First Beach Cleanup for the Whales

June 10th, 2017 by Whitney Neugebauer

Celebrating World Oceans Day, the Hour for the Ocean event connects citizens across Puget Sound to remove debris from local beaches. These beaches are where we enjoy watching whales and are often a source of marine pollution with negative consequences for wildlife. In fact, a gray whale died with a stomach full of trash in West Seattle in 2010. 

Whale Scout led an energetic group of 30 volunteers at Alki Beach.

The most commonly collected items were cigarette butts although a variety of other plastics (lids, caps, etc.) were collected along with a large piece of styrofoam.

Our group collected 99 pounds of trash in just one hour!

Some of our crew!

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