Question: How do you take a shellfie? Answer: With a clamera, of course!
If you try that one out on the kids this weekend, be warned: You may be met with silence. But the Aquarium of the Pacific, where selfies -- or shellfies, if you prefer -- and special events will be going down, shall be anything but silent.
It's World Ocean Day, and our water-wonderful Long Beach fish-a-terium is celebrating with three full days of mindful happenings, events that encourage us to consider how we impact the oceans, the issues going down in the depths below, and what we can do about it.
Those dates? Saturday, June 6 through Monday, June 8, which is the official observance of World Ocean Day.
But just because it is official doesn't mean there won't be some silly sweetness involved. The aquarium is setting up selfie stations on June 8, meaning you will finally, finally, get that fishy-fab photograph you've been wanting to use as your Facebook photo.
Prepare for the onslaught of likes.
Posting your picture with the hashtag #worldoceanday is a reminder to those admiring your selfie that a healthy ocean is our responsibility. We landlubbers taking an active stance against trash and the other-not-so-great things that have been known to show up in our planet's vast water wonderland is beyond essential at this point. Imagine how beyond essential it'll be in the future.
Coinciding with World Ocean Day is the Pacific Islander Festival. Dance, drumming, music and more cultural treats will take place around the aquarium grounds on June 6 and 7. It isn't just happenstance that this joyful festival is neighboring World Ocean Day over the same weekend: The rising sea levels are of great concern for Pacific Islanders, as they should be for all humans.
Getting updated on the issues, and our role, is what the weekend is all about, and enjoying tunes and sights and that new Jellies experience, too.
So whether you bring your clamera or not, to take that shellfie, is up to you. Helping our oceans is up to all of us.