Harbor Seal Pups, Marine Debris, and Earth Day

Tinsel the Harbor Seal

Seven new pups have been spotted in FMR's harbor seal population.

Ranger Sarah Lenz reports that she spotted 7 new harbor seal pups during her April 11, 2011 harbor seal survey! They can be viewed with binoculars from Distillery Point. You can help make the world a safer place for our new harbor seal pups and other ocean animals by taking part in our April 23rd beach cleanup to honor Earth Day.

According to Geography Crafts for Kids by Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith (Lark Books — 2002), “Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 2 million seabirds die every year by ingesting improperly disposed plastic.”

Judging from what we find on our beach cleanups, a lot of the garbage is packaging. According to the same book, “We throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.” Every hour!!! And according to the United States EPA, a plastic bottle floating in the ocean will last 450 years. See their fascinating and sobering Marine Debris Timeline at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/edresources/debris_t.html to see how long various materials — cardboard, newspaper, wool, cotton, wood, plastic bags, etc — take to break down in the ocean.

Can’t join us April 23? Other organizations are sponsoring Earth Day beach, stream, park, school campus, and neighborhood cleanups on other dates. Check the list at Pacifica Beach Coalition’s website: http://www.pacificabeachcoalition.org/ for coastside events, or search the web for Earth Day activities near you.

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