A small group of us made it through a tidal creek at low tide and 2 feet of water to get at some of the foam residing on Pritchard Island.
We tried to stay focused on the foam that apparently is debris from the burnt out shrimp boat that drifted onto this beach. Left in place this foam will break up into bite size yellow chunks that will be consumed by wildlife.
We removed a tremendous amount of foam. About 30 large burlap sacks were removed from the high tide line. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of foam, trash, debris and treated lumber remaining on this island.
One of the items that really stood out on this island was the number of Mylar and plastic balloons that were on this uninhabited island. Sea turtles eat this material and it either kills them or makes them sick enough that they end up in a rescue center having to have it removed from their stomachs. So as we came across the balloons we removed them, but for the most part stuck to just removing the foam.
These balloons contained messages that included Rest in Peace, Get Well, Congratulations, Happy Birthday, and Jurassic Park. And they ranged in age from being new to all of the coloring removed due to age and the environment.
It was an 87 degree, high humidity day, and we had to move the bags a mile down the beach. Some of this foam had metal and large chunks of fiberglass attached and was very heavy. The foam become even heavier once it was wet when walking in the ocean to circumvent some of the trees laying on the beach.
We have some awesome volunteers.