The Nomadic SUP Club held another great Pick-Up-Paddle (P-U-P) last night (9/25/14). These P-U-P's will be held every other wednesday evening starting this winter. They will be alternating with our regular club paddles. email for more information or to join! Nomadicsup@gmail.com
Karrie and Matt joined the effort with wonderful, infectious enthusiasm proving that quality is far more important than quantity.
To stay true to our Nomadic namesake, we paddle a new location every week. This week we chose a section of Riviera Canal from 11th st launch towards the South Roosevelt bridge.
It is bordered by residential neighborhoods on one bank...
...with mangroves and salt ponds on the other.
This waterway is used daily by recreational boaters, kayak and paddleboard companies, and even manatees at times. We chose this spot because there hasn't been a time that I've paddled down Riviera without bumping into and consequently picking up garbage floating slowly through the canal. Our collecting is usually met with a friendly wave or even a "thank you" as we received yesterday from a thankful homeowner.
While Karrie was dislodging garbage from the mangrove roots she spotted what at first looked like a dying aquarium fish but was in fact a very cool juvenile Tripletail.
Apparently juvenile Tripletail lay on their sides to appear like a mangrove leaf and thats how they ambush prey. A fun little fact Karrie shared. :-)
Due to low tidal flow through the dredged Riviera Canal, the waters in the canal are not in a healthy state. The lack of new water flushing through leads to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen and leads to anoxic waters. In contrast, the mangrove hammock just off of the canal flows back to the salt ponds and are incredibly beautiful and surprisingly quiet. We explored the forest while collecting more plastics.
Thank you Karrie and Matt for another successful P-U-P! Although it usually leads to a somber mood when you realize how much clean up there is to do, it always feels gratifying and worthwhile when we bring our collection to the garbage and recycling. Yesterday's Pick-Up-Paddle was fun because of the energy of the people involved and also because we a collective understanding that we can make a difference one bucket of trash at a time.