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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stop Trashing Our Oceans!




Cinta is a victim of ocean trash.

This month The Marine Mammal Center is launching a campaign called
Stop Trashing Our Oceans! It's a timely reminder given that Coastal Clean-Up Day is right around the corner.

Every year the Center treats animals that are victims of
ocean trash. Examples of ocean trash include ribbons from helium balloons like the ones wrapped around Cinta's flipper in the picture. But other ocean trash items are things like fishing line, netting, soda can plastic rings, and packing straps.

Imagine if everyone thought about how
we are all connected to the ocean before disposing of any trash. By simply reducing the amount of ocean trash, we can similarly reduce the number of animals entangled by ocean trash.

When these animals ingest ocean trash or become
entangled in it, they can become severely injured and even die. Fortunately, Cinta was rescued and treated by the Center. But not all marine mammals are so lucky.

But don't despair! There are many easy things to do to reduce your ocean trash footprint. Get started now by taking a look at our brand new web page on
ocean trash. And while you are online, become a fan on Facebook too!