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Cleaning our oceans one swell at a time

La Mer Maids is a volunteer-run non-profit making the world a better place by cleaning where we live and inspiring others through example and education.

We currently operate out of six different ports in Southern California.

How You Can Get Involved

Donate to support our cleanups or contact us to get involved.

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2 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

"Akela" (T046B2) breaches full of life back in August of 2021. Sadly, Akela's calf, born in November, was nowhere to be seen during a recent encounter with the family in mid April this year.

Though not confirmed, the calf is assumed to have perished. This was Akela's first calf. Calf mortality rates within the first 6 months are very high, some as high as 50%. Today, this family consists of mother and leader Raksha, and her 5 daughters, Akela, Tread, Sedona, Quiver, Sol, and a granddaughter, Tsakani.

📷 Garry Sutton, or garyj_27 (Instagram).
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2 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

La MerMaids gave it a good try yesterday, but high winds and choppy conditions chased us back home early in the day. Sadly, looks like much of the trash usually found in LA Harbor had been blown out to sea. At least we had a curious sea lion follow us very closely to see if we had anything for him. Delightful! Thank you trashers❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

La MerMaids gave it a good try yesterday, but high winds and choppy conditions chased us back home early in the day. Sadly, looks like much of the trash usually found in LA Harbor had been blown out to sea. At least we had a curious sea lion follow us very closely to see if we had anything for him. Delightful! Thank you trashers❤️Image attachment
2 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

Friday May 6th trip- a balloon, some flat trash, then a long stream of styrofoam pieces... hundreds of little bits. We were led to it by two huge pods of common dolphin, easily over 1000 animals in each pod. Pattie, Jessie, Jo and I were joined by Eva, from Paddle Out Plastic, a group of kayakers and paddle boarders who pick up trash in the ocean. After all that styrofoam we were rewarded with a nice view of a purple striped jelly. Another great trip! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you!!

Dee i joined you too 😉⬆️

2 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

Paddle Out Plastic joined us for an amazing day on the water. Trash pickup was busy in Redondo Harbor, but a little slow at sea. We were swarmed by a dolphin stampede, which led us right to the motherlode of a plastic/styrofoam thing that had broken apart. It took four of us to remove as much as we could from the water - all while we tried not to disturb a purple striped jelly (thanks for the identification, Diane Alps). We covered 25 1/2 miles over four hours. We removed about 500 tiny pieces of the styrofoam thing and 34 other pieces of trash, including one full can of Modelo. We returned to the Freedom Boat Club Los Angeles & Huntington Beach exhilarated and exhausted. ... See MoreSee Less

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WOw! Great pictures!

3 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

We went out of Channel Islands Harbor looking for trash, but found a Humpback whale and a ton of feeding dolphins, sea lions and birds instead. We did find one mylar balloon during our adventure, though. ... See MoreSee Less

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That must be such a thrill!

What a great day!

4 weeks ago
La Mer Maids

We had the pleasure of joining Paddle Out Plastic for an earth day trash pickup in San Pedro yesterday. Can't wait to join them again and get all the stuff we can't get from a boat. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
La Mer Maids

Even with challenging conditions yesterday, this crack MerMaids team netted 416 pieces of trash (including 5 balloons). We were generously hosted by Jean Huber out of Marina del Rey, with enthusiastic netters Bernardo Alps, Sherrie Rohde, Sarah Lee DeRemer, and Patricia Indictor. Of course we were guided through the day by our too cute boat dogs, Sunny and Nova. It was a day of strange trash, including a fitted bed sheet. Go figure. And the winner of the day was once again Starbucks. And the summer trash is just starting.... ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
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In 2022,
we have collected:

Pieces of trash

Miles

Balloons

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Cleaning our oceans takes us all. Clean where you live and let us know how you’re helping.
We look forward to your help in spreading our mission around the world.

Los Angeles, California

info@lamermaids.org