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Spread the Word and Put an End to Mass Balloon Releases in Massachusetts!

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Help us save endangered sea turtles!  Do you think this little guy would rather enjoy the wonder and majesty of our marine animals for a lifetime, or witness momentary mass balloon releases?  Sam’s excitement as he met Myrtle the Turtle for the first time says it all!

 

True….. 

·         Mass balloon releases are fun to watch for the few seconds they last

 

·         Balloons are fun for kids

 

Also True….. 

·         Balloons released into the air end up in the environment and often end up in our oceans, leaving lasting and devastating effects on our marine wildlife

 

·         Endangered seas turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, seabirds and other species mistake deflated balloons for food, and often die

 

·         Balloon strings cause serious risk to marine animals through ingestion and entanglement

 

I ask you…. 

·         You wouldn’t throw litter out your car window or over the side of a boat, would you?  Releasing balloons into the air is littering as well!

 

·         Would you or your family rather share our planet with and enjoy the wonder of our marine animals, such as sea turtles and dolphin, or witness fleeting mass balloon releases?

 

 

That’s my nephew Sam in the picture, and I think his smiling face as he met Myrtle the Turtle for the first time says it all!  In this season of graduation celebrations, parties and other events, we, the New England Aquarium Dive Club, urge you to spread the word of how mass balloon releases can seriously harm wildlife, including our endangered sea turtles.


Help us to encourage our politicians here in Massachusetts to help our wildlife and join the many other states that outlaw mass balloon releases.

 

Balloons are fun for kids, but help us to make sure they are enjoyed INDOORS, not outdoors!

 

For more information, or to share your thoughts and efforts, contact me at environmental@neadc.org.  In addition to being a very active dive club that organizes shore and boat dives, holds meetings with speakers on topics that interest the dive community, and organizes fun non-diving events, one of the New England Aquarium Dive Club’s prime objectives is to advance the protection of the aquatic environment.  We promote a clean, safe, and accessible diving environment; hold annual shore clean-ups where we pick up balloons and other trash and dispose of it properly; and organize the Great Annual Fish Count where divers throughout New England join together to conduct underwater animal censuses.  If you would like to learn more about the New England Aquarium Dive Club, feel free to stop by one of our monthly meetings.  They are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the New England Aquarium.  Check out our website at www.neadc.org for more info. 



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