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Improving the lives of marine mammals in captivity or the wild through education and policy development.
YoOceans! is focused on improving the welfare of marine mammals in the wild and in captivity. We do that through education. We provide educational materials and guest speakers to classrooms. There is a global discussion occurring in the media about the moral and ethical issues surrounding marine mammals in captivity as well as the many issues that surround wild populations of marine mammals (pollution, lack of food, ship traffic, climate change, capture for display industry). We have also seen an increase in proposed legislation here in the United States that is focuon banning certain marine mammals in captivity. Several educators have told us that our material is relevant, exciting and engaging. Our educational materials can be implemented into many different subject areas, such as Language Arts, Science and Global History. Which puts us in a position to grow our organization well beyond our current size.
Because the topic of marine mammal welfare is becoming more widely discussed in the media and it is now on the radar screen of legislators, we feel that there is opportunity here to engage students in a topic that is dynamic and engaging.
In the last calendar year we have brought our programs to approximately 700 children. Teachers are saying that we are "breaking open the box of education" and have called our programs "genius".