Laguna Bluebelt: Laguna's Marine Reserve

Laguna Bluebelt: Laguna’s Marine Reserve

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Oak Streeters, a pod of open water swimmers in Laguna Beach, California, swims in a near paradise.

Clear, cool waters between Los Angeles and San Diego greet the the swimmers year-round in Laguna Beach. Sandy bottoms form innumerable ripples and patterns that can mesmerize a swimmer. Throw in pods of dolphins with occasional swaths of floating kelp and Pacific Ocean swells every now and then with frequently glassy early morning days and beautiful sunrises and sunsets to get one of the best places in the world to enjoy all types of open water swims.

From Main Beach and Shaws Cove to Sleepy Hollow and Oak Street, local swimmers and frequent visitors call toes in the water ocean training sessions throughout the year.

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition brings together organizations and individuals with a common goal of protecting and restoring marine life, conserving biological diversity and maintaining healthy, sustainable marine habitats of this marvelous area.

A film Laguna Bluebelt: Laguna’s Marine Reserve is a compelling, educational look at Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas with stunning video of Laguna’s spectacular marine life. It will be shown this coming week along with numerous other films sponsored by the Laguna Beach Film Society with selections from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

The films include Still (portrayal of a free diver’s ocean experience), Isla Coronado Ghost Net (diving expedition to retrieve masses of abandoned fishing gear and wildlife-entangling nets), Majestic Plastic Bag (mockumentary about the migration of a plastic bag), California Hope Spots (California’s largest network of Marine Protected Areas from Oregon to Mexico), Laguna Bluebelt: Laguna’s Marine Reserve, Oaks to Otters (creation of an estuary and watershed that is home to 350 species of birds and the largest concentration of Southern Sea Otters), Whale Fall (how a whale’s death creates a complex, thriving underwater necropolis capable of sustaining a community of other sea organisms), and Come Hell or High Water (exploration of bodysurfing). For more information, visit here.

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Steven Munatones