It may have been the post-conference stupor I’ve been in for the last week or so, but today I found myself chatting with Fred the Monkey. For those of you who’ve never met or heard of Fred, he is a fabulous and furry stuffed monkey who is traveling the globe to help spread the word about marine debris. Fred travels fairly lightly, taking with him an envelope full of informative and educational material on marine debris as well as a journal full of interesting and inspiring stories of his travels. He was lovingly passed along to me by my good friend Sue Kinsey (Marine Conservation Society-UK). So today, as I taped photos into his journal of our adventures, I did indeed find myself chatting with Fred—mostly about my jealousy of all of the places he’s been! 🙂 He’ll surely be missed here, but I have a feeling he’ll be back to the great state of Hawaii. Until then, he’s off to my friends and colleagues in Seattle and across the rest of the U.S. in the loving hands of NOAA Marine Debris Division staff.