Finding Beauty in Our Own Backyard


By Lillie Mulligan

One of my greatest passions in life is exploring the Big Blue including some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots around the globe. From the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas to the vibrant reefs of Baja California, Tahiti and Hawaii, each destination offered its own unique wonders.

But there’s one place that holds a special place in my heart: home. San Diego, with its stunning coastline and diverse marine life, is an underwater paradise right in our backyard. Just offshore lies a biodiverse sanctuary teeming with life, between the smallest of sardines to the world’s largest animal, the majestic blue whale.

While travelers come from far and wide to experience the beauty of San Diego’s marine ecosystems, many locals overlook the treasure trove in their own neighborhood. It’s easy to take the richness of our coastal waters for granted when it’s just a stone’s throw away. Yet, this proximity is what makes it all the more valuable.

When I’m on the water safeguarding our local Marine Protected Areas or underwater parks abroad WILDCOAST’s Boston Whaler or freediving La Jolla Cove, I’m reminded of the delicate balance that sustains this thriving ecosystem. 

Every sea lion, garibaldi, and gray whale encounter is a testament to the interconnectedness of life beneath the waves. With each visit, I’m inspired to redouble our efforts to protect and preserve these precious habitats. 

At WILDCOAST, we understand the importance of being stewards of our marine ecosystems to ensure their vitality for generations to come. We work tirelessly to safeguard the marine biodiversity of California’s coast and ocean.  

But we can’t do it alone. Just as I’ve witnessed firsthand the wonders of our oceans across the globe, I’ve also seen the devastating effects of neglect and exploitation. It’s a stark reminder that the responsibility lies with each and every one of us to be mindful of our impact on the environment.

So, the next time you find yourself enchanted by the allure of distant shores, take a moment to appreciate the beauty right here at home. Join us in our mission to preserve and protect our marine treasures, ensuring that we can continue to marvel at the wonders of our own backyard and those around the world. Only together can we ensure that our oceans thrive!