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Taking a paddle board out to the deep blue ocean might just be the most relaxing thing in the world. It is pure peace! You are in a serene state with the most beautiful thing surrounding you on all sides, the ocean. While paddling, if I see anything that doesn’t belong in the ocean, I can put it on my board and bring it back. You can have fun and help the ocean at the same time. When you look down, you never know what you’ll find. I paddle board in the Gulf of Mexico, and I sometimes even find sharks and manatees! Paddle boarding is an amazing experience and I highly recommend trying it. It gives you a real understanding of how beautiful the ocean is and why we need to protect it.




Throughout my life, I have always loved exploring the ocean, and one of my favorite things to do is snorkel. Snorkeling gives you the perspective of a fish. Floating in the ocean is a magical feeling that you can’t explain until you try it! When I go into the Gulf of Mexico, I am astounded by the beauty that is only a few feet away from my eyes, and there is always something new to find. There are marine creatures from sheepshead fish, to ginormous horseshoe crabs. There are stingrays, pinfish, snook, redfish, mullet, greenbacks, and many more! As sad as it is, you often find trash in these animals' natural habitats. Cleaning it up could save an animal’s life! The beauty of the ocean really is something special, and Ocean Needs Everyone is determined to preserve this beauty through beach cleanups and ocean conservation projects. I’m so grateful that I get to enjoy the ocean at home and take part in keeping it safe and beautiful.

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