Santa Monica students hit the beach again in August as part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. Once again a large haul of cigarette butts and other plastic and glass items. The clean up day had wild and woolly conditions with big winds, solid swell and strong currents – beaches are changing shape overnight. We have also had an enormous amount of rain that has washed out all the stormwater and flushed the creeks and rivers into the ocean. The ocean has been quite discoloured for about ten days now – and it is still raining!