Adopt an Undersea Animal
You can adopt an ocean animal through many organizations. You may receive a certificate, a picture, information about the animal, and possibly future updates about it. This is also a great activity for a family, class, or Scout group. You can adopt sea turtles, whales, dolphins, manatees, and many other animals. Here are a few:
Visit Your Local Aquarium
Most aquariums support education, research, and conservation projects that help undersea animals. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, for example, supports the seahorse conservation organization, Project Seahorse.
Make Smart Choices When Eating Seafood
Here is some information about how seafood choices can help protect the health of our oceans:
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch
More Suggestions for Helping Sea Animals
Marinebio.org: 101 Ways to Make a Difference—Local Solutions to protect the Ocean
Read about what one 7-year-old girl did to help leatherback turtles at the Leatherback Trust website.
Have an Undersea-Theme Birthday Party
Have a birthday party to raise awareness about your favorite undersea animal. Make a pin-the-fin (or pin-the-tail) game, create your own party decorations with stickers and rubber stamps of your favorite animal, show a movie such as March of the Penguins, and give animal-related favors, such as shark or dolphin gummy bears. See the Dover catalog for inexpensive sticker books, maze and puzzle books, and books with removable tattoos, and stained glass-coloring books with sea animal or undersea themes.