Early this month I was given the opportunity to venture down south to play but also do a bit of Mermaid work. I was staying at Loma Bonita, a surf and yoga resort. This gem is located about 45 minutes outside of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The beach is lined with coconut palms and the waves are described as "magnetic".
A standout part about Loma Bonita is its small English school on site. I was given the opportunity to visit the children one Saturday and speak to them regarding Mermaids. With my rusty Spanish, I told them I was a real Mermaid and I was here to protect the sea. No mas plastico en el mar! We walked down to the beach and began picking up the litter. The kids all eagerly ran down the beach to see who could grab the most trash. One kid in particular, Michael, sprinted and collected two FULL bags of trash. He told me, "My dad is a fisherman, I want to make sure the ocean is VERY clean for him today." Later that week I continued to see Michael and his dad throwing out bait nets down the beach.
For MOST of us (with respect) our dependence on the sea is indirect. We don't see everyday how much we rely on the ocean. To see father and son, spending day after day harvesting from el mar was quite beautiful. The awe and respect this young boy had for the ocean is something we can all learn from.
A HUGE thanks to Ron and Liz Mcelroy, owners of Playa Loma Bonita, for their help in organizing a beach cleanup.