Sunday, January 26, 2014


I could have sworn that I posted on this blog that I have a new blog, and then I found out the post didn't go up. I have a new blog now at! Please follow me there!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Marine garbage trap designed by a 19 year old

Remember that article I shared out the 19 year old boy that built this contraption that looks like a space ship to help clean the sea in a matter of years? Well check this out!

“What if there were a way to turn oceanic currents—which can make it so difficult to collect marine trash—from an obstacle into a solution?” 
This marine garbage trap, designed by a 19-year-old, could potentially capture nearly one-third of the 7.25 million metric tons of plastic floating on the surface of our oceans. Read more from OnEarth Magazine: <- LINK

I think this is brilliant. I think we should consider putting a few of these out there around the world. This can be a wonderful help in getting our oceans clean again so we can see restoration to our oceans. But this is just the beginning of things we need to do to seeing the oceans begin to heal and really regain strength and build life. So much has been taken out of our oceans and a lot has been put in. It will take quite a while to get the oceans cleaned up, but it can happen. We must continue to educated, raising awareness, and continue to come up with ideas like this to help with the current pollution and damage to the ocean. I am thrilled to hear about this boys idea. I cannot believe he is only 19 years old.

Here is the video that was posted on YouTube on the TED page of his TED talk:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

St. Petersburg Science Festival

This weekend I got to volunteer at the St. Petersburg Science Festival "Science in the sun" event. It's a wonderful festival to celebrate science. Each booth has a science lesson and activity for the kids and people of all ages to participate it. Each person gets to learn science and have fun doing it. When I arrived to volunteer they told me that I was there a couple hours early for the job I was assigned for, so I went out for a walk to check out the booths and get an idea of what it was going to be like. This was my first time volunteering and my first time attending this yearly event. There was a booth about research vessels and you could sign up to take a tour of the iconic R/V Weatherbird II. I went on this tour and enjoyed it. Now I know what that research vessel is like. It is one of the two that my mentor is on often for research trips. So it was cool to see the vessel myself and hear a lot of wonderful stories. They had another one about ROV's. That booth had a pool setup with a ROV in it that kids could control and have fun with as they learn about them. These are only two of the many wonderful educational booths that the event had. We had a lot of wonderful places and organizations that came out such as MOTE marine, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, several schools and many more organizations, places and schools. I had a wonderful time observing the people and their kids interacting at each booth, and having fun while learning science. I'll say that this festival was certainly a success, and I am so happy I got to help out as a volunteer and be a part of it as I could.

The volunteer sign in! Yours truly was one of them!

One of my new friends I made 

This is a picture I took of the USF marine science building that I took. I call it my almost school. USF is where the event was held.

You can check out all the photos that were taken at the festival at

I am sorry to share that my phone is not allowing me to properly upload my photos to the computer so I can share them. My Nikon was ruined in a flood so I tried using my phone. But now I can't get my phone to allow me to transfer the photos to the computer, and now for some reason those photos disappeared. But the people who ran the festival took a lot of wonderful photos that you can check out at that above link!

Friday, October 18, 2013

I got a second job at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Recently I got a job at a local restaurant as a server, and then this past week I was hired to work at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as a diver. It's a temporary job cleaning boats and tanks, and helping maintain the Aquarium while the main crew and staff are helping with the new film Dolphin Tale 2 that they are currently filming. I start this new job next week on Tuesday evening, for the night shift. I am very excited about this and I am looking forward to helping this wonderful Aquarium.

Job advertisement from Bill Jackson's on Facebook:
Hey everyone. We need the assistance of our diving community. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has just started production of A Dolphin Tail 2 and they need assistance. 

They are looking for 8-10 capable divers to assist with the maintenance of the Aquarium such as maintaining the aquarium tanks that the stars of the movie, *the dolphins*, stay in.

This is a great opportunity to help the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, see the movie from behind the scenes, and earn a little bit of extra money on the side.

Solid divers with excellent diving and buoyancy skills are a must. Divers with Advanced or better certifications are a plus.

Morning shifts would be from 6am - 11am. Evening shifts would be from 5pm - 10pm. Either shift pays $12.00 hr.

For more information call us here at the dive shop at 727-576-4169 or call Mark Baldwin at 813-480-2109.

Thanks everyone. Lets show the Clearwater Aquarium some love 

I immediately responded by calling up Mark and he had me come in the following day (Wednesday) after my classes. I had to do a few swim tests in the pool: 5 laps, treading water for 10 minutes and then taking a five pound weight down and then coming up, and then going back down to retrieve it. Throughout my time there for this interview I had a few different times where we did walk by and see the set of the film Dolphin Tale 2. I saw Nathan Gample and Cozi Zuehlsdorff in one of the tanks inside filming. It was very cool seeing the whole crew and all the lighting and equipment. I saw the director and everyone there filming one of the scene's in the water. This was day 3 of filming for them. I wonder who else I will see around at the Aquarium as I work and they film!

 My acceptance letter:

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is pleased to offer you the position of Part Time Temporary Diver as per the terms below contingent on your background check. In addition within 30 days of acceptance you must provide CMA a Doctors note stating that you are fit to dive. Your position, as are all positions at CMA, will be on an at-will employment basis, and the duties and other aspects of your employment can be modified by CMA management from time-to-time.
Your expected duties will include, but not be limited to:
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Capable of following the guidelines set forth by the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for safe diving in all exhibits and aquariums. Responsible for all underwater cleaning activities utilizing vacuums and scrubbers as directed by the DSO.
· Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality and safety standards
· Responsible for efficiently and effectively cleaning the animal habitats
· Responsible for diver safety of each team member to ensure all pre and post dive logs are completed
· Responsible for all team divers to ensure all equipment is safe and operational
· Responsible for following all animal protocols while diving and/or working in the animal habitats
· Must follow all guidelines and schedules as outline by the CMA handbook and the DSO
· Perform other duties as workload necessitates
· Supervise and coordinate volunteer dive efforts
Work Schedule: To be determined by the DSO, subject to change as needed.
Classification: Temporary Part Time
Compensation: $12.00 per hour
• A 90day standard probationary period.
We are pleased to offer you this position, and look forward to a long-term relationship between you and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Please contact me via email at your earliest convenience to let me know if you will be accepting this position and we will proceed with your background check. You will then be notified when your background check is complete and your start date will be discussed. Thank you.

Dawn De Santis
Assistant Vice President of Guest Relations/HR
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
727-441-1790 ext 230
727-445-1139 Fax
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment.
We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue,
rehabilitation, & release of marine life. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767  RESCUE • REHAB • RELEASE

I am looking forward to working at the Aquarium, helping these wonderful people out with the upkeep of the Aquarium while they film. Maybe this temporary job will turn permanent by the end of my time!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Looking for direction

I am looking for direction as I continue to move forward towards the deep sea shark research field. I was given some direction from a few different individuals for people that I should get in touch with. I have e-mailed each of those suggested people, and I am waiting for their responses. I hope to gain the advice and direction that I need for these guys. If they are unable to help me in this way, I hope that they might have names of people I really should get in touch with that could help me out. I am sure these individuals I e-mailed will be great. I looked each of them up and they seem perfect. They are in Florida is several different areas, which is something to consider. I am willing to move at any time, anywhere, to get to where I am going. I did ask them as well about how I can get involved with them in deep sea shark research, and if they can help me out as I would like to do my own individual project.

I am going to be spending some time tonight doing some researching online and see if I can find some direction and more good people to get in touch with. If you are reading this blog and you can help me in this in any way, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Monday, September 30, 2013

The ocean takes such good care of us. Why not return the favor?

From right to left: Darlene and I

This past week I (Hannah) went out the Tampa Bay Watch, along with my best friend and roommate Darlene Limtiaco, for the coastal clean up for national estuaries day. We along with a good hand full of people came together at the Sunshine Skyway bridge location to clean up at the bridge and around Blackthorn Memorial park. There was another group at Fort Desoto park, as well as many other places around Florida with different people, groups and organizations, as well as all over the U.S with different coastal cleanup events this whole past week. Our group out at the Sunshine Skyway bridge and Blackthorn memorial park filled up over forty trash bags with trash. It was horrible to see how trashed the area was. There was trash not only on top of the rocky area where people fish, but out in the water itself, and all of the ground near the bridge and in the road. We found everything from bras and underwear, to diaper and all sorts of trash. I was relieved to have been able to catch two beer bottles that went into the ocean. The whole area was trashed, and as if the surface wasn't bad enough, there was trash under each layer of boulder and rock. We lifted a lot of big-heavy rock to move them over and collect the trash that was underneath those layers. Each of us filling trash bag after trash bag, thinking of how disgusting it is and how horrible we are.

We think that the land and especially the sea is the place to put things that we do not want, and not only that, but we can take what we want at the same time from the ocean. We are taking and taking from the ocean, sucking our oceans dry of life, and then polluting the oceans and the land with all the things we do not want .We are putting ourselves in grave danger, because if the oceans are in danger, which they are because of us, then we are in danger. Destruction of the oceans means destruction for us. In order for us to have a healthy planet that is livable, we need healthy oceans; because health to the ocean means health for us. Our oceans cover over seventy percent of earth's surface. The oceans hold many of the wonderful things we and the planet need for survival; such as much of our oxygen and protein, and our drinking water. The water not only cares for we human beings, but the planet itself. The ocean waters and feeds the planet that give off more oxygen and things we need to survive, and this goes for all the animals too. We are destroying our life support system, and for the most part right now, we don't seem to care.

After a short period of time, Darlene broke off on her own to go clean up under the Skyway Bridge, while I remained where I was at, making my way down along the water at the rocks. Danny (one of the other volunteers) and I made it all the way down for the most part. I stopped where when it got to the narrow area, where there weren't many rocks. Darlene and I by that time were exhausted and ready to head out. Danny carried on to finish that whole area, and many other kept at it for some time. Darlene and I got back to the shaded area to get water and talk with the others who also finished. We found out that our area picked up over forty bags of trash. All of us volunteers were in shock and we were wondering how Fort Desoto was doing, as well as the other locations.

Before leaving Darlene filmed me speaking from my heart for the ocean, about pollution. Here is that video: 

It was a great day of hard work, and needless to say we slept well that night, but woke up very sore. I have been dealing with a lot of back pain from moving so many big rocks to collect other trash. But that is not a complaint and it's okay, I say it's worth it. Whatever trash I can get to I am going to pick up. This past Saturday at this coastal cleanup event, Darlene and I signed up to be volunteers. We are looking forward to future opportunities to volunteer for events like this, but we don't stop there.

Darlene and I pick up trash as we snorkel, free dive, and SCUBA dive. We also pick up trash as we see it as we walk the beaches on all of our beach visits every week, and in parks and places we go to in our daily lives as we come across the trash. This isn't just something we should be doing when these events come up. We should be cleaning up after ourselves, and cleaning up trash we come across daily in our lives, caring for our planet. Believe it or not, no matter where the trash is thrown, it all eventually makes it to the ocean in run off, and streams of water, and rivers. It doesn't matter where it's thrown, it all makes it to the same place, the ocean. We need to keep these things in mind and be responsible for ourselves and think about our actions and the consequences they produce. We want to act for the good of US. "Conservation is most important, because conservation is the preservation of human life on earth." (Rob Stewart)

I encourage each of you to help take part in your communities. Help us clean up the land and sea, and encourage others to do the same. There are many things we can do to help, but we can't just think of them and say "that's a wonderful idea", we must do it and encourage others to come along and help us as well. The ocean takes such good care of us. Why not return the favor?