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About Leigh Franke

As communications coordinator for the Digital Marketing team, Leigh manages Ocean Conservancy’s social media channels, web and email production. When she’s not keeping our online audiences updated on all of the great work we do, she can be found exploring Capitol Hill or her favorite haunts in her native city of Baltimore.


Can’t Get Enough of Sharks? Check Out Our Best Shark Posts

Posted On August 2, 2013 by

Lemon Shark

Credit: Jillian Morris

“SHARK!” Does the word conjure up images of a fin slicing toward you in the open ocean or on the edge of your seat completely absorbed in one of the year’s best television specials?

In preparation for Shark Week, which starts this Sunday, we’ve put together a roundup of some of our best shark blog posts from the past year:

What’s Your Shark IQ? How much do you think you know about sharks? Before taking a deep dive into the world of these complex creatures, test your basic knowledge with our short quiz. Do you know which shark swims the fastest?

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Trash Free Teens: Help the Next Generation Help the Ocean

Posted On July 23, 2013 by

Last year, over 550,000 volunteers from all over the world participated in our International Coastal Cleanup. From the beaches of New Orleans to Bangladesh, each location is so distinct and the volunteers so incredibly diverse. But one thing we see no matter where we are is teens motivated to take action and fight trash.

Whether they come along with a parent or with a fleet of friends, our young volunteers are always excited to document their weird finds, to learn how they can reduce their impact and to spread word to their friends about turning the tide on ocean trash. We often hear young people declared lazy and apathetic by the generation before them, but the enthusiasm we see every year is a testament to the fact that teens are capable of doing amazing things.

That’s why our friends at Do Something have started The Hunt: 11 Days of Doing to challenge more teens and young people to take action to support a healthy environment and learn to consume less. By giving teens 11 ways they can improve their community over 11 days, The Hunt helps transform their habits by teaching them ways to reduce their waste.

Challenge a teen you know to make a difference and join Do Something in the Hunt. Beyond reducing your own impact, teaching the next generation of ocean lovers, decision makers and beach-goers that a healthy ocean begins with them is one of the best ways to ensure that it remains protected for the future.