A major threat to whales, dolphins and other marine animals throughout the world is the contamination of their habitat. An important part of our mission is to reduce contamination and to help foster a respect for the environment. During our efforts on the water in 2006 I was astonished at how much garbage we saw. We had a total of 46 sightings of garbage. Twenty-two of the 46 sightings were of balloons. Balloons are a pet peeve of mine.
Please dispose of balloons properly. Do not let balloons loose into the atmosphere. Balloons travel incredibly far. Even when released inland they can end up in the ocean. Please spread the word that balloons can mean death for marine animals.
See www.savethewhales.org for an alternative to using balloons for birthdays, grand openings, and other festivities.