Balloon Crisis Averted

Crew member fetches a deflated balloon from the water, making the ocean a safer home for sea turtles. Photo credit: NOAA/NMFS Jerry Prezioso.

Sea turtles can mistake plastic like this mylar balloon for jellyfish (their primary food) and can ingest or choke on them.

Holding aloft the glittery gloop of a deteriorating plastic balloon. Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC Jerry Prezioso.

One less mylar balloon in the sea!

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