Teachers or others interested in making their own branch of the Museums of Endangered Ocean Life, get in touch. We can help you find ways of helping kids create their own works of art and science that get posted in the museum, worldwide!

More importantly, we can help kids find ways to truly make a difference, no matter where they live. There is always something to do to make the world a better place, a healthier place, and more fun too. Fred can help put smiles on faces - faces of happier kids with new purpose in a new year!

Become a FRIEND OF FRED and help spread the word about those who help endangered species. Invite Fred to your school. He will bring lots of good information and connect you with others.

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Facing Future Explained

EXTINCT means gone, pau, from all places. Example, the O'o is extinct from its former forests in Hawaii. They no longer exist.

EXTIRPATEDmeans gone from a given area. Example, Grizzly Bears were extirpated from California about 1925. They still exist.

ENDANGERED means that a species is nearing extinction unless actions are taken immediately to save them. It is usually a legal term associated with the Endangered Species Act, but because this is a political tool, it does not always reflect accurate science. Example: the Hawaiian Monk Seal is endangered and will likely become extinct.

THREATENED means that a species is likely to near extinction and become endangered unless actions are taken to protect it and its habitat. Example: Bald Eagles were threatened but have been removed from this list due to habitat protection and reductions in use of chemicals such as DDT.

SPECIES OF CONCERN: Many states have lists that include species not covered under federal protection as endangered or threatened. These may be species extirpated from the state, but present in greater numbers in neighboring areas.

Unfortunately, no reasonable approach has been worked out to list endangered habitats, the primary living space for all life forms. To many scientists, the entire Arctic is now endangered. Imagine, as Richard Ellis says, "If Australia were suddenly to disappear, don't you think we would wake up and do something?" Well, we are losing an area about the size and importance of Australia as the Arctic disappears, transforming due to climate change and taking with it the Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales, and Peoples dependent on that vast ecosystem.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



They wash up on the beach here at Marrowstone
I pick them up, intercepting them
on a journey it seems, to Pihemanu.
They stare at me all winter
Now that spring is here
I saw them as faces
as little lights in the sea.

Last summer out on Pihemanu
I picked them up too,
sometimes plucking them free from a tangle
squid beaks and flying fish eggs, bottle caps and

Beach Found Objects. Marrowstone Point. 2010.
Ron Hirschi
Thanks to Matt Hall,
Skookum Recycling for Inspiration

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Beach Debris Mask
Susan Scott, Honolulu writer and artist.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Sundays are always good for making art. These masks have a base from aquaculture (Penn Cove Mussell Discs that wash up on Marrowstone Island in good numbers); Bottle Caps; Toys (Yes, the hand grenade is a plastic toy); and a big oyster culture mesh bag. Note: The big nose on the whiskered mask is a toy golf club handle and the white marks on its face are scars from barnacles, indicating the disc had been adrift for at least one year.

All materials recycled objects and all the the plastic coated wire hair and whiskers were picked up on January and February beach cleanups on Marrowstone Island.        Art by Fred. 2010.

Created for WSU Beach Watcher Workshop, 8 March 2010. Marrowstone Island, Washington.