On Sept. 12 I gave my first speech at Ignite Charity. I didn't know how nervous I would be. I was. I knew that I wanted to talk about saving sharks and saving the oceans. I had to do it. There were so many people and cameras. I had to hold a mic. Did I mention all the people? Almost 300 people were watching me. I thought I memorized my whole speech. I knew that I could do it in my sleep, but when I saw all those people, it was as if my brain froze a little. Everyone cheered me on when I forgot a line. They were so nice. They wanted to help and so I kept going. My 20 slides that changed every 15 seconds went so fast. I couldn't keep up, but it didn't matter. People listened anyway. I hope I got my message out.
Here is my message: Hi my name is Maddie. I am 9 years old and I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. We all need to try every day to do what we can to save our oceans because with every breath we take, with every drop of water we drink, we are connected to the oceans. We are harming marine life with overfishing, shark finning and pollution.
EVERYONE can make a difference if we just try. Please try. Help save our beautiful planet, our magical oceans and sharks that I love.
I am Maddie, I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. You can be one too.
Please help AfriOceans and my hero Lesley Rochat do what they can to save our sharks. Help Oceana save our oceans and help National Geographic teach kids like me about our planet and all the animals in it.
Meet Tucker the Whale Dog.
Tucker is a dog who helps save Orca whales. He sniffles their 'poo' and the marine biologists who work with Tucker can track the Orca's movements and learn all kinds of stuff about them.
Because of all the overfishing, it is getting harder for Orca whales to find enough fish to eat. They like to eat salmon. Orcas are stressed in looking for food. I guess that there are ways this can be found out by the stuff in their droppings. It can tell what they are eating and a lot more. Tucker doesn't like to get wet even though he spends lots of time on boats off the coast of Seattle.
Here's a cool click link to the article and video about Tucker. What a dog!
A Movie to Remember
Dolphin Tale is one of my favourite movies. What happens in the movie is interesting and a bit scary too. Winter, a wild dolphin, gets her tail trapped in a crab trap. A man sees it and calls the Clearwater Aquarium. A boy named Sawyer sees the dolphin too and runs to her side and then cuts her free from the trap. She is really hurt. Winter gets moved to the aquarium where the doctor and his helpers try to save her life. This is where her story begins.
Winter's tail is really infected. If she is going to live, it has to come off. She has to try to swim without it. She gets help and there this is where the story has lots of hope and happiness too.
This movie is a reminder to be kind to our oceans and to keep trying even if it seems impossible. When I watched this movie, it pushed me to try harder and never stop trying to save our oceans and the marine animals that live in it.
If I had to rate this movie, I would give it five out of five stars.
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732