SHARK SERIES

Check out TheCleanUp Kids on YouTube for my newest project to raise awareness for all kinds of conservation issues that our planet faces. Right now we are in the middle of a special shark series.

Would or wouldn’t you swim with sharks?! Why it why not? I have been with Nat Geo photographer Jim Abernethy and it was the most amazing experience EVER! Check out the link below and let me know what you think?!

Sharks!!

Today, I swam with sharks! That’s right! I’m 11, and I swam with sharks with the amazing Jim Abernethy! It was amazing to see lemon sharks and some bull sharks and guess what?! Nobody was bitten or attacked! You know why? Sharks aren’t mindless eating machines. Sharks are actually afraid of people and are shy. Jim has gotten to know them over decades and loves them so much. These beautiful creatures need protected and loved. They need to be appreciated for what they are. Amazing, gorgeous, strong, but vulnerable animals.

Let’s all help save sharks together! what can you do if you don’t live near the ocean? Don’t eat shark! Limited your single use plastics when you can. Check your ingredients list in cosmetics, cat/dog food and don’t buy things that contain squalene.

Rare bird sighting!

I was able to see an amazing beautiful bird this week, the Snowy owl! I live in Tennessee so these birds are not normally seen here. This is the first one in my city/county and only the 15th seen on our state. It’s thought that females will wait until they know there’s enough food so when they do have chicks, there’s more than average and they need to expand their territories so they sometimes go further south.

This beauty isn’t the biggest owl but one of the heaviest because of the thick feathers, which keep them warm in cold climates like the arctic.

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

I was so excited to be able to present about my grant and progress over the last year. I have invested time and a lot of energy to help save the Tennessee River.

The Tennessee River is the most polluted with microplastics than any other river in the world tested to date. I believe some of these microplastics are from fishing line and monofilament because w shave huge fishing tournaments here which generate millions of dollars. This also means fishing line waste while anglers are busy and the broken line gets tossed in the trash.

I’ve started monofilament recycling and now have 10 receptacles placed along the river.

I can’t wait to see what next year brings and how I can further my projects.

New receptacles coming soon!

I have plans for new monofilament receptacles to be places soon! I’m working with TWRA on new places to put them and strategize where and when to empty.

All the fishing line collected goes to Berkeley fishing and is recycling led and turned into fish habitats to better our waterways instead of threatening it with improperly disposed of fishing line that wreaks havoc on our wildlife.

Check back to see where these new receptacles will be places! I can’t wait.

The Cleanup Kids

Ella & I have been working super hard creating exciting new videos all about education, and conservation issues affecting our world and us kids.

We know we can make a difference and have some cool new content coming soon so check us out in YouTube at The Cleanup Kids

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCC52zJPDinx41io-QrPLO7Q

Check out YouTube

My friend, Ella, and I started our own YouTube channel to educate and inspire kids. People sometimes tell us not to worry about the planet or that 1 plastic cup, or straw. Don’t worry that our planet is dying and we are slowing extending her misery. Don’t worry that the ocean, which basically gives us life is being killed at an unbelievable rate.
We do worry, kids worry. We know we want change, we know we need change. We are a small population but we are all part fit what future so we can and will create change. We can better be planet if you let our voices be heard. Let us work, let us care, let us be the change for our planet. Last week we talked about the Amazon and how important it is to take care of. This week we will address single use plastics as well as talk to a very special guest. Tune in, check it out and give us a follow. It’s important! It’s time! Time for kids to make a difference and be heard! It’s time for our worry to feel real and let’s address it with some real solutions!

Fossil hunting

Last week we went fossil hunting in Myrtle beach, SC. Doesn’t sound possible right? I mean, we were literally walking in the beach like any other day but looking for something thousands of years old. It was crazy to just look around and shark teeth are everywhere! How do we not see this? Why do so many people go to cheap gift shops and buy shark tooth necklaces when you can just go to the beach and find one and make your own? Why?

Because it’s easier! But it’s actually terrible for the environment. The shark tooth necklaces you buy in gift shops have fresh white shark teeth while the ones on the beach are black. Do you know why? The white ones are from sharks harvested strait from the ocean either by illegal fishing or by catch. We NEED sharks in the ocean. We need them for healthy ecosystems. We need to learn they are more important where they belong than in a bowl of soup or a cheap novelty necklace. We need more amazing ecotourism options for people to go in the ocean and see these great predators in their own environment.

Keep The TN River Beautiful Cleanup

I was able to help with a river cleanup hosed by Keep the TN River Beautiful. They have been awarded a huge grant and with t they have gotten a boat, motor and a truck. Now they can reach places they couldn’t before.

Today, we cleaned over 850 pounds of trash!! There was so much more that we didn’t get to. I can’t wait to get back ot with them and save our River, one piece at a time!

SCUBA

3 more dives and I will be a certified Jr. open water diver. I am so excited and this has been so fun but SCUBA is hard and very tiring. I can’t wait to see where I go in the world to dive and what I get to see and explore!