Tag Archive | the beach

Beach Cleaning in Indian Rocks Beach, FL


I hate when beach goers dump their garbage around the beach because then animals will mistaken it for either food or a toy and it could kill them. Yet, every time I walk on the beach and find garbage, I pick it up and throw it in the nearest garbage bin I can find around there. I actually filmed this myself picking up all the marine debris in all hopes it would bring awareness to the effects that marine pollution can have on animals like death by ingestion or entanglement and if you think that I’m just exaggerating, then you may want to check out the statistics.

The Statistics speak for itself.

However, it is never too late to save marine life from the hazards entanglement brings to  them. Here are a few things you can do to prevent marine pollution.

1. Never leave trash behind at the beach.

2. If you spot some trash on the beach, be sure you pick it up and trow it away in a nearby garbage can. In addition, you can always use an unused plastic bag in your possession to do some additional cleaning.

3. Take part in annual beach clean ups.

4. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

5. If you see a sick or injured animal, please call wildlife authorities right away.

This trash can is where garbage belongs. You can find these garbage cans at your local beach so it can be easier for you to reduce littering that normally occurs there.

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A Seagull Rescue to Remember


Seagulls can become entangled as a result of coming into contact with fishing gear and other objects that don't belong in the ocean (photo by depositphotos.com) .

One summer in 2009, I saved the life of an injured seagull whose right wing was entangled by small fishing nets. My mother and I were walking down a beach near Quincy, MA when we stopped by to the disturbing site of an injured seagull. Although the bird showed no sign of being in distress, it did however, looked like it was in some sort of pain. So I went up to the lifeguard and I told her about the injured bird and asked if there was anything we could do help it. Sadly, she replied by saying that the bird was better off being dead than saved. I was so upset that I had my mother call the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA to report an injured seagull. Before long, the aquarium sent animal control to pick up the bird in hope to rehabilitate animal. I helped this bird because I just could not watch it suffer a slow but, painful death.

If you see an entangled sea bird:

1.  Never attempt to feed the injured bird because it can bite.

2. Do not try to handle or bother the bird in any way. Also, be sure you keep pets and children away from it too.

3. Call wildlife officials right away and be sure you give them the exact location of the injured bird so they can get to it right away.

4. Let wildlife officials do their job by taking the bird in for rehabilitation.

Don’t Forget to Clean The Beach: Why Beach Cleaning is Important


If you are planning to have a picnic on the beach, be sure you pick up after yourself when you leave.

Taking part in an annual beach clean-up is one way to keep the oceans healthy for generations to come. In the past 25 years, over 144,606,491 pounds of trash has been collected from beaches world-wide from Alaska to New Zealand. Beach-clean-ups is considered to be very important because throwing trash into beaches, and the oceans can be better known as pollution. When trash gets into the oceans, animals can easily mistaken that trash for a certain food source. An example of this is with the sea turtles. When a turtle sees a plastic bag floating around in the ocean, the animal might mistaken it for a jellyfish before swallowing it as a whole. The plastic bag may prevent the turtle from eating, thus, cause it to slowly starve itself to death. Trash-induced marine pollution has been a subject of a number of wildlife documentaries for years; each and everyone of these segments which talked about marine pollution, has brought a huge light among the public to start taking action to help make their beaches healthier and safe for all marine wildlife. While many coastal towns have taken action to require city dumps to collect trash from beaches and relocate to dumps that are away from beaches, the pollution sadly, still continues. By taking part in these annual beach clean-ups, you are leaving a great example to others on how to reduce marine debris in the seas and allowing wildlife to remain safe from pollution.

To learn more about how you can get involved in beach clean-ups, visit  http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/ to check for beach-clean ups in your community.