What originally was a planned cleanup for just the team at WDC turned into over 60 volunteers from the local community coming out to help make a difference. The cleanup took place at Spey Bay in Moray, Scotland, right behind the Dolphin Centre. Spey Bey is home to thousands of bottlenose dolphins among other marine life so it is important to make sure this area is clean and that the shorelines are debris-free.
After the cleanup, volunteers sorted through the collected items and sorted out the recyclables from the non-recyclable waste. A vast majority of the trash that was collected was plastic. Plastic pollution is detrimental to the marine environment because it is a material that cannot biodegrade in nature. This means that once plastic enters the ocean, it will always be there unless it is removed by a cleanup team or a passionate boater who picks it up in passing and properly disposes of it.
The most interesting item found at the cleanup was a plastic Godzilla toy that one of the volunteers found washed up on the shore. Among the large, plastic child's toy was several tires and many fragments of discarded rope. WDC's mission is to have a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. They strive for this mission each and every day by amazing people with the wonder of whales and dolphins and inspire global action to protect them. In Moray, the WDC is working to ensure better protection for the whales and dolphins found around the coast of Scotland. Many whales and dolphins become entangled in discarded ghost nets and discarded fishing line. To be able to remove these items from the ocean and coastlines before they pose a threat to marine life is a great accomplishment for us.
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