60+ Balloons Found at Padre Island National Seashore After Valentine’s Weekend

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Police officials of Corpus Christi, Texas at the Padre Island National Seashore remind people that leaving balloons in the air or the open can end up hurting wildlife. More than 60 balloons were found at the beach after the weekend of Valentine’s Day.

A Facebook post was made of the family that voluntarily cleaned up the beach on Saturday. They found 65 Valentine’s balloons left on the shore. Two more balloons were discovered on Sunday which leaves the question: How many balloons were not discovered and were left to sail away in the ocean?

The boy in the photo, Andrew Ibarra, was walking on the beach with his family. They were celebrating the 8th grader’s birthday.

Andrew is studying in 8th grade at Gregory Portland Middle School and his mother told KSAT that he “made us stop over 40 times to pick up all the balloons,” his mother told KSAT.

Experts have stated that sea turtles are found to mistake balloons as jellyfish and ingest them. Additionally, the strings of the balloons can get tangled on marine wildlife as well as birds.

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Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on Monday, February 17, 2020

On the Facebook post, the statement read that there were sure more balloons that others have found and balloons that were just left in the waters.

Even though balloons are a very fun way to celebrate a special they, it is important to take care of the remainders after the day since they can lead to harm in the long-run.

A post was made by Padre Island National Seashore on Facebook saying: “The Day After Valentine’s Day may be filled with love, but the day after, the beach is filled with balloons. On Saturday the Ibarra family did a beach cleanup and picked up about 65 Valentine’s balloons. On Sunday, two more were found. We’re sure many more have been found that we haven’t been told about.” This post was made on Monday, February 17, 2020.

Even though 67 balloons were found at the beach on Monday, who knows how many other balloons and strings were left and ended up in the Gulf.

Notes were made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations that balloons are carried along the currents and winds and can have a devastating impact on the ecosystem. When the balloon goes inside of the ocean, they become an enormous hazard for marine wildlife

Sources:  www.ksat.com

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