Scuba Diving: Sea life mistake trash for prey

Debris such as the trash pictured above are commonplace sights for divers. Photo by Wade McDonald

Debris like this pictured here is an all to common scene for any of us who spend time out on the water. Balloons are fun and are used all over the world on any number of occasions,

From birthday parties to weddings and even quinceneras, But the truth of the matter is by the time they end up in the OCEAN all of the fun and celebrations had long ended. marine life such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles just to name a few have all suffered the misfortune of mistaking this floating debris as prey.

The end result is their inability to absorb nutrients due to the balloon obstructing their digestive tract resulting, in starvation and ultimately death. Sea turtles often mistake these balloons for sea jellies. (Oops!) (Yuck)

When you see stuff like this floating in the water, please remove it if you can do so safely.

Lets get to the marine forecast now shall we … this afternoon through the weekend.

Winds 5 to 10 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. Mixed swell W 2 feet and S 2 feet. Patchy fog.

Expect a high of 70 degrees today with a mixture of Sunshine and clouds persisting through Sunday. When planning your water activities please remember to always check current conditions and swim near a lifeguard when possible. When In Doubt Don’t Go Out !