Ocean Blue News Blog
Second Dolphin found dead in Florida by Richard Arterbury founder of Ocean Blue Project.
FORT MYERS BEACH FLORIDA - Local beach goers found a dead Dolphin that was 7ft stranded on a local beach. The beach goers shared what she had found on her Facebook page and soon after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission researchers determined the cause of death, a 24-inch plastic hose was found in the esophagus and fore stomach of the Dolphin. According to the Facebook post this dolphin was found stranded on the beach.
May 9, 2019 - This is the second stranded dolphin in one month of this region that had ingested plastic. The first dolphin was found on April 23, 2019 and was a female Rough Toothed dolphin and was also found stranded on a Fort Myers Beach. Marine animals have no idea they are today living with over 8 million metric tons of plastic floating in our Ocean and how this can affect them if ingested.
Florida has many marine animals with a few you may see like the Sea Turtles, Manatees, Echinoderms: Sand dollars, sea cucumber, sea urchin, Crabs, Ghost crabs, hermit crabs, leopard crabs, Rays, Pelicans, Octopus, Jellyfish, and amazing Corals.
This January, an endangered Bryde’s whale was found stranded in the Everglades National Park located in the Gulf of Mexico and they found this whale ingested a sharp piece of plastic.
Florida Wildlife Commission encourages beach goers that, should they encounter a stranded marine mammal, to stay back at least 250 feet and not to touch or try to return the animal to the water but to call WC’s Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-3922 and give the exact address, beach name of this found animal and to allow trained experts to respond.
Humans have the power to help lower the amount of plastic from our one world Ocean. It’s vital we teach our children and remind yourself and friends it’s time to take action and properly dispose of trash making sure it doesn’t end up in rivers or urban streams that flow to our Ocean.
Other ways you can help take action is to join a beach cleanup to help remove plastic from local beaches, rivers, or lakes and share information on how to reduce marine debris and land base debris with others.
Ocean Blue Project a grassroots nonprofit of Oregon has a newly formed Florida Chapter named the Florida Gulf Keepers and will be hosting many beach cleanups starting this December starting in West Palm Beach Florida, Sarasota, Fort Myers, and in Indian Rocks Beach. Please give back by making a donation supporting beach cleanups, or join a beach cleanup with our local nonprofit. Join The Next Florida Beach Clean up.
This black Friday do something food for the environment like a local beach cleanup, river cleanup, or plant a tree.
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