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Balloons are litter!

posted: November 27, 2018, 3:51 PM

If you're thinking of doing a balloon release....please reconsider. Many folks don't think about balloons being litter and possibly hurting wild animals....including the sea turtle. There has been some controversy this football season. One team that has been "called out" about their tradition of releasing balloons during home football games is the University of Nebraska Huskers.

Here's a link to the "Huskers" side of the story:
https://www.1011now.com/content/news/New-billboard--490980521.html

Here's a link to a story on how a Nebraska balloon was found on a NY beach:
https://www.1011now.com/content/misc/Nebraska-balloon-found-in-East-Hampton-NY-500629601.html?fbclid=IwAR3kivZhUimDnelHvi8U84a7yNrOOjOhH_NZ_oOg-k0Z2hHzljwqH3Hcgwk

#balloonsblow--an environmental organization says that "natural latex balloons" are NOT biodegradable.

Balloons in the water look like jelly fish to a turtle. If they eat them they may get stuck in their digestive system and they could possibly die.

Can balloons travel that far? Yes, possibly. We have found balloons on Holden Beach from the Kentucky Derby.

Remember....what you do at home, no matter how far you live from the beach can affect the turtles.




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