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Sea Creatures Festival teaches wildlife conservation

It wasn't just fireworks that attracted the crowds to the coast this weekend. The Sea Creatures Festival opened for the first time at the Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi, and according to its creators it went swimmingly. (Photo source: WLOX) It wasn't just fireworks that attracted the crowds to the coast this weekend. The Sea Creatures Festival opened for the first time at the Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi, and according to its creators it went swimmingly. (Photo source: WLOX)
That focus is awareness and education on how to protect the marine environment that surrounds us. (Photo source: WLOX) That focus is awareness and education on how to protect the marine environment that surrounds us. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Sea Creatures Festival is already scheduled for next year's July fourth weekend at the Point Cadet Plaza. (Photo source: WLOX) The Sea Creatures Festival is already scheduled for next year's July fourth weekend at the Point Cadet Plaza. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It wasn't just fireworks that attracted the crowds to the coast this weekend. The Sea Creatures Festival opened for the first time at the Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi, and according to its creators it went swimmingly. 

Things that crawl, things that slither, and things that call the ocean home were on display at the event. The festival invited the public to take it all in under one roof. 

According to organizers, this attraction had a unique twist.

"I think the big difference is the focus," said Marlene Gann.

That focus is awareness and education on how to protect the marine environment that surrounds us. It's something that Gann says is important to start teaching children early on.    

"This is going to make it better for my grandkids, their grandkids, future generations to come," she said.

To make that happen, the Sea Creatures Festival brought together a host of organizations from across the coast. These included the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), The Gulf Islands National Seashore, and the Gulf Coast Research Lab, among others. 

Displays were set up to show off live animals. There was even a station that showed how IMMS rescues dolphins. And it seemed to be catching on with people of all ages.

"They're doing some good things down here," said one parent. "I think it's really really cool," said 14-year-old Betty Hopkins.

"Oh, we like it. We really were excited to bring the kids down," said Patrick Bledsoe.

He believed the theme of the event would be a great lesson for his kids to learn.

"So they know what they need to do for keeping our coast safe and protecting the wildlife, you know, they need to know that," said Bledsoe.

The Sea Creatures Festival is already scheduled for next year's July fourth weekend at the Point Cadet Plaza. To find out more, just visit http://seacreaturesfestival.org

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