I collected about six grocery store size bags of trash this morning, three yesterday, and 1 1/2 on both Thursday and Friday. This includes much of the heavy grade plastic, NINE balloons & strings, and a shattered glass liquor bottle in front of Shell Island Resort. I picked up all of the large pieces of glass, but many shards remained. I felt horrible thinking about the likelihood of someone stepping on those tiny fragments of glass that were left behind. I've also carried a few towels and other large items to the trash cans.
The very first day, I found a huge loggerhead sea turtle washed up dead in the surf on the north end. The poor thing was in pieces and falling apart. Not a nice way to start my two weeks of monitoring, to say the least! Yesterday, someone had a party on the north side of JM Pier (photos attached). Tiki torches and fuel were also littered about the site. They must have had one awesome good time! Too bad they were too tired to clean up after themselves. Today, people were sleeping all along the beach; at Mallard St., Stone St., near the Oceanic, and at Access #41. I've passed people with dogs on the beach every single morning. Ugh!
Okay, so much for all the doom and gloom. The great news is that our nest is intact, the trench has been built, and we have the arrival of some beautiful sea turtle hatchlings in our very near future!
I will look forward to seeing many of you on the beach!