Marine Debris Takes Toll on Wildlife
|Dress made from balloon scraps. Photo Credit: Becky Flory|
Jessica Flory, right, with younger sister Hailey,
wears a dress she made of balloon scraps found on the beach to call
attention to marine debris and its toll on wildlife.
At Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
16-year-old volunteer Jessica Flory wants to call your attention to a
growing problem for wildlife. She's wearing a dress she made from 87
balloons that refuge staff collected from a coastal island, where turtles
mistake the mylar scraps for food and choke on them, and seabirds get
strangled by balloon strings.
"I get lots of strange looks," says Jessica. "Kids ask, 'What is that
you're wearing? Is that trash?' I say, 'These are balloons.' And the kids
go, 'Hey mom. Look. That's a balloon dress, and she's wearing that because
she wants to save the turtles.'"
Balloons are just part of the mounting piles of manmade junk that now wash
up on even the remotest world beaches, including those in the far Pacific
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