H2O Now Raising Funds for Cards, Coral & Kids Project

While our Craft Coral Reef project is still proceeding wonderfully, H2O is already thinking about what’s next.  We have an idea for an even bigger and more influential effort that we are calling “Cards, Coral & Kids.”  In short, we want to develop a trading Card game to teach Kids about Coral, including how important that ecosystem is and what they can do in their real lives to help the  coral reefs to survive.

But this project is beyond the scope of what we can afford to do on our own.  So we have launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to allow the thousands of coral and gaming enthusiasts around the world to help make this happen.

For more information, check out our Cards, Coral & Kids section in our website, or just go directly to our IndieGoGo campaign page.

We think this is an awesome way to get families to take action to assist the coral reefs in a really fun way, and we hope you think so, too.  Please support our campaign, either through your donations or by sending information about this project through your networks to find other supporters as well–or, best of all, through both!

Let’s make this Healing Oceans project happen TOGETHER!


Dozens Contribute Crocheted Creatures to Craft Coral Reef

It’s been a little over a month since H2O launched its latest project–creating a Triangle NC-area Craft Coral Reef!  Since then, we’ve held five FREE public workshops that have helped dozens of people of all ages to make some coral creations of their own.

We especially appreciate the dozens of volunteers who have joined us in crocheting coral-inspired creations for the crochet-focused Craft Coral Reef that will be displayed in downtown Cary (stay tuned for more details on that exhibit as they get finalized).  We’ve had crocheters from four to 50+, ranging from novices to experts, making all sorts of fantastic coral-inspired life made of nothing more than yarn and their own imaginations.

When we started the project, H2O members had created some sample items:

But after the second public workshop, it had grown to this:

Here are a few pictures from our first workshop:

Our second workshop:

And our third workshop:

We even had a collaborative creation from our youngest artist to date (she’s 4), who finger knitted tentacles to go with her mother’s crocheted jellyfish:

So we’re having lots of fun, and creating some beautiful corals to boot!

If you are in the Triangle NC area and want to join us, our next workshop is on Thursday, May 3.  Many thanks to ChambersArts, which has been hosting this FREE public workshops for us.

We appreciate everyone’s contributions (including those who are crocheting things for us at home without coming to a workshop).  Keep up the good work, everyone!  We still need lots more, though, so if you want to contribute and haven’t had a chance to yet, just let us know.  There’s still plenty of time to be part of our consciousness-raising community Craft Coral Reef.

Sea Slug of the day!

1.Did you base your Sea Slug after a particular Sea Slug? If so, which one?
2. What is your favorite Sea Slug?
Chromodoris Kuniei
3.What do you think is the biggest problem facing our oceans?
Human advancement
4. What advice would you give to people to help them care for our oceans?
To not go to the beach for no reason, and to don’t scuba or swim unless being very careful, and not to throw any junk into it.

Thanks to Madison. Post done by Mehlynn.

Ocean acidification facts

Here is a report on the topic of ocean acidification:

When CO2 is released into the atmosphere, it will often be absorbed into water. The water will then sort it out. This has been going on for a very very long time. Unfortunately, human activity has significantly increased the amount of CO2 put into the atmosphere, causing drastic effects.

When CO2 encountered H2O, it will often bond to form carbonic acid! That is why it is known as ocean acidification (the definition of an acid is something that releases H+ions into a solution). When CO2 and H2O bond, they expel spare H+ions that are attracted to H2O.

The water with extra H+ions will lure essential bonds out of calcium carbonate, what shells are made of, and make the molecules come off and dissolve the shell! This causes the shelled organism to die off, causing eaters of those to eat other stuff or die off, causing fish to become scarce, causing the fish market to completely die off (though it would be great if people didn’t fish very much).

And now, here is a video about it:

Sea Slug of the Day: Socket

This slug was molded by Noah.

1.  You modeled your slug in its ocean habitat.  What does this habitat provide for your slug to live?

It provides the sponges it eats.

2. How do you feel about sea slugs?  Do you feel differently that before you came to the workshop?

Sea slugs are neat, but I don’t feel much different about them than before.

3.  In a few months, people will start visiting our beaches and playing in our oceans for the summer.  What advice would you give to a beachgoer to help them care for the oceans while they’re there?

Don’t touch the coral reefs. Don’t touch the fish. Don’t go fishing. Watch your step and don’t litter.

4. What is the most amazing ocean animal you have ever seen?

That is a really hard question. I like a lot of things: octopi, dolphin, whales, angler fish, jellyfish, clownfish and sea slugs are all cool

5.  Would you give a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to the way humans care for the oceans?


Post done by Mehlynn, I chose this Sea Slug because of it’s beautiful colors and unique shapes! Thank you Noah!

Sea Slug of the Day – Nudibranch

 This sea slug was molded by Jessi, a very creative crafter!

1.  What do you know about sea slugs that helped you create your model?  Did you learn any of these things at the Sea Slug Workshop?

I’ve always loved nudibranchs, but I saw the cerata matching activity on the wall and that gave me the idea.

2.  Where do you imagine your sea slug living?

My sea slug lives on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

3.  When you plan a trip to the beach, what do you look forward to the most?

My favorite thing is definitely the water. Swimming in the ocean.

4.  What are the main things that concern you about the health of the ocean?

People dumping oil and trash in it.

5.  What is your favorite ocean animal?

Sea otters, sea turtles, dolphin, and cuttlefish, but I really like cuttlefish.

This sea slug was chosen by Casey for its realistic features and eye-catching color combination!

Sea Slug of the Day: Ruby!

This sea slug was created by the talented Rebekah!

1.  What is something  interesting you learned at the workshop?

The sea slugs have poison.

2.  Where do you imagine your  sea slug living?

In the sea; with clownfish! 

3.  What is your favorite thing to do at the  beach?

Make sand castles.

4.  How do you feel about people polluting our  oceans?

Sad. 😦

5.  What is the most amazing ocean animal you have ever  seen?

The biggest WHALE in the ocean!

This sea slug was chosen by Casey for her beautiful red color and for the fact that she was modeled after our gorgeous story character, Ruby the Sea Slug!

Sea Slug of the Day: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

P1180601 by carol cross
P1180601, a photo by carol cross on Flickr.

This sea slug was made by James.

Q: Why did you decide to make this sea slug?

A: I chose to make this sea slug, because I liked that it looked just like a leaf.

Q: Did you learn something about sea slugs you hadn’t know before when you came
to the workshop?

A: Yes, I learned about their slime being used as a defense. I did not know this before I came to the workshop.

Q: What is your favorite sea creature (besides sea slugs, of course)?

A: Sharks, specifically great white sharks, are my favorite sea creature.

Q: Why do you care about the oceans?

A: Without the oceans, we would not have fish to eat. Plus, the rest of the ecosystem would fall apart.

Q: Do you have any advice about how we can protect the oceans?

A: People need to make sure they clean up their trash, and recycle as much as possible.

Q: Is there anything else you would like people to know about sea slugs or the
ocean in general?

A: Sea slugs are more than just slugs on the bottom of the ocean. They can use their slime as poison as a defense, and they have interesting camouflage. Coral reefs in the ocean, are not only a place for sea slugs, but a lot of other life forms in the ocean.

This sea slug was chosen by Carol. She liked it because it reminded her of one of her favorite real sea slugs, the Elysia Chlorotica, and she thought it was PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day!

H2O Launches Craft Coral Reef Project






Healing Oceans Together is launching a new community-based hands-on project to raise awareness about the oceans.  This time, instead of focusing on sea slugs, we’re concentrating on another beautiful and fascinating ocean invertebrate–coral, and the related life that develop around the coral reef.

The Craft Coral Reef project will explore the math and science of the threatened ecological habitat of the coral reef by constructing model corals using arts and crafts, including crochet, origami, beading, playdough, and even pasta!  The Craft Coral Reef is inspired by several math, science and art initiatives, including the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral ReefBridges Conference,  and mathematical origami artists.

For more information, see our Craft Coral Reef page.  And be sure to check in weekly to see pictures of our reef as it grows!

Sea Slug of the Day!! Kaitlyn!

Sea Slug of the Day!! Kaitlyn!

1. What do you know about sea slugs that helped you create your model? Did you learn any of these things at the Sea Slug Workshop? I know that sea slugs eat poisonous material that would be dangerous for other animals to eat. They help the coral reef. The coral reef suffers without the sea slugs. I learned everything I know about sea slugs at the Sea Slug Workshop. ☺
2. Where do your sea slugs live? Hmmm. In a cardboard box at the moment. Maybe I should create a more hospitable environment.
3. In a few months, people will start visiting our beaches and playing in our oceans for the summer. What advice would you give to a beachgoer to help them care for the oceans while they’re there? To not hurt any animals and to be gentle with any creatures that they meet in the sea.
4. Would you give a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to the way humans care for the oceans? Um. Sometimes people do try and sometimes people throw trash into the ocean. So, half and half.
5. What is your favorite part about the ocean? I really like starfish.