My family used to live in Big Bell, a gold mining town in the middle of Western Australia.
In the summer, my father played Country Week Cricket and one year we went with some other families to Busselton on the coast.
We stayed at the caravan park and we all went fishing, crabbing and played on the beach. The water was crystal clear; you could see the crabs twenty feet below your boat and the beach was covered with thousands of iridescent sea snail shells.
We took half a bucket back to Big Bell, to make necklaces and to dream of clean oceans filled with fish, crabs and whales. I was about seven or eight. I wanted to be a marine biologist…
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