Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

March 3, 2013

The Ghost Net And Other Assorted Trash

Marine Debris  
Marine Debris
Photo credit:  NOAA CCFHR

A thousand pound fishing net has recently been found on one of our Florida reefs
and it is killing our sea life and wreaking havoc on the reefs.
Is this the first time that this has happened, of course not, nor will it be the last,
the point is how do we stop this.
Unattended, lost or discarded fishing nets, crab traps and assorted other gear,
including lines, have caused the deaths of many sea creatures over the years and
now in addition to these, we are finding that the same things are happening to sea life
with a myriad of plastics that have been thrown into the oceans all over the world.
Their tragic story is here:   Victims Of Pacific Trash
What bothers me the most, is the callous disregard for animals lives that some humans display.
Walk across the parking lot of your local Wal Mart, you'll get the picture.
Take a stroll along the shore of any beach, it's the same.
Local parks, school yards, more of the same, litter, trash, garbage, it's everywhere.
The thing is this, we have become a race of careless, thoughtless dumpers.
Whenever we are through with something, we just toss it, wherever.
And its not just our trash, but also pets that people have tired of caring for and just thrown away.
The entire state of Florida is now reeling from the soaring numbers of these discarded pets.
It is alarming for those who care for both our wildlife and the environment and are sickened by the garbage found all around us on a daily basis.
This trash and garbage that so many toss so casually, is costing all of us, including our wildlife and we all need to start thinking before tossing.
What is that saying, " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. "

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