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STUART -- Florida Oceanographic Society will celebrate World Ocean Day on Saturday, June 8 with an inaugural Sand Sculpting Contest and Beach Cleanup at Stuart Beach, aimed at building awareness while leaving no trace.
Join FOS for a beach cleanup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Stuart Beach. Pre-registration is necessary to participate in the contest but not the beach cleanup. Anyone interested in helping with the cleanup should check in at the FOS tent beachside near the north entrance.
The sand sculpting contest is from noon to 4 p.m., a fun afternoon of creativity with a three-hour window for teams to build a sand creation, 45 minutes for judging and public viewing, followed by a leveling of the field with particular attention to removing manmade obstacles.
Sea turtles use the beaches every night in the nesting season that runs March 1 to Oct. 31, and leaving the beach better than we find it is important for providing a clear path for nesting turtles and hatchlings. Needless to say, half the fun will be in the leveling - leaving no trace.
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center has been home to non-releasable sea turtles for three years. Their educational programs emphasize the importance of our beaches to the sea turtle population and focus on removing man-made obstacles and hazardous debris, particularly non-degradable plastic. Nighttime sea turtle walks are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of June and July - visit FloridaOcean.org to RSVP.
Families, friends and coworkers are invited to pre-register as a team for the Sand Sculpting Contest.
Registration on FloridaOcean.org is a $25 tax-deductible donation. The theme of the contest is World Ocean Day and there will be three competition categories: best themed, most creative, and best marine animal.
Special thanks to sponsors, CaribSea and the Sea Turtle License Plate program.
Visit FloridaOcean.org and click on "Events" for details including rules and registration, or call (772) 225-0505.