Gulf World Celebrates World Oceans Day

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Several organizations, including Captain Anderson's Marina, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Sam's Club, the Panama City Marine Institute, and the Beach Mosquito Control District, worked with Gulf World Marine Park Wednesday to celebrate World Oceans Day.

Gulf World has taken part in this global event for six years.

“It's basically to teach our guests and everyone about our waters, especially our oceans, and how important they are," Stephanie Southern, the Education Coordinator at Gulf World, said. "Water's an important resource all the way from tourism to recreation and also food source.”

“I learned the sea urchins eat algae,” Conner Baughman said.

It may be summer, but Baughman's visit to Gulf World took him under the sea.

“[I learned] where the sea urchin's mouth was,” Baughman said. “It's on their stomach.”

World Oceans Day isn't just about learning, it's also about doing.

“People think since our oceans are so vast and big it takes an army to protect them. That's not the case," Southern explained. "You can do little things like recycling or just picking up trash on the beach if you're strolling along the beach at sunset. Any little thing you can do to help the oceans is great.”

Ezra Clayton said he'll do his part by picking up after himself on the beach.