Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flotsam or Jetsam? Wrong either way.

Found this yesterday while on route to a job. I stopped, took a quick photo, pulled them in with my boat hook, dispatched the ballons with a sharp knife, and tossed the carcasses in my trash bag.

This kind of crap is deadly to a sea turtle, who can mistake a ballon for a jellyfish, which are part of the turtle's normal diet. Floating debris is hazardous to many seabirds and other aquatic life.

Over the years, I've passed lots of ballons out there. For the most part, I have just driven by, thinking myself too busy to stop and pick them up. From now on, I will make an effort to remove ballons from the ocean whenever I can.

For more information on the floating trash problem, see