Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dumbo Octopus A Rare Sight


Takes Flight in Ocean Depths


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

While movie-goers are heading to theaters to see the new, live-action version of Disney’s movie classic Dumbo…


ocean scientists on the E/V Nautilus exploration vessel have been looking at another Dumbo deep beneath the sea.  


The scientists were treated to a special sight at the end of the 2018 exploration season when they spotted a rare Dumbo Octopus while surveying the deep waters of the Davidson Seamount in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off California's coast.


The ship was using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to photograph the area when the Dumbo Octopus – with its large fins that resemble the ears of the well-known elephant – unexpectedly drifted into view.


The 2 ft.-long octopus, which was swimming at a depth of some 10,000 feet below sea level, delighted the crew with its twists and turns and other maneuverings.


Dumbo octopuses, who spend most of their time hovering just above the ocean floor, can move quickly, using their fins and eight webbed-together legs to propel themselves. 


With the start of the exploration vessel's 2019 season just getting underway, who knows what new wonders it will find hidden in the ocean's depths? 





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Monday, April 29, 2019

Kohl's Cares!


Making the World Better


A Surfrider Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Surfrider Foundation sponsor Kohl's is more than a place to find fashions and housewares. It's a company that wants to make the world a better place.

Founded by Polish immigrant Maxwell Kohl, who started with a corner grocery store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1927, Kohl's opened its first department store in 1962 and has grown into one of the country's most successful retailing chains.


Kohl's believes in giving back to the community and protecting the environment. Through its volunteer activities, corporate contributions and Kohl's Cares program it's bringing people together and helping to improve lives.


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have seen Kohl's associates out in force at charity events in SoCal.


And at Surfrider's annual Ohana (family) Day that celebrates togetherness in Seal Beach...


picking up trash and helping to sort throwaways for recycling.


We love the Kohl's Cares books and stuffed animals the company sells.


These not only put smiles on children's faces, but help to encourage reading.


It's great to know that 100% of the net profit from Kohl’s Cares merchandise goes to support happier and healthier communities nationwide. Nearly $340 million has been raised.


As part of its commitment to the environment, Kohl's utilizes sustainable (green) practices that protect our natural resources, recycles materials, and conserves water. In 2018 Kohl's received the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.


Following its corporate mission to put customers and its communities first, Kohl's is helping others... 

and strengthening the bonds of Ohana that we all share. 

  



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