Marine Debris I-spy: Balloon Edition
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.
A mylar balloon floating in the ocean
A sea turtle eating a moon jelly
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?
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