Read below for 4 ways you can keep celebrating World Water Day at tomorrow’s TurtleFest!!

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1. Bring a reusable water bottle and visit our water station for free refills throughout the day!Straw Free with LMC cup
2. Help protect our oceans and marine life by picking up and disposing of trash properly! Most storm drains empty into the nearest body of water, meaning most garbage thrown on the ground near a storm drain eventually ends up in the ocean.unnamed
3. Try eating less meat to help conserve water! Instead, choose options that require less water to farm- like locally grown fruits and veggies.
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4. Visit our Conservation Row to learn more about what different organizations are doing to help our ocean-planet- and what you can do to help!IMG_2153

 

Marine Debris Mysteries

“Any guesses on what this is?” A conservation volunteer asks a group of beach-cleanup participants?

A gray plastic cylindrical tube is passed around the group, each person examining it closely.

“It’s a boat fender!” Someone exclaims. “No, it’s from a car!” Another chimes in. “Is it a protein powder container?” A third adds.

“All good guesses, but not quite right,” our conservation volunteer says, “this is an octopus trap.”

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center beach cleanup participants have found two of these odd-shaped plastic containers on Juno Beach, Florida, and were curious about what this mystery piece of marine debris could be.

We reached out to FWC and discovered that this was not only an octopus trap, but that it had traveled all the way across the Atlantic from West Africa, over 4,000 miles.

IMG_3704.jpgAt Loggerhead Marinelife Center, we sort and record every piece of debris collected during beach cleanups, and we have found that most trash items have a story to tell.  The ocean currents act as a conveyor belt, moving trash from one shore to another, and depositing items far from where they originated.

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Stay tuned as we discover more mystery marine debris.

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During last week’s Blue Friends beach cleanup, 232 volunteers helped to removed 74.9 pounds of trash!

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Can you spot some of the odd items found during the beach cleanup?

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In the picture look for:

  • A note in a bottle
  • A penguin in a top hat
  • A blue plastic strawberry
  • Fake teeth
  • A gift wrapping bow
  • A turtle toy
  • A toy doll

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Don’t let go of that balloon!

Did you know? Deflated balloons that enter the ocean resemble jellyfish, a common prey item for sea turtles.

In 2018, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and partner organizations removed over 1,241 balloons from Florida beaches.

Can you find some of the strange items we’ve collected during our beach cleanups in 2018?

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In the photo above, look for:

  • An army man
  • A plastic shark
  • A hair curler
  • A plastic “LOVE” clip
  • A plastic lighter
  • A jelly shoe
  • A racecar
  • A glass cup
  • A jet-ski toy

Marine Debris Bites

Did you know?

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When plastic enters the ocean, sea turtles and other marine life often eat it, mistaking it for food.

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This bottle, removed from the beach during a cleanup, shows sea turtle bite marks taken from the plastic. When ingested by marine life, plastic trash can cause internal injuries, starvation, and even death.

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Post hatchling sea turtle and ingested plastics

100% of all post hatchling sea turtles that enter Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s sea turtle hospital have plastics in their stomachs

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All hospital jars pictured contain the stomach contents of deceased hatchling and post-hatchling sea turtle patients.

This year, go #PlasticFreewithLMC and help sea turtles and other marine life by reducing single-use plastics in your everyday life!

As part of FWC’s Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, In 2018, LMC and partner organizations collected and recycled over 228 MILES of monofilament fishing line, more than enough to stretch across the State of Florida from Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach to Crystal River, Florida. mrrp 2018-1Every mile of monofilament removed from the marine environment reduces the risk of entangling marine life.

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Because monofilament is high-density plastic, it must be recycled properly. Monofilament can be recycled at monofilament recycling bins located at many tackle shops and popular fishing location.  These PVC pipe recycling bins are emptied every month and the fishing line is cleaned of hooks, weights, and other fishing gear. The line is then shipped away, melted down, and used to manufacture new products, such as tackle boxes.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) was developed as a collaborative program to work directly with recreational anglers on fishing piers. The purpose of these efforts is to provide first responders on piers with the necessary training and resources to respond effectively to sea turtle injuries or stranding on or around fishing piers.

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Since 2013, The Responsible Pier Initiative is responsible for the successful rescue of over 547 sea turtles and the removal of over 18,000 lbs of marine debris.

 

Thank you to all of our Responsible Pier Initiative partners for their hard work and dedication to sea turtle conservation!!

 

 

 

 

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