As you know, going to the beach is one of my most favorite things. I go as much as I can and seem to find something new to enjoy each time I walk along the water’s edge.
As I wrote earlier this week, we went early Sunday morning to folly Beach and it was perfect. The temperature was just right. The water was warm making me want to jump in and take a swim. The tide had gone out, leaving big tidal pools everywhere with some filled with sea creatures such as crabs, fish and stingrays. We took the pup with us and she had a great time, walking through the water and exploring.
But there was something I left out in my earlier blog post. I love taking pictures and that day the beach was covered in beautiful shells. I bent down to take some up close shots and there, in the middle of these shells, was a plastic bottle cap. It wasn’t that big but I immediately felt sad. Why can’t people just throw their trash away properly? There is no telling where this bottle cap came from, how long it had been in the water.
What is so sad is that trash, especially plastics, is harming more sea creatures every day. You’ve probably heard by now about the whales that have washed up deceased on the beaches, their digestive systems clogged with pounds and pounds of plastics. To whales, turtles, dolphin, etc., this floating trash/plastic looks like kelp/seaweed or other creatures they would normally eat. I find it so sad that all we have to do is dispose of our trash in recycling containers and that would help the situation so much.
I don’t want this blog to be depressing but just wanted to show this picture of how trash can turn up anywhere if we let it. Let’s be the change. Start making sure that what you take to the beach comes home with you or is thrown away properly. That way we are examples to others to do the same thing. Sometimes it only takes one person to start a movement in the right direction.
Be the change. Set the example.