Friday, July 31, 2009

Day 39 - July 31

Life Guard Station 26, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA
trash collected for 20 min.
estimated pounds of trash collected today - 5.1
estimated pounds of trash collected to date - 223.2

Nets. Free floating nets are one major cause of death to marine wildlife. Animals get entangled in the net and are unable to escape. I found a piece today on the beach. I am also reminded of a fishing process that causes a lot of bycatch (a word used to describe animals that are caught along with the intended catch--turtles, rays, birds, dolphins). The process is called Long Line fishing. To read a concise explanation of bycatch and the fishing practices that catch the most, click here.
Trash items found on the beach today -
maxi pads - 2
clear bits of plastic
plastic spoon
straws, straws and more straws!
plastic water bottles
aluminum cans
flip flops
sand toys
fast food wrappers
tin foil
gum wrappers and packaging
bits of broken hard plastic
plastic bags and zip locks

We are approximately 94.5 million miles from the sun. F.Y.I.
"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world." - Louis Armstrong