Heartlake City’s got everything any performer could wish for. An art exhibit with Emma? A talent show with Andrea? Buy your tickets here. Or, actually, just build your tickets here! And why go see a show if you would rather put on your own? Start your rehearsals and share your showmanship with all your Friends here. There is no time like the present to go for your dreams!
Life as an ocean explorer
Erika Bergman is a real-life National Geographic Ocean Explorer, a submarine pilot, a marine conservationist, an oceanographer AND an engineer. (How cool is that??) We talked with her about her life, work, oceans and sea creatures. She loves LEGO® sets, and she loves sea life – she’s a Sea Life Friend! We interviewed her while she was on an expedition in British Columbia, Canada. How is your submarine like our LEGO® Friends Submarine? They are a lot alike! They both have battery pods, thrusters with propellers and a big glass bubble. What kind of animals do you see when you go underwater in your submarine? When I go diving in my submarine, I see deep sea sharks, sea anemones and sea stars (or star fish). But there are bigger animals out here, too. We have killer whales, rock fish and octopuses. How do you become a submarine pilot? You can become a submarine pilot in so many different ways! The ocean is so big, you can become anything you want and have a career on the ocean. But if you really love the idea of piloting a submarine, you can make a good pilot if you have really good spatial awareness. If you’re an athlete, or you really like ballet, or you’re a skateboarder. That’s really cool! How can WE help sea life? I actually LOVE that question! There are SO many things we can do to protect our big, beautiful oceans, every single day. Imagine if you and all your friends picked up one piece of plastic waste a day, it would amount to billions of pieces of plastic that DON’T end up in the ocean one day. And our wildlife is so much safer for it. Thanks, Erika! We’ll start today! Are you ready to become a Sea Life Friend? Here’s how: 1. Push the purple pledge button 2. Download, print and sign the pledge to do your best to take care of the sea and all life inside it! Thank you for being an amazing Sea Life Friend!
Sea lion – Puppy of the ocean!
Sea lions are sometimes called “angels of the sea” because of their swimming style. Sea lions can hold their breath underwater for up to 20 minutes and dive to almost 275 m (900 feet)! Their average swimming speed is about 15-20 kmh (11 mph) but they can sprint at up to 40 kmh (25 mph). Like dogs and cats, they use their whiskers to “scan” their environment – mostly for food. They are a lot like adorable little puppies: social, playful, curious and not afraid of humans. Many divers can tell you about their funny underwater play dates with these cute creatures! You can find them in big colonies on beaches, oceanfront city piers, and of course in oceans around the world. Their blubber layer helps them regulate their temperature wherever they are. They are easy to train and teach tricks like flips, jumps, spins and little wobbly-dance routines. For many years, they have been popular attractions in zoos, water parks and circuses. Just as dogs can be trained to become police dogs, some sea lions have even been trained by the U.S. Navy to help in underwater missions! Five Fun Facts: - Home: Oceans around the world, except the Atlantic - Years on Earth: 30 million - Favorite food: Fish, squid and octopus, which they swallow whole - Size: Up to 3 meters (almost 10 feet) long. That’s longer than a small car! - Environmental threats: Climate change, ocean pollution, eating plastic waste mistaken for food, being caught in fishing nets. Want to become a Sea Life Friend? Here’s how: 1. Push the purple pledge button 2. Download, print and sign the pledge to do your best to take care of the sea and all life inside it! Thank you for being an amazing Sea Life Friend! Sources: https://dolphins.org/sea_lion_info
What Heartlake City needs is…
Hey, have you seen Olivia lately? Oh, well. She must be busy with her latest gadgets and inventions. You never know what she will come up with next! If you could share one of your inventions with Olivia, what would it be? A hovercraft delivery service for her Cupcake Café? A machine that prints out creative recipes? A homework robot? Heartlake City’s got crazy, great, beautiful, weird ideas. And there is always room for one more.