Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our Daily Ocean: Day 192

One of the greatest pleasures of living by the beach is taking a picnic dinner and ending the day with the sounds of the ocean waves, light breezes, sandy toes and salty air. Eating at the beach is also a perfect way to get up close with the locals... 
We enjoy the moments when a lone seagull notices we have food and in the blink of an eye there's a flock of 20 hoping for a handout.  Since gulls are opportunistic feeders, they'll pretty much go for anything.... including plastic.  If it tastes like food or looks like food... and a gull doesn't want another gull to get it... they'll either fly away with the "food" to be chased and then instinctually swallow.  
 Maybe you've seen the video of the seagull swallowing a plastic bag?  If not, take a moment to watch it and share to help raise some awareness because the truth is: 

Things that seem completely harmless to us can pose serious threats to animals.
20 minutes on July 22, 2013 at Access 39
Litter by weight: 9.6 oz
Cigarette butts: 26
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 192 days:
55,219