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Leatherback turtles are endangered so each and every one of them is critical for the survival of the species. Leatherback turtles eat jellyfish. A balloon in the water can be mistaken for it's favorite food. Balloons, plastic bags, styrofoam, and trash floating in the water all can be mistaken as food and the turtles die when this trash blocks their intestines.

Link for more info on leatherback turtles, and a link for a children's activity called “Protecting Leatherback Turtles from Balloons” that shows them how a balloon can look like a jellyfish to a turtle.
 

You can make a difference. Please properly dispose of your garbage. Celebrate events without the use of balloon releases. 

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