Escape to Margaritaville ends run on Broadway

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Jimmy Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” ended it run on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on July 1st. The musical is heading out across North America for a national tour beginning with a show in Providence RI in October 2019.

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Australian Drummer Adding His Own Kick to Punk Classics

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Newcastle, Australia is almost 8,000 miles from Southern California.

A full 19 hour plane ride from the streets of Los Angeles and the Bay areas, the streets that shaped bands like Lagwagon and No Use For A Name. 19 hours from the place where The Offspring, Pennywise, Green Day, and Blink-182 rocketed skate punk into the mainstream.

But the physical distance meant nothing for Kye Smith.

Who Is Kye Smith?

Smith grew up in a small town called Seaham, about a 40 minute drive from Newcastle. In 2002, he started playing the drum set in the back of the music room in his high school. With little else to do in Seaham, Kye ended up playing drums in his spare time. After getting a kit, he quit drum lessons six months in, determined to create his own path.

Kye honed his skills by listening to his idols, sitting behind the kit and playing along to punk rock CDs. Frenzal Rhomb was at the forefront from early on for Kye, as they were and still are one of Australia’s most successful punk bands.

Smith put his skills to the test in 2007 when he joined Local Resident Failure, a Newcastle-based skate punk band. After gaining fans in the Newcastle area, they produced a handful of EPs and toured Australia KyeSmith2extensively. On the side, Kye started his own YouTube channel, packed with his drum covers. Quickly after, his cover of Blink-182’s “Hearts All Gone” went viral, complete with stick flips, keeping up with Travis Barker almost effortlessly.

One main key to Kye’s continued success on YouTube is his “5 Minute Drum Chronologies,” where he runs through a band’s catalog in five minutes, playing snippets of as many songs as he can fit. He has showcased Nirvana, NOFX, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, and more. Another popular feature is his “Overplayed Drum Cover” series, where he puts his own drum tracks into well-known songs. Some projects in this series include “Misery Business” by Paramore, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, and “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, which he covered with Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun.

Smith’s devotion to punk rock is like no other, and is exemplified in two videos. A 14 minute showing that covers Fat Wreck Chords’ first 20 years of releases, and a 20 minute video that does the same for Epitaph Records.

In addition to his successful YouTube channel, Kye is often brought on by touring punk bands. He has even sat in for Frenzal Rhomb on a few occasions. As he continued to share his skills online, to a subscribed audience of 115,000, Kye started to miss working with other musicians. He knew he had the talent, and now the reach, to make it all happen.

Kye told the Pier: “I had an idea to do a fast version of The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ for a while, and coincidentally Teenage Bottlerocket, who are a Ramones influenced band, had just announced an Australian tour and would be passing through Newcastle. I hit up Ray to see if he would be interested in being a part of the video and it all started from there.”

The Wyoming-based Teenage Bottlerocket agreed to make the cover with Kye, and the process began. A process that would span thousands of miles, involve 5 artists from 3 different bands, and even one father-son duo, all crafting a new take on a 42-year-old anthem.

The success of his double-time “Blitzkrieg Bop” cover gave Kye his most recent idea: the “Mates Series”

Watch: Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop” (Double Time Cover)

The “Mates Series”

Named after its reliance on collaborations, this product is Kye’s way to pay homage to his musical heroes and play with other musicians simultaneously. The “Mates Series” features Kye Smith behind the kit, and friends and touring musicians alike on all other instruments and vocals. His second episode was recorded with members of Jacksonville, Florida ska-punk band Less Than Jake.

After noticing they would be coming through Newcastle, Kye contacted Roger Lima, vocals and bass for Less Than Jake. Lima’s recent stand in with NOFX, in Eric Melvin’s absence, made the choice easy: they would cover a classic tune from Fat Mike and the boys. They chose “Stickin In My Eye,” from their 1992 release White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean (Epitaph). The track features Lima on vocals, bass, and guitar, Less Than Jake members JR Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub on horns, members of Australian band Chris Duke and the Royals on backing vocals, and Kye on drums.

Their version adds a new flavor to the pounding punk song, with the choruses and outro handled with upstrokes in true ska fashion. Lima’s voice fits well over the song, Kye commands from the throne, and JR and Buddy, clad in NOFX tee-shirts, add their definitive sound. “Stickin In My Eye” was tracked similarly as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” with Kye on the drums and Roger on vocals from Kye’s Australia studio, and the instrumental tracks done post-tour in Less Than Jake’s home studio in Florida.

Kye said this of his Mates Series: “Everyone who has been on board for the videos so far have been awesome to work with. It has been a real treat for me to get to collaborate and track with dudes from some of my favourite bands. The fact that they are all really cool guys has made for it to be a really fun process.”

Just recently, Kye hosted the guys from Santa Cruz punk quartet Good Riddance for the third installment of his Mates Series. Russ Rankin (vocals), Luke Pabich (guitar), and Chuck Platt (bass) joined Kye at his Australia recording studio and laid the tracks for a punk rock cover of “Detroit Rock City” by 1970s glam metal band KISS. The cover also features the guys from Hack the Mainframe, a Newcastle-based melodic punk band.

As for future collaborations, Kye couldn’t divulge his plans just yet, but he assured us that several artists will be through Newcastle soon. Although maybe a stretch, his wish-list includes a collaboration with Green Day.

“They were the band that got me into music and were the gateway to punk rock when I was growing up, so it will always be one of those dreams to work towards,” Smith said of his childhood heroes. Although a jam session with Green Day, debatably the most popular punk band of all time, may seem unlikely, Kye can dream and we’ll continue to believe.

Watch: NOFX – “Stickin’ in My Eye”(Ska-Punk Cover) – Mates Series

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Watch: “Detroit Rock City” (KISS Cover) – Good Riddance feat. Kye Smith

Watch: Kye Smith – Green Day: A 5 Minute Drum Chronology

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Buffett and The Eagles perform in Denver

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at Coors Field in Denver CO. The set list from the show is now available.

From 303 Magazine: “Review – The Eagles’ Performance Matched the Denver Heat

Since the ’70s, The Eagles have been known as one of America’s most popular bands. The group has gone through decades of ups and downs, including member changes and deaths, record-breaking album sales and more than one reunion tour. After their infamously messy breakup in 1980, Eagles fans rejoice in pleasant shock every time the band graces a stage in their area. In 2018, they brought another reunion, this time to a scorching hot Coors Field along with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Jimmy Buffett is a man of all trades, having careers in music, writing and restaurant ownership, but at Coors Field last night his expertise remained solely of the tropic-rock kind. While the Caribbean-rock creator entered the stage on time, which is foreign to island-folk, Buffett’s ensemble channeled a fresh-off-the-boat look, with a blue, airy button up and a lack of footwear. Beach balls catapulted all over the atmosphere on the floor while intricate backdrops showcased scenes of the ocean, beach and all things tropical, which felt appropriate in 105-degree heat.

No one can accuse Jimmy Buffett of not knowing how to throw a good time, and his performance last night was continued proof that this sailor’s still got it. “Pencil Thin Mustache,” one of the first bits of the set, garnered thousands of voices singing along, which echoed throughout the stadium. After the island vibes had flowed for a few more songs, Buffett brought out Jones to assist him in “Come Monday.” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” stole the show from his tracklisting of the night, which came as no surprise.

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Finding the Arctic in the Swiss Alps

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Davos is a pleasant, yet sleepy, town nestled in the mountains of Switzerland. The main street gives way to hillside pastures and cows with bells. Cable cars and ski lifts offer access to flower-filled alpine meadows and rocky peaks. In late June, Davos was also the site of the POLAR2018 conference, a merging of Arctic and Antarctic research that attracted one of the largest crowds ever at a polar science event. The streets and corridors of the conference center were filled with the languages and accents of every continent, and the program overflowed with a huge breadth of topics. My jet lag soon gave way to the thrill of hearing from leading scientists about their latest findings and insights.

There appears to be even more going on in the Arctic Ocean than many of us realized. Along the continental slopes, where the seafloor plummets from the shallows of the continental shelves to the depths of the ocean basins, scientists reported indications of a surprising abundance of life at depths of about 1,000 feet. Water circulation, nutrients and other factors combine to produce suitable habitat, and more work is needed to find out what exactly lives there and whether this zone of relative abundance circles the whole Arctic or is just found in a few places.

Sea ice is, of course, on everyone’s minds, and the retreat of sea ice may bring some surprising consequences. For one, ice-free continental slopes may see much more upwelling, bringing nutrient-rich deep waters up to sunlight, one of the most productive processes in the world’s oceans. There is no guarantee that upwelling in the Arctic will have the same biological result, but there is some evidence that zooplankton in the Arctic could find a productive niche at the ice edge, even as it retreats over deeper waters. So, there remains much to watch and much to learn.

As science tries to fill in these gaps in our understanding of the Arctic, scientists at the conference spoke positively about the new international Arctic fisheries agreement. Under that agreement, called for by over 2,000 scientists including many at the Davos conference, five Arctic coastal countries and five others with distant-water fishing capabilities have agreed that we should understand the Central Arctic Ocean ecosystem before we allow commercial fishing to begin. The agreement provides for research and monitoring for at least 16 years to gather data on this changing ecosystem. A key question for scientists is how to convey up-to-date information to the diplomats in charge of making decisions about when discussions about sustainable fishing might start. Despite sessions devoted to the science-policy connection, it remains unclear how this vital aspect of the agreement will be addressed.

I returned home reinvigorated by the time spent with colleagues new and old, from near and far. The Alps, it turns out, are a good backdrop for sharing knowledge about the poles and for stimulating new ideas to explore, which we can continue to share the next time we get together.

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California’s Support for Our Ocean

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With many competing priorities for state attention this year, the California state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown had a lot of tough decisions to make, and compromises were the order of the day. However, Ocean Conservancy is pleased that the coast and ocean remain state priorities. Coastal and ocean issues were integral to the state’s budget, both via the recent voter-approved Proposition 68 that funds parks, water, and coast and ocean, and via the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and the Environmental License Plate Fund.

With this budget, California remains a leader on climate, and recognizes that our ocean and climate are closely intertwined. Some of the state’s major ocean and coastal investments for this year include funding for ocean and coastal resilience, conservation and restoration, as well as for coastal communities that are facing mounting risks from climate change, like sea level rise and ocean acidification.

A total of $5 million in funding from GGRF will go to coastal resilience projects that contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. These funds are generated via California’s groundbreaking cap-and-trade program which creates a carbon market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This climate mitigation-focused funding will be allocated to California’s three coastal conservation agencies: the California Coastal Commission, the State Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to fund a range of “on the water” projects.

The state budget also allocates funds from Proposition 68 to ocean and climate related projects, through allocations to the California Natural Resources Agency (the umbrella agency for coasts and ocean) and to the State Coastal Conservancy. Ten million will empower the Resources Agency to manage marine wildlife and promote healthy ocean and coastal communities while a similar allocation to the Ocean Protection Trust Fund will help coastal communities cope with climate change impacts. The State Coastal Conservancy will also receive about $50 million for coastal restoration and conservation, critical for adapting to climate change.

Finally, the state budget allocates $15 million from the “license plate fund” to the Ocean Protection Council. This will fund a portfolio of critical work including reducing threats to coastal and ocean ecosystems, improving fishery management, improving coastal water quality, increasing public access to the coast and ocean and providing monitoring and science that underpin state decision making.

Ocean Conservancy is pleased to see these strong investments by the state this year, for it acknowledges the connections between our ocean, the coast and the climate. In fact, Governor Brown will be showcasing this connection at his Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September. The ocean will play a strong role at this event that highlights the role of subnational action in safeguarding our climate and ocean and preparing for the future through forward-looking policy. But we need a strong commitment by California to increase funding for ocean and coastal priorities to help translate our state’s progressive policies into on-the-ground action. Ocean Conservancy, along with our conservation partners in California, is committed to working toward real investments that better match the growing needs of our coastal communities and ocean industries in this time of both growing environmental change and increasing federal turmoil. Thanks to the leadership of the California state legislature and of Governor Brown, we have a solid base on which to build. Let’s all commit to working with California’s leaders to ensure a healthy coast and ocean well into the future.

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The 2017 International Coastal Cleanup Results Are In!

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The 2018 International Coastal Cleanup report is here!

Last September, extraordinary volunteers from all around the world came together to clean up our beaches and waterways during the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). We are thrilled to share with you the results of their efforts in the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup Report!

The ICC began in 1986 with 2,800 volunteers picking up 124 tons of debris in Texas, and it would have been impossible to imagine what the event would become more than three decades later. Since the inception, nearly 13 million volunteers have collected almost 250 million pounds of debris from waterways and coastlines. In 2017, the momentum of ICC continued to grow: nearly 800,000 volunteers partook to collect over 20 million pounds of trash. Collectively, volunteers walked almost 19 thousand miles of coastline spanning over 106 countries. In this global movement, volunteers worldwide were unified in their goal—to curb the inputs of debris into the ocean.

The most promising part of last year’s International Coastal Cleanup is the incredibly impressive amount of data collected. Volunteers used Clean Swell and printed data forms to keep track of the items they were finding—and the results speak volumes. 20,824,689 items were recorded by volunteers, demonstrating the increased understanding that data are what drive solutions. Because of this conscious effort, scientists can use these data for their work on marine debris, policies can be made to curb the tide on trash and our ocean’s health can improve. Thanks to the ICC volunteer’s present and historic emphasis on data, we have been able to identify the 2017 ICC as unique—for the first year since the beginning of the ICC, the Top Ten items are all plastic. In the past, beverage cans, glass bottles and metal bottle caps have all seen their days in the top ten, but today, it’s ALL plastic. Remarkably, volunteers collected enough cigarette butts to line the distance of five marathons, enough balloons to lift a great white shark and enough plastic beverage bottles to fill over five standard swimming pools.

Great work, everyone on another historic year! See you again in September. Use our new and improved map to find a cleanup near you!

Looking for more great ways to help create Trash Free Seas®? Try our suggestions below:

  • Check out the 2018 ICC Report and our infographics from the report to learn more about the most pervasive types of trash from last year.
  • Download Clean Swell, our app, and let us know what types of trash you’re collecting from your local beach. The app is available for both iPhone and Android.
  • Take the pledge today: promise our ocean that as often as you can, you’ll say “no thanks” to single-use plastics, and commit to making mindful choices for the sake of marine wildlife. Reduce your purchases of single-use disposable goods. Purchasing reusable items minimizes the chance that throwaway plastics make it to beaches, waterways or the ocean.
  • Sign up for this year’s ICC!

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Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Model Grand Opening June 30th

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Find your home in paradise with the grand opening of Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head’s collection of decorated model homes! Tour 9 amazing floorplans with authentic Margaritaville style and quality craftsmanship as you enjoy live music, entertainment, food, friends and fun.

The celebration will also include the grand opening of the Lake Latitude Club, featuring a resort-style pool, sandy beach area, fitness center and party room. It’s sure to be a popular gathering spot for endless activities, events and adventures!

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is located in the heart of the Lowcountry with convenient access to world-famous Hilton Head, voted the #1 island vacation destination in the United States.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Sales Center
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Hardeeville, SC 29927


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Bikini Trill Trolls Future of Reggae Inspired Music with New EP

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Last March, we premiered Los Angeles, CA’s Bikini Trill when we covered their first ever single, “Sticky Treez.” They’re a 3-piece band that engineers a cosmic, electro, surf-pop brand of reggae influenced music. It’s refreshingly original as we dive into their new EP that features a cover of Sublime.


Wassup, We Good? is their debut EP that showcases 8 total tracks that include 3 instrumentals with 4 full original songs and a cover of “Scarlet Begonias.” The EP dropped on June 19th and the title somewhat commemorates their interaction with Border Patrol–When stopped at the border check point, their bassist barely pulls down the window half way, asking: ‘Wassup, We Good?’ before being pulled aside and their van searched.

The band, who only just formed in 2016, features bassist Kourosh “Roach” Poursalehi, guitarist Tony Sternis and lead by female vocalist Lauren “LJ” Johnson. LJ has a soothing and smooth delivery around a tailored production that highlights her vocal range and depth. All of Bikini Trill’s artwork, including covers, stickers buttons, is dreamed up and illustrated by LJ after she writes the lyrics.

Such is the case with the EP cover as the band tells The Pier that it depicts the bands tour van, Lucy. The space cat is the band cat, Pishi. The yellow Vans shoe is Lauren’s actual pair of shoes. The weed floating around is inspired by a LA cannabis breeder named Capulator.

Reggae music is as influential now as it ever has been, finding its way into other genres like a plus 1 guest to a party that ends up being the bell of the ball. You can find its influence in punk, hip hop, RB, rock, pop and more. Bikini Trill is taking the inspiration of the genre into new dimensions and doing it well by seamlessly blending electronic, hip-hop drums, skank island guitars, and powerful melodic vocals.

The name of the band, Bikini Trill is a nod to the various musicians and genres from which they draw inspiration, combining the Riot Grrrl punk mentality of Bikini Kill with hip-hop and trap influences. Combine that with a Sublime brand of inspired reggae, and you have a path to describing the band to others who haven’t heard them yet.

Give them a listen by streaming their new EP or you can own it by clicking HERE!

Bikini Trill – Wassup, We Good? EP Tracklist:
BikiniTrill_WassupWeGood1.) Napster Acid (Intro)
2.) Chapo Howl
3.) Smoke a Jay and Watch Yourself Dance
4.) Need Me
5.) Kut-U-up (Interlude)
6.) Scarlet Begonias (Sublime Cover)
7.) 2:25am
8.) Wassup, We Good? (Outro)

Listen: Bikini Trill – “Smoke a Jay Watch Yourself Dance”

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Watch: Bikini Trill – Wassup, We Good? EP Promo

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Video: Jared Watson (of Dirty Heads) on “Visions”

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Dirty Heads originally wrote the song “Visions” for the October 2017 release of Swim Team until Maroon 5’s Adam Levine heard it. At the request of Adam, the song was given to Maroon 5 and placed on the Deluxe version of their album Red Pill Blues that dropped November 2017. Now, Dirty Heads have released their original version of “Visions” and vocalist Jared Watson sits down with The Pier to shed some light on the story behind the song. Read more about this track by clicking HERE!

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A Guide to Responding to Stranded and Injured Marine Animals

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It’s not a moment everyone experiences, but it’s certainly one that no one ever forgets.

Picture it: you’re walking along a boardwalk or going for a jog on the shoreline, when suddenly you see something in the distance. Whether it be a stranded whale or an entangled sea turtle, spotting a stranded or struggling marine animal tugs at the heartstrings unequivocally, and calls us to move quickly in order to save the creature’s life.

© Lesley Ferguson/Clearwater Marine Aquarium

While our actions are certainly altruistic in the majority, jumping in too soon without following designated safety precautions in a situation like this could mean the difference between the animal’s life and death. Trying to move, rescue or assist the animal yourself without the proper knowledge of best practices held by most seasoned rescue professionals could be harmful to both the animal at stake as well as a threat to your own health and wellbeing.

Still, you may be thinking, “So…what do I do? Just leave it there? I want the animal to be saved, and I’m afraid it’s running out of time!”

Fret not! By following the recommendations below, you can arm yourself with the knowledge and preparatory information needed to handle these high-pressure, emergency situations if and when you ever encounter one, giving the animal its absolute best shot at a healthy, safe and happy return home to the sea.

Stop and Observe

Check your surroundings. Are there other marine wildlife of a similar species around? While it may be easy to jump the conclusion that an animal is stranded or injured, many species—particularly seals and sea lions—are known to “haul out” on shore to rest, and may not be hurt at all. Remain at least 50 yards away from the scene, or about the equivalent of half a football field. Getting too close could be both dangerous and distressing for the animal at stake.


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Does the animal appear to be struggling? If so (or if you’re unsure), call your local animal rescue professionals or stranding center. Not sure who to call? No problem—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has compiled a directory for you to reference for precisely this reason.

“Numerous organizations around the country are trained and ready to respond,” their resource says. Additionally, you can also use NOAA’s Dolphin and Whale 911 app to report stranded marine mammal sightings (it’s available for both iOS and Android devices).


When you speak to responders on the hotline for your area, be prepared to describe both your location and distinct characteristics of the animal you’ve encountered. Explain where specifically you are, and be ready to wait for the response team to arrive, if possible. The more accurate their targeted location is when they come to the scene, the faster they’ll arrive and the more likely they are to save the animal in need. Take advantage of any GPS-sharing capabilities on your mobile device—the response team (and the animal) will appreciate it!


Do you know what species you’re observing? Note its color and size, as well as any distinct markings or tags it may have. What’s its behavior like? Is it struggling or wounded? Fully lay out the details of what you see for the responders. If you can, take photos (from a safe distance) and provide them to the responders. This will enable them to best determine if any species-specific rescue gear (like trucks, hoists, etc.) will be needed in order to accommodate the animal they’ll be working with.

Listen and Respond

Listen carefully to any instructions the professionals may give you. In most situations, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to stay where you are, wait for the team and refrain from approaching the animal, while ensuring other people and animals don’t get too close, either. In rare circumstances, they may ask you to assist with small tasks that don’t involve touching the animal, such as draping dry seaweed over a cold-stunned sea turtle to keep it from getting any colder or draping wet clothes or towels over a whale, shark or dolphin in order to keep it wet until help arrives. In most cases, you’ll be asked to simply keep a guarding and watchful eye on the animal, but what’s most important is that you follow the instructions provided by the responders.


When it comes to giving stranded or injured animals their greatest chance of survival, the best thing we can do is educate and inform others on what to do when a situation like this arises. Share this article with friends and family so that they can be prepared too, because it’s often these events are encountered at the most unpredictable and unexpected times…and also when these animals need immediate, quality, professional care the most.

If we’re all prepared with steps to take and the resources to contact and use, we can all work together to give distressed marine life their the absolute best chance of recovery, without sacrificing their health, well-being or ability to thrive upon returning home to our ocean.

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