Gold Award Recipent Shelby O’Neill’s Advocates for Ocean Conservancy

Meet high school student Shelby O’Neil, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Gold Award recipient—the highest honor in Girl Scouting! Shelby’s project is the Jr Ocean Guardians, a conservation organization aiming to help keep our oceans safe and healthy. Shelby O'Neill - Ocean Clean Up DayShelby began her volunteer work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium near … Continue reading Gold Award Recipent Shelby O’Neill’s Advocates for Ocean Conservancy

The Beast

The raft. Mentally, I named it the Beast. It was a 15-person raft, about 11 feet in diameter, a black Explore the ocean in August with Melissa and the Corps of Exploration.Follow the adventure here in the GSCCC blog and at NautilusLive.organd orange monstrosity of plastic and rubber and fabric, about a hundred and fifty … Continue reading The Beast

Land Ho!

Today started and ended magically. Today was the day we finally arrived at the Galápagos.Just after breakfast it appeared through the clouds in the distance: San Cristóbal Island! This is the first island of the archipelago that Darwin stepped foot on in 1835. It is comprised of several extinct volcanoes linked together, and is a jumble … Continue reading Land Ho!


Another long day spent in transit. Today, the sea was not as calm as yesterday, and the choppy water has sent confusing messages to my inner ear, resulting in bouts of seasickness. Unfortunately, I lost my breakfast shortly after consuming it. Fortunately, I made it to the bathroom in time.The choppiness of the water did … Continue reading Seasick