Around 6,000 kids, teachers and volunteers are expected to participate in the creation of a giant aerial art formation for this year’s Kids Ocean Day on Dockweiler Beach in California. As part of a one-day event of environmental education and activity, students will cluster to form a shark holding a giant shield with the words “DEFEND THE SEA.” The inspiring activity has been redesigned and reinterpreted by the group for several years running as part of the Ocean Day activities on the beach, which includes a large-scale trash clean-up operation. Previous creations have included the phrases “Kelp Us,” “Save our Ocean” and “Sustain Life.” The Kids Ocean Day aerial art design is meant to inspire residents and bring attention to litter’s harmful impact on our coastline and marine life. This year’s event is hosted by the Malibu Foundation and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program and the California Coastal Commission, and will take place on June 7.

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