystem, and hey, sharks have feelings too! So be sure to tune in to Shark Week on June 26th, because it’s guaranteed to provide us with some incredible shark footage and scientific insight!

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We do believe in Neverland!

At Sea Camp, we love to get creative! We delight in imagination! And we celebrate originality! But what do all those words mean? Creativity is the catalyst of everything we construct, from the architecture of our homes, to the gripping stories we immortalize in books and movies, to the unique way we choose to shape our own lives. Creativity is the ability to be inventive – to brainstorm new ideas and bring them to life. The creative world is one free from restrictive rules, full of wonder and strangeness, where anything goes and all you need is a little faith in your own potential. It’s a little like Neverland. And where does the creative spirit come from? It’s hard to say exactly. It’s a mysterious and powerful force, a little like fairy dust. But we do know some ingredients that can help get those creative juices flowing, and the fact that you can find all of them at summer camp – well, it’s a little like magic.

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Neuroscientists have been studying the magic of creativity for a long time. They’ve determined that there are many different ways to be creative: a good creative “insight” – a flash of an original idea – can be planned or spontaneous, and be processed logically, emotionally, or both. They’ve also learned that an inventor needs different types of fuel. First comes inspiration: fresh raw material like clay to sculpt an idea; and then motivation: the skill, drive, and tools to sculpt it into a masterpiece. Finally, a creator must not be afraid of failure – maybe even rejoice in it a little – because it’s often only through trial and error that great ideas come to be.

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What better way to play with imagination, celebrate creativity, and rejoice in the weird and wonderful than in our very own Neverland on Catalina? At SeaCamp, we have everything we need to think outside the box. Here, inspiration floats as freely as Captain Hook’s pirate ship on the island breeze. That’s because it’s born from new experiences and sensations, like meeting new people (hello cabinmates!), traveling to a new place (hello orange cliffs and blue water!), or trying a new activity (hello snorkeling for the first time!). And motivation can be developed by practicing a new skill (hello ice cream sundae art!), pushing your comfort zone (hello sailing!) or learning new facts (hello hands-on marine science!). We don’t take ourselves too seriously at camp, which creates the perfect environment to try new things, be silly, and be yourself.

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So grab your wings, your face paint, and your pirate hat, and join us on our journey to a seriously enchanted place. Let your imagination romp with laughter, new friends, and new skills – only here, the magic is all about growing up.

THE BEST DAY EVER

A couple of people behind the scenes that make camp that make every day the the best day ever are the Head Counselors. Their main purpose is to help and support all of our counselors in the wonderful job that they do looking after all the campers. They also do some less exciting paperwork and administration type of tasks. Everything they do is to help make the best experience for all the campers. 

Now to introduce our funny head counselors who have come from afar…

Meet our Head Female Counselor, Marea and our Head Male Counselor, John

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Although Marea has spent most of her time living with butterflies in New Zealand, she recently has decided to step out of her cocoon and travel to the U.S.A for the summer. In her free time she likes to sing songs and skip around town. She has been training to be able to lick her elbow, and thinks she will be able to do it by the end of the Summer!

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Helloooooooo! My names Swan or Swanny or Swanathon or hey you. Swanny comes from a land down under…yes, you guess it, England! Hahaha He has been trying for years to become the lead juggler in the traveling circus. Although every year they tell him that he should try again next year. We all hope his dreams will come true. In the meantime he has decided to try his talents in the U.S. While here he plans to train in his free time. We really wish him the best of luck. 

If you can’t tell we love have fun and being silly. We hope you had a laugh and enjoyed the video.

WE HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!!!

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We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. Catalina Sea Camp is a hands-on marine science program with an emphasis on ocean exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and ocean happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at minimum a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science or related subject. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science and ocean information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.catalinaseacamp.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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