Trash and Turtles, On the Beach

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for September 20th this year.  Are you signed up to clean beaches?  I am!  If you’re in the relative area a cleanup will get underway at the Canaveral National Seashore in Brevard County, early in the A.M.  This page can point you towards other cleanups in your area if you’re not lucky enough to call mosquito-sunburn-tourist-gator-land your home.   

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(Aside: Can I just say that I’m apalled to see Louisiana doesn’t have any cleanups scheduled??)

And if you’re a SCUBA diver or a boat owner, the Cleanup can use your special talents and resources to really attack the problem of marine debris from all sides.  

On a related field note, many of the loggerhead and green sea turtle nests laid out along sunny Floridian beaches this year should be well within hatching stage at this point in the year.  Turtle season regularly runs from May to September in gatorland.  If you find hatchlings stranded in the surf or along the beach it is probably wise to report them to either Fish and Wildlife or directly to a specialty group such as the Sea Turtle Preservation Society from within the Brevard County area.  STPS is capable of rehabilitating wash-in hatchlings that are too exhausted from battling the surf to make it out to sea and the sheltering safe haven of floating Sargassum mats. 

So, lookout for trash and tiny turtles on the beaches over the next few weeks.  If nothing else the debris you discard from the sand grains will be one less peice that could potentially deceive gullible sea turtle’s who often see floating plastic as a favored jellyfish meal. 

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